Sunday, July 12, 2009

Explosion Box DIY

Boite à explosion, scrapbooking

An explosion box is used for hiding a gift or gluing in photos. It's also an original idea for a wedding or birth announcement.



  • 77 x 77 cm (30-5/16 x 30-5/16 inches) thick paper (like cardstock)
  • Double-sided tape


  • Cutting board
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


Boite à explosion, scrapbooking


  • From the paper, cut 3 pieces measuring:
    • 30 x 30 cm (11-13/16 x 11-13/16 inches)
    • 29 x 29 cm (11-7/16 x 11-7/16 inches)
    • 17 x 17 cm (6-11/16 x 6-11/16 inches)

  • On the 30 x 30 cm (11-13/16 x 11-13/16 inches) piece, at 10 cm (3-15/16 inches) from each corner, make a 10-cm (3-15/16-inch) cut.

  • Fold perpendicular to each cut to mark the place, then unfold it.

Boite à explosion, scrapbooking

  • On the 29 x 29 cm (11-7/16 x 11-7/16 inches) piece, draw a square at each corner measuring 10 x 10 cm (3-15/16 x 3-15/16 inches).

  • Cut them out. This will leave you with a cross.

  • Fold each tip of the cross in over the center square, marking the spot for the fold.

  • Glue the cross on the bottom of the box.

Boite à explosion, scrapbooking


  • Cut a 16.3-cm (6-7/16-inch) square.

  • Fold in each edge by 3 cm (1-3/16 inches) to mark the spot.

  • Make a cut of 3 cm (1-3/16 inches) at each corner (bold lines on the template).

Boite à explosion, scrapbooking

  • Fold these cut tabs toward the inside.

  • Tape them in place.

  • Refold the sides of the lid.

  • Tape them in place.

  • Refold the sides of the box that will be held closed by the lid.

Boite à explosion, scrapbooking


Boite à explosion, scrapbooking

  • If you want to glue in photos, glue them on the cross before gluing the cross to the bottom of the box.

  • To make the box more quickly, use paper with patterns on both sides so that you won't have to line the inside.

Source: "Blog de Cath" ("Cath's Blog")


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