Exploding Box

Here are some instructions for making an exploding box.  The instructions and pics were all created by Carol M on the forum - my thanks for all her hard work.  Click through for larger images, and use the back button to return to the instructions.  These instructions were posted on the forum.<--! and there is a section on the gallery showing lots of examples.  -->

Here are some pictures of a box recently completed by Adele. With new techniques and products it has given the project a new lease of life.

You will need 3 sheets of 12x12 card
1 sheet of A4 card

white card is used here but you can use a co-ordinated colour if you wish too

Cut your first sheet of 12x12 card to a 9x9 square
Cut your second to 8 5/8" x 8 5/8"
Cut your third to 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" 

Now you will need to score your squares - each will end up with nine squares:

Take the 9x 9 and mark and 3 intervals score each of the lines.

Take the 8 5/8" x 8 5/8" square at 2 7/8" intervals score each of the lines.

Take the 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" square at 2 3/4" intervals score each of the lines.



Now cut each of the corner squares away it will leave you with this



Do the same for each of the 3 sheets, and fold.

You can corner punch the corners if you wish

Now take 9 square and lay flat on the surface
Put ds tape on the back of the next sized square and place it onto the top of the 9 square.
Take the smallest square, put ds tape on the back and then place that on top of the middle size square

Once everything is stuck down, it should look like this


Making the lid:

Take your A4 sheet of card and cut to a 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" square . Score at 1 across and down the page

TURN YOUR SQUARE OVER and score the corners ONLY of your cardstock. Start with the point in the inner square, and score it outwards.


Pinch the corners where you have just scored and it should look like this

Now tuck the corners underneath and glue them once they are all stuck it should look like this:


decorate your box as you wish


I had a go and managed to do it in a slightly smaller size using A4 card as I did not have any 12 X 12:
21cm square scoring at 7cm
20.1cm square scoring at 6.7cm
19.2cm square scoring at 6.4

and the lid 13.5 scoring at 3cm rim or for a smaller rim I would revise this to 12.5 - scoring at 2.5cm


This is Carols finished project.


and this is my finished box - you can't see that there is any difference in size, and is certainly big enough to pop in a gift.

  Carolyn Woodruff January 2007 Updated July 2012