Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hi everyone! It's Libeeti here and I'd like to show you how to make an exploding box. It is much easier to make it than you might think, and the outcome is WOW!
With Valentine's Day around the corner, this exploding box can be the perfect gift to your loved ones.

You'll need:

3 heavy weight paterned papers - 12"x 12", 11 1/4 " x 11 1/4 ", 10 1/2 x 10 1/2".
Solid cs in coordinating color (for the lid) - 6 3/4" x 6 3/4".
a trimmer or a metal ruler & crafting knife
scoring tool (bone folder or something like that)
a pencil
double sided tape
likuid glue
optional - distress inks, corner punch
photos (abotu 12-20 photos, or less if you choose to leave some of the squares without photos)
Step 1:

On the 12"x12" pp, mark with a pencil at 4" and 8".
On the 11 1/4 " x 11 1/4" pp, mark at 3 3/4" and 7 1/2 ".
On the 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" pp, mark at 3 1/2 and 7".
Draw lines so you'll get 9 squares on each pp.

Step 2:
On each of the pp, cut the 4 outer squares, so you'll get a cross shape.

Step 3:

Score the lines of the inner square. Do the same for the other two pp.
This is what you should get:

Step 4:

Adhere the outer squares that you cut before on the other side of each wing of the cross, the inner white side. Do the same for each square, and this is what you should get:

I inked the inner squares of each cross and then I adhered a square solid cs on the inner square of the smallest cross:

At this point, you can use the corner punch on all corners (I didn't...)

Step 5:

For the lid -
Score lines 1 1/4" from each end, so that's what you should get:

Turn the cs, and score diagonal lines on the small outer squares:

If you wish to embellish the lid with brads or eyelets, this is the time to do it (it will be difficult to do it once you fold the lid and adhere it).

Step 6:

Put double sided tape on the inner side of the 4 small outer squares:

You'll need to do it on both sides of the diagonal line (I forgot to do it, and had to adhere later, so watch out... )

Step 7:

Fold the sides up along the lines. Fold the corners along the diagonal lines:

Adhere the corners on the inside part and you finished your lid:

Embellish the lid as you wish.

Step 7:

Adhere your photos and embellishments on the different squares.

Step 8:

Put some liquid glue on the inner square of the middle cross, and adhere the small cross to it:

Do the same on the inner square of the big cross, and adhere the two other parts to it:

Fold all the edges and hold with the lid, and there you got your exploding box!

It is really quite easy to make it. Give it a try and if you do, please leave us a link on the comment section, so we'll be able to pop over and leave you some love.

Enjoy it!


10 Responses to “SHOW ME SUNDAY BY: Libeeti”

Shelley said...

Fantastic tutorial!!! Thanks ever so much.

Diana said...

This is gorgeous. I love the colors and embellishments you used. Fabulous!!!! Tutorial going to give it a try.

Fern said...

OMWord, Libeeti, this is amazing!!! Gorgeous decorations!!!! TFS!!! Hugs!!

Henriƫtte said...

wooowwww.... what an amzaing exploding box.
Fantastic tutorial, thanks for it.
Hugs Henriƫtte

Jennifer Campbell said...

How funny!!! I taught a class on this 3 years ago and just today decided to do another one... this time an explosion purse box! I will make one and link it if I have some extra time this week!!!

Lori Apgar said...

Thanks for a great tutorial!!! I haven't tried one of these yet, but they are very cool!

CraftyGirl said...

Libeeti...this is so cool!! I am going to have to try this for sure! Thanks for the easy step by step directions!!
Barb :)

Besthobbyeva said...

What a beautiful box. Thanks for the tutorial!

Kim H said...

OMG... this box is beautiful! I LOVE all the details! Thnk You for the awesome tutorial too!

EstherT said...

I know it's really late to comment on this, but I wanted to let you know how much I've appreciated this tutorial. I've made one of these for my parents, one for my Mother-in-law, my husband, and one for his aunt. Everyone absolutely loves them - they have been perfect gifts.

Thank you so much,
Esther Turner