Tutorial | Exploding Box | Sandpaper Road

Today, I present for you a Creative Team Project for Craft O’Clock: an exploding box using the “Lovely When You Smile” paper collection. If you have never made an exploding box before, you MUST give it a try. This is my first attempt, and I was so surprised at how EASY it was to create!

I scored a piece of 30,5 cm x 30,5 cm (12″ x 12″) paper at 10,16 cm (4″) and also at 20,3 cm (8″). Turn the paper and score again at the same measurements. Cut out the 4 scored corners of the paper to save for later, and fold up the 4 remaining flaps to create the box.

Score each of the 4 cut-out corner pieces at 1,27 cm (1/2″) and fold on the score line. Adhere each piece to the ends of the “wings” of the box, creating extended flaps.

Cut 6 pieces of patterned paper measuring 10,8 cm x 10,16 cm (4-1/4″ x 4″). Then, score each piece on the longer edge at 1,27 cm (1/2″) and fold on the score line. Leave a 1,27 cm (1/2″) space on the bottom-edge of the box, and adhere your first “page” to the bottom (flap side facing the center of the box). Continue adhering the pages against the flap of the previous page until all 6 pages are adhered.

Create the lid of the box with a piece of patterned paper cut to 14,61 cm x 14,61 cm (5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″). Score around the whole piece at 1,27 cm (1/2″) and fold on the score lines. Snip a diagonal cut at each of the 4 corners, and then cut out a tiny triangle on the RIGHT SIDE ONLY of all 4 corners. Apply a Mini-Glue Dot to the OUTSIDE of the attached 4 triangle corners, and fold the little triangles inside to create the lid.

Decorate with panels cut from coordinating paper. Panel-piece measurements are as follows:
Lid: 9,53 cm x 9,53 cm (3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″)
Flap: 7,62 cm x 8,89 cm (3″ x 3-1/2″)
Sides of Box: 8,89 cm x 8,89 cm (3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″)
Photos/Pages: 8,26 cm x 8,26 cm (3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″)

Watch the complete video tutorial for this project HERE:

Lovely When You Smile Paper Collection:
15,24 cm x 15,24 cm (6” x 6”);
30,5 cm x 30,5 cm (12″ x 12″);
Extras to Cut;
Junk Journal Extras to Cut;
Decorative Cards;
Flowers 24 (XXIV);
Leaves 12;
Chipboard Die Cuts;

Special Occasions Quotes IV.

Mini Glue Dots;
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive;
Scor-Tape .64 cm (1/4”);
Hot glue gun/glue sticks;
Scissors by Tonic 12,7 cm (5”) detail scissors and 22,86 cm (9”).

Thank you for looking! If you create an exploding box inspired by this post, I’d love to see it! Add #sandpaperroadcreates to your social media posts and I will make sure to leave you a comment! And as always, thank you for following the Sandpaper Road blog! You will never miss a dose of crafty inspiration!

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