An exploding box is a great variant to a traditional card. From the outside it looks like a present or gift box but then when you open it, you’re in for a lovely surprise – photos, messages and other personalized notes. My mother-in-law’s birthday is this Friday and I thought this would be great way to wish her as well as share some timeless photos.
At first glance, it looks just like a gift. The idea is that we give it to her as if it is her birthday present. Then when she opens it, she’ll be treated to an expansive compilation of pictures with her near and dear ones. I also included a message, making this so much more than just a birthday card.
I saw this box on a tutorial so here’s the link
. I really liked this style of exploding box because it isn’t too busy. Plus it’s really easy to create. The video explains clearly how to put it together so I’ve added some photos of how I decorated each square. There were 9 squares and I wanted each pair to look different and unique without any recurring theme.
I made green and pink flowers using the my Sizzlits die and Big Shot machine. I also used one of ItsyBitsy’s embossing folders for 2 of the squares. I combined pattern papers with card stock for the remaining squares and moved on to the outside of the box.
The outside of the box was plain white and could use some decoration, so I stamped each square with a stamp set from ItsyBitsy. For a contrast I made the lid of the box solid red. Put everything together and my exploding box was done!
Each square contained a picture and a message. I finished the look with a huge yellow bow on the top.
Here’s the final outcome. Have to say I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.
And here’s a video of how the box opens and ‘explodes’.
Happy Crafting peeps!