Papercrafting Easter: An ‘Explosion’ Box Card!
We’re sharing ideas for celebrating Easter – join in, won’t you?
What kinds of Easter projects will we be sharing?
Papercrafting ideas galore including, but not limited to:
- Home Decor Projects (check out the “Blinged-Out” Easter Egg we just shared and stay tuned for the upcoming Easter table reveal!)
- Paper Cutting & Folding (this post!)
- Stamping (with a twist: It’s An Embroidered Hanging!)
- Cardmaking (a great way to use up your papercrafting stash!)
- And more!
Grab your notepad (and supplies!) and join us
for some quick and easy projects – tutorials included!
Here’s our next Easter project – an Easter ‘Explosion Box” card.
I created this fun Easter ‘Explosion Box’ card with just a few supplies (from my stash!!!) and a few handy papercrafting tools:
Well what do you think?
Are you ready to give this quick and easy project a try?
You don’t have to create exactly as I’ve shown here – you could make a different sized box and/or use different papers and/or different sentiments, images and/or embellishments.
Throwing a party? This would make a really fun invitation!
Crash Your Stash!
This is a great way to use up papers from large paper pads or single embellishments, and make use of those stamps that rarely see the light of day (yeah, we all have ’em!).
Our goal is to show you what we were able to create and inspire you to create it as well or, better yet, create your own version!
And then, of course, share it with us!
Let’s look at how this project was created…
Assemble the above tools and supplies, taking into account what you want your finished box to look like.
For instance, what size will the finished box be – the same as the one I made or a different size?
Do you want the inside of the box to be the same as the outside? Or, do you prefer it be composed of a variety of papers (like the one shown above)?
Will you be using a printer to print out your sentiments and/or images, or will you be using stamps and inks?
And finally, will you decorate your box with embellishments as simply as I have done, or do you prefer something a little more gussied up?
Mark off the cutting and folding grid on your box bottom paper as I have done here. You can do it on the front of the paper, or the back.
Creating the cutting and folding grid lines on the back of the paper means you won’t see any pencil marks except where the four inner edges are, which I covered with squares of paper.
I chose to create the grid on the back after realizing the pencil marks on the front would show even after the paper was cut.
Start by marking off 4″ from each edge, then rotate your paper 90 degrees and repeat.
Then repeat this until you have marks at 4″ and 8″ along each edge of the 12″x12″ paper.
Then connect the marks with straight lines, as shown above.
You now have the grid for folding and cutting – you’ll be cutting out the four corner blocks to create your box sides, leaving you with a shape that looks like a lowercase “t” or a cross (see the image below).
Then, you’ll be scoring along the drawn lines (use a bone folder against a ruler or scoring tool for this) so the flaps fold up easily and in a straight manner.
Flip the “t” over and you’ll see your patterned paper on what will be the outside of your box (if you use a double-sided paper, both sides of the “t” will have a color/pattern; mine was single-sided and that’s why you see white on what will be the inside of the box).
Remember those four corners I cut out in Step Two?
They come in handy for covering the four plain inside flaps of the box (see below) – they’re just the right size!
We’ll now create the lid for our box.
Since the finished box size is 4″, we need the lid to be at least 4″.
I wanted the lid to come down 1″ over the sides of the box, so I cut the paper for the lid at 6″ x 6″ (4″ for the top, and 1″ x 2 for each side’s overhang).
Now we need to score the box lid so it creates a lid that’s 4″ in the middle with a 1″ overhang on all four sides.
I placed my paper on the Scor-Pal and scored at 1″ from each side, then turned the paper 90 degrees and again scored it 1″ from each side.
Since my lid paper was also single-sided, I needed to create another piece just like the one we just created in Step Four, Part III, and adhere the two back-sides of the papers together so the inside of my lid would be pretty like the top.
I repeated the same cutting and scoring