Papercraft Explosion Box Card
The explosion box have been a hot trend on Pinterest of late, and we think they’re a fantastic way to breath new life into traditional cardmaking! Why give someone a card, when you create something cool and kinetic… using all the same craft supplies?! This is a project where you can really let your creativity go wild; kids will also love the opportunity to add decorations, and little surprises! You could create one of these colourful exploding boxes for Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and plenty more occasions!
You Will Need:
- Purple Card – 30 x 30cms
- Pink Card 36 x 36cms
- Blue Card – 42 x 42cms
- Blue Card for the lid – 27 x 27cms
- Chocolate eggs and other chocolates
- Extra card stock and pretty paper
- Decorations such as buttons, ribbons, small pegs and scrabble letters
- Small terracotta pot
- Green felt
- Toy house fence panels
- A small square piece of 3cm thick polystyrene
- 2 small yellow pom poms (approx 1cm in diameter)
- 1 white pom pom (approx 3cm in diameter)
- White and pink foam (for the bunny feet)
- Glue gun
- Pen knife
- Cutting board
- Glue stick
- Double sided tape
- Burlap ribbon
How to Make an Explosion Box Step-by-Step:
Start with the blue card. This will be the base of the exploding box. Mark out 14 cms from each corner, and use a ruler to draw a grid. Your paper should now be divided into 9 even squares.
Using a pen knife or scissors, cut out the corner squares, so you end up with a t-shape. Use a ruler to fold each side into the middle, and score the crease.
Decorate the base using card stock and ribbon. Use double sided tape to attach four small chocolate eggs to the top of each side. The weight of the eggs will help the box ‘explode’ when it’s opened.
Take your pink card, and and measure 12 cms from each side. Cut, and score the creases just as you did with the blue card.
Decorate this layer with more card stock and any other embellishments you like. This layer can be a little more ‘3 D’ so I used chocolates, frames, buttons, and silk butterflies to give it some depth.
Take your purple card and repeat steps 1 and 2, this time measuring 10 cms in from each corner.
This will be your final layer, so really get creative with the decorations! I made a plinth using a small piece of polystyrene (which was around 5cm in width and length and 3 cm deep) and covering it with a piece of green felt.
Doll house fence panels are perfect for a cute garden touch. Add a small terracotta pot, and fill with chocolate eggs.
To make the bunny, cut out little ‘feet’ from white foam, and use the pink foam to make toes and feet pads. Take your white pom pom, and glue on the feet using a glue gun, and a small pink pom pom for the tail. Glue this onto the rim of your terracotta pot so it looks like the bunny is diving for eggs!
Next, make your chick pegs. I used two small yellow pom poms, glued on some beads for the eyes and yellow triangle for the beak, then hot glue gunned them to mini pegs. Glue two of these onto one flap, and use the pegs to hold a piece of paper or a message.
Use Scrabble or foam letters to spell out Happy Easter, and add any other embellishments you like!
Now make the lid by take a piece of cardboard measuring 27 by 27 cms. This time, measure 6 cms in from each side, so the inside panel measures 15 cm. This will be the top of your box, which I made slightly bigger to make room for the burlap ribbon. Draw your grid. Only cut the line on the right of each corner. Score all your lines, and glue each flap to the inside of the box. Use pegs to secure until dry.
Attach a burlap ribbon and bow.
Lay out the blue layer, use a glue stick on the base, and then place the pink on top. Repeat with the purple layer.
Now fold up all the sides, and place your lid on top. When you open up your explosion box, the sides will ‘explode’ with delightful Easter surprises!
Penelope’s Top Tips:
- I found double sided tape was perfect for attaching the chocolate eggs.
- Used wrapping paper and old cards you’ve kept are perfect for this project!
- This is a great craft to do with young ones. Just pre-cut the card, and let them go to town decorating!
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