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Thanks for dropping by at our blog! In this series, I would like to show you how you can create your first own explosion box without having any extensive knowledge about handicrafts. Don't worry, it's easier than you think and your work will be rewarded with the perfect gift. Your family and friends will be happy about an individual and self-made present that comes from the heart. Whether it's a wedding, birthday or any other event - an explosion box can be given as a gift for any occasion. It gives the receiver a great surprise effect and offers endless design possibilities. But with the many possible options, there also comes a problem before you start with the creation of a new box: "Where do I start?" In this blog entry, I will help you decide which type of base area of your explosion box is most suitable and show you step by step how each different base areas are created. At the end of the article, there is a short manual (PDF) with templates including dimensions to download, print out and rebuild. I have also made a video for you in which I explain the individual steps of creating the base area in detail (will be published shortly). Are you ready? Then, let's start!
Now let's make a box with the outer dimensions 10x10x10 cm together. All you need is a ruler, a pencil, an eraser, a glue and scissors. In order to ensure a sufficient stability of the box, the cardboard that you use should have a grammage of approximately 200-300 g/m2 and be at least 30x30 cm in size. You can use, for example, a common cardboard (220g/m2) or a photo cardboard (300g/m2) from your surrounding craft shop. Scrapbooking papers (usually available in the sizes 30.5x30.5 cm) with a sufficient grammage are also suitable. The papers I used in the picture above, are available online in different colors, for example at Faltkarten.com. On this website, you can also find beautiful pastel shaded colors which are recently popular lately as well as various design and special papers.
Now we have different possibilities to design the corners of the box. The easiest way is to completely cut out the squares in the corners, fold the remaining auxiliary lines and remove the pencil lines. Done!
Here's a tip on folding: It is best to place a ruler flush with the line and press the carton against it. To get a cleaner edge, place your ruler flush and cut the line softly with a cutter or craft knife (available in our shop). All you have to do is be to careful not to apply too much pressure and damage the paper. In addition to the cutter, there are other folding and buckling aids such as the embossing pen* or the folding stick* that you can use. After you have folded the carton, draw the fold line. If you have one at hand, it is best to use a folding bone to smooth it out. You can find more tips for handicrafts with paper in my blog entry "Handicrafts with Paper - My Tips and Material Recommendations".
If you would like to have side pockets to insert greeting cards, money or vouchers into your box, please proceed as follows:
The opening of my pockets always points outwards, because I find it more user-friendly. However, you can also let the pockets point inwards if you like it better. This base area forms the basis for a large number of my explosion boxes, for example, also my wedding box "Aiyana". For this box, I have created one side with a greeting card for congratulations and designed the opposite side as a side pocket:
If you don't need the side pockets, you can also connect the side walls with shaped corners like hearts or triangles.
Personally, I often use the simple basic model for my explosion boxes since the "explosion effect" is the biggest here. In the other two versions, the four side walls are connected and therefore the resistance to "explode" is slightly higher. I also like to use the sides of the simple basic model to create side pockets. Nevertheless, the other two models look very nice and if you weigh down the side walls of your box with design elements, they will also "explode" in a beautiful way.
A great advantage of the simple base area is that it can be easily extended by additional base elements. Depending on how much space you need, you can add more layers and create "more boxes in the box" 😊, so to speak. For example, I like to make boxes with three layers to integrate various photos and drawings into the box. I'm going to explore this layer model in more detail in the second part of this blog entry (coming soon) along with the different design elements you can use to decorate this box. As an example for this layer model, I would like to show you my very first explosion box that I have created a few years back:
In the example above, I used a corner type to build a children's room. In the center of the box there is a cradle and a rocking horse. I cut out a rectangular hole in one of the side walls to create a window which further enhances the spatial effect. The focus of the corner box is clearly on the middle. The two remaining sides are mostly used for a simple side pocket and a card.
If you're thinking of an event and a room scene pops into your head, you can turn this idea in most of the cases into a corner box. How about a classroom box as a gift for a school enrollment or a living room box for a housewarming party? There are no limits to your creativity!
The first steps to create this box are the same as above: Cut the cardboard of your choice to 30x30 cm and draw four lines with your pencil. Now cut out only one of the corner squares and cut through the adjacent auxiliary line until you hit the center square of the base area. To design the side pocket, we cut the opposite corner squares at the diagonal and the auxiliary lines above them (as shown below):
We bend the remaining auxiliary lines again with the help of our ruler and smooth the fold lines. Then we add glue to the right side of the base area. The glued side is then set up at right angles and glued again to the back of the other side. Our corner box base area is now complete. Tip: You'll find it easier if you decorate your center and sides first and then glue the sides together.
