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How to make an Explosion Box

Explosion Boxes are a combination of scrapbooks and cards which can be custom made to suit different occasions and celebrations. This is a tutorial which shows how to make an explosion box with two layers.Glimpse of the Explosion Box:

Explosion box diy

Steps to make an Explosion Box:

Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of card stock. The card stock used here is 12 X 12 inches.

EBC1Step 2:

Make horizontal and vertical tri-fold/letter folds to get creases as shown.

EBC2Step 3:

Cut out the squares at the corners.

EBC3this way…


Here is the card after the four corner squares have been cut off.

EBC5Step 4:

Repeat steps 1 to 3 and make one more such piece for the second layer. The size of this card stock can be 1/4 inch less than the first card. (I have used a 11 ¾ size card)

EBC6Step 5:

Trim off the edges for a better finish.

EBC7Step 6:

Apply adhesive on the center square of the first card.


…and glue on the next piece on top.

EBC9Step 7:

Make the lid for the box – with creases as shown. The center square has to be suitable for the box. Make it such that it fits even after the layers of the box are embellished. I have used a  6 ¼ X 6 ¼ inches card and made creases at 1 ½  inch from the edges.

EBC10Step 8:

Make cuts along the creases.

EBC11Step 9:

Apply glue on the flap.


Step 10:

Fold the flap inwards.

EBC13Step 11:

Press to secure.

EBC14Step 12:

Repeat steps 9 to 11 for the other corners to complete the lid. You can see here for detailed instructions on making the lid.


Just checking if the lid fits well…

EBC16Step 13:

We start embellishing the box… The idea was to gift this box during my friend’s engagement party – so the colors and the embellishments have been chosen accordingly.


The completed explosion box with a three tier cake.

Explosion box Final

Closer look:

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7 – Initials of the to-be bride and groom in glitter…


8 – Envelope to hold our wishes


9 – My favorite part.. the card stock cake. (I will post a tutorial on making the cake soon – it is pretty simple though.)


10 – Quilled paper rings painted over with gold acrylic color. One of the rings has a rhinestone at the center.


11 – The lid has been embellished with organza ribbon and a die cut flower.


It is quite some work, but the result makes the effort worth it!

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