Today I bring you an all paper craft. It's called an exploding box...don't worry, there are no real explosions involved with this craft. I made this a while ago for my baby nephew...hopefully my sister will save it so he can tell what he thinks about it when he gets older. What is an exploding box anyway? A box, but when the lid is removed the sides fall down (that's the exploding part) to reveal the multiple sides where you can put photos, sayings, and other embellishments. You usually give this as a birthday gift and put something in the center, money, gift card, candy or something else. I used it a way to record a special moment; my nephew's first hair cut..I know seems silly, but that's what inspired me at the moment.
How it's made
I cut out a box from cardstock paper and cut all four side sides. There are a lot of tutorial on how to make this on the internet. I used two layers, or two boxes. The boxes are glued together at the base. Make the inside box a little smaller, so as to give the sides room to and fold over. I used different color cardstock paper that match. I also used scrapbooking patterned paper. So when you do two layers or two boxes, you end with 9 panels and each panel has two sides. Then you can decorate each panel on each side or just one side as well as the bottom. So yes there is a lot of cutting and gluing. I glued the different pattern paper to the panels, then I glue my nephew pictures. I printed words like "cutie patootie" , "simply adorable" on card stock and then cut them with a paper punch.