Another tip for gluing: I prefer to use double-sided tape. Double-sided adhesive tape provides a very high adhesive strength and you don't have to wait until the glue has dried. In addition, there will be also no waves in the cardboard when drying. These waves can lead to unattractive results when using liquid glue, especially when gluing thinner types of cardboard or when using a high amount of glue. You can find my "all-rounder" adhesive tape from the brand 3M (6 mm, 50 meters) here.*. This offers a sufficient adhesive strength for the firm bonding of cardboard and has as I find a good price-performance ratio. The second adhesive tape that I use very often is from the brand Rayher (6 mm, 10 meters) and is available in our shop. This tape has a slightly higher adhesive strength and is available in smaller quantities if you don't need it that often. This tape is also often found in handicraft shops. Many more tips for handicrafts with paper can also be found in this blog post on our website.
Another popular use case for this type of base area is stage designs. Just create a small rectangular podium and connect your base area with it at right angles. This design can, for example, be used to create great gift boxes for musicals, theater or concert vouchers.
The first steps to create this type are the same as above: Cut our a cardboard of your choice to 30x30 cm and draw four lines with your pencil. The example below shows a box with a side pocket to the right and the left of the stage. Proceed according to the photo instructions below. Then make a rectangular podium that is a bit smaller than the center of your base area (in our example 9x8x1 cm) and glue the bottom and the back of the podium to your base area. Your stage is now complete and you can decorate it as you like.
Now cut out the outer lines, slightly trace all the inner lines with a cutter and bend the fold lines using a folding stick. Put glue on the glue flaps (or if possible, double-sided adhesive tape) and put together your lid.
border punch with flower pattern*).
PDF Download. If you also need further guidance on how to create your explosion boxes, then please take a look at my digital templates on this website. Among other digital products there is a DIY template for making a birthday explosion box. The template HAPPY contains not only the design templates for printing, but also detailed craft instructions and many tips and tricks for crafting with paper. Here you can continue with part 2 of this blog post. I will introduce you to various design elements for the inner area of an explosion box. Since this is my very first blog entry, I would be very happy if you leave me a comment and give me feedback on how you liked my tutorial and what I can do better in the future. Please feel free to ask any questions if something is unclear or you have problems. Also you can follow me on Instagram @suzupapers and share the results of your explosion boxes with me (#suzupaperDIY). I'd really love to see some of your new handicraft work!
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My students really want to make a gift box in class. I have found the perfect guide here that will save me a lot of time and search. Thank you very much for this great help!
Greetings and all the best
Excellent! I've already gone through dimensions etc. in my head, and I'm thinking about how it could work with the bags ... I'm thrilled, how easy you understand it and how simple the steps are, I would have reached the goal in a complicated way, but that's how it was it much easier! THANK YOU
We are thrilled ... by the great instructions for the explosion box ... We dared for the first time and even a non-hobbyist in our triple round managed to make a great box ... 💕👍😀 Thank you for the great elaboration and explanation ... Many greetings Gabi u. their handicraft guests
Hello great post! I came across the article in my search for cardboard boxes. Kind regards
Thanks for all the nice comments! I'm really pleased that the blog entry is so well received and many of you are interested in a second part. Unfortunately, the second part has moved back a bit, as I have designed some new products and prepared for the Christmas business. But I've decided to publish the second part by mid-December at the latest! Thank you for your patience and support. I would be glad, if you also stop by the second part.
Very great instructions 👍👍👍 great explained. Bastel himself for over a year explosion boxes and think it's great that there are people like you are then something new in the design show, namely that with the stage structure, I can not yet. I already worked on 50 boxes.
Thank you very much
First of all thanks for this great guide.
When does 2 get out of this?
Thank you so much for your paper blog on Explosion cards, photos are very clear and helpful. So the free PDF!
Looking forward to giving it a go now I have your instructions.
Thank you for this great guide !! Very clear and explained in great detail !! I will use this guide in the coming days to make my first Explosionsbox. I'm looking forward to the second part !! Thanks again and best regards
Super nicely explained and great result :), we tinker with enthusiasm and eagerly wait for Teil2 for the inner workings.
Thanks a lot for the tips! Very helpful!