Explosion Box and Instructions
his template is customize-able and the possibilities are endless.
This is how I made my box without instructions. I did not use any paper larger than the standard 8.5x11" cardstock.
Please excuse my terrible graphic design skills. I didn't want to hand-draw them! I do not have photos along the way, as this was my first box and had no idea what the outcome would be.
Pick out the color cardstock you will want the box and lid to be. I used Night of Navy 8.5x11" sheets. With this template, the inside is just a repeat of the outside of the box, so select your inside colors, if necessary.
For the inside layer, I used Crumb Cake 8.5x11" sheets.
I also brought out coordinating retired DSP scraps I had on hand.
The reason my tutorial is different than others is having a large sheet of paper is not necessary. With the 8.5x11" sheets, the largest size box you can make is maybe 7" sides, and that is pretty tall.
First, cut the outside of the box. Use this template to cut out the squares.
You need a paper trimmer, snips or scissors, and a bone folder.
You want to cut out (4) "squares with a 1/4" flap" and you want to cut out (1) square with no flap. The no-flap square is your center piece.
Score the flaps, and trim the corners of the flaps.
I used double-sided tape for this next part, but you can use glue as well. Use a good adhesive.
First, make sure you fold the flaps on your scored lines. It will make assembly easier if you do this first.
Second, apply adhesive to the top of the flaps. You want to apply it in a way that the center no-flap square will sit on top of the flap. I hope this makes sense. Basically you're going to stick the flaps to the bottom of the center square so they are hidden.
Having the flaps folded is to help you see that if the box sides are folded up, the center square is not preventing them from standing up.
For the inside layers: Repeat the steps of making the outside of the box.
For my box, this is the part I used the Crumb Cake cardstock. I followed the exact same instructions above, but the only difference is I made my center square, and squares with flaps about 1/2" smaller than the outside of the box.
This is totally up to you: you can make as many layers as you want inside your box, but this template should be used as a general guide. I only did one layer inside my box project here.
This is the the template for the box lid. I'm sure there are probably better tutorials on the internet! I hope you can follow my logic on the creation of the lid.
That concludes the tutorial for making my explosion box. The rest, I do not have measurements for. I pretty much just threw the rest together, but this is what I did:
Using DSP, I cut out squares that fit on the sides to make a nice layered look. I used a corner punch for the decorative corners. I used my Big Shot to cut out butterflies dies, and I used stamps and a punch for the inside sentiment.
I decorated the lid of the box with a doily, some die cut butterflies, and I made a tiny envelope under the butterflies to hold a message. I made a tag that can be inserted into the envelope, and there's a small ribbon to pull the tag out.
I hope this tutorial helps you, even a little bit!