Ugh, guys, I want you to know that I did actually write this on Wednesday after posting the Hump Day Book Review, but you see we ran into a little problem just now. I plugged in the SD card from my Camera to upload the pictures of the mock box I made as an example and some freakin’ how all of the pictures I took of the box I gifted to Sterling are GONE!!!! They’re not on the camera, they’re not in my one drive, and I have no idea how they disappeared or where they’ve disappeared to. Bleh. Anyway, luckily Cassilee had the brilliant idea to ask Shelby to just send my pictures, so I had to wait for those, but nothing was going to stop this from happening today!
So…here we go, on with the show.
Hello wild ones! TGIF! Though…for me it’s more like the middle of my weekend already, I’m due back at work on Sunday night, so currently I’m trying to squeeze every ounce of fun I can out of my time with Cassilee and Corbin.
Alright, so like a freakin week ago I teased you with an explosion box walk through and then never delivered…just like me. Well, today I bring you the explosion box. Full disclosure before we start, this is a super simple version of some that you may have seen elsewhere. I was a explosion box virgin when I made my first one a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t go too crazy with decorating the inside our outside. There are however plans in the making for bigger and better boxes. Casilee is expecting her second baby in October and I’m making one for baby number two that will probably blow the first one out of the water, but we gotta start somewhere right. Leonardo didn’t start off with the Mona Lisa.
Anyway, here’s a list of the basic stuff you need.
- Paper (duh) – the size is really up to you. For the box that I’m showing you I used 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″, cut down in the following way: 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″, 1 sheet of 11.5″ x 11.5″, and 1 sheet of 11″ x 11″, and 1 sheet of 9″ x 9″. Of course You can use any size you want, the basic requirement is that the paper is square.
- Adhesive – you can use glue, double sided tape, or one of those fancy tape/glue guns, I used all three.
- Paper cutter (optional)
And that’s it kids. If you want to make a super simple box like the one I did those are the foundation components. From there you dress it up any way you want. For Sterling’s box I added pictures from her mother’s pregnancy as well as the first pictures I received of her. Oh, I also added a little note from me to her and her little box held a tiny piggy bank (because I collect them and I thought it would be a cute way to give her a piece of me). I went back and forth on trying to figure out what the hell to give her and the new born baby and I settled on something straight from my hands and heart.
To start set one piece of your 12″ x 12″ paper aside for the top.
Next take the other 12″ x 12′ piece and begin by placing your ruler on the bottom edge of your paper and marking every 4″ inches, repeat on all four sides, and then connect the marks to create a grid. Should look something like this.
- Using your scissors cut out the 4 outside squaresYou should end up with a plus sign/cross that looks like this.
Now simply fold the 4 remaining squares toward the center, one at a time, to create a sharp fold.
Set that aside and repeat the process on the remaining paper. Please note, that before beginning to mark your smaller pieces you should take the full height and divide it by 3 so you get even sized boxes all the way around.
From here your going to embellish each layer however you want, making sure to leave the middle square blank.
Once you’re done decorating, it’s time to start layering.Place the largest piece, decorated side facing upwards and slap some adhesive in the center box. For this step I used actual e6000 because I wanted to be sure that my box would not come apart, but you can use any adhesive you have. Take the second largest piece and place it on top of the larger piece, so that their middle line up, and then repeat for the last layer and allow to dry.
Now it’s time to make the top. For this step I messed up a tiny bit because the 12″ x 12′ square was a bit big, but I ended up just cutting about 1.5 inches off each side. For the top, you’re going to make the same grid we made on all of the other pieces, but instead of completely removing the outside squares you’re just going to make one vertical cut on each side.
After making your cuts, you then fold each side in, one by one, to get the sharp folds, and once that is done you’re going to take one side, fold it toward the middle, so it makes a 90 degree angle, and fold the outside flap toward the next side *see picture* and then repeat that process for the remaining sides. You can add glue to each of the little flaps as you fold them in, so your structure is stronger.
Now simply hold your layers up at a 90 degree angle.
Viola, you have an explosion box!
I hope that was helpful and not too confusing. Of course, if you have any questions please leave them below. If you follow me over on Instagram you’ve already seen a couple of these photos, but here is the finished box that I gave to Sterling, minus the little piggy.
If you decide to make an explosion box of your own please, please, send me pictures! I would love to see what you create. Don’t forget to go follow me on Instagram to see more pictures of the stuff I’m up to. Check out my Goodreads profile to see what I’m reading this week. And, if you have snapchat come find me @crazydame90 to witness the ridiculous stuff I send out all day long.
Until later, stay wonderfully wild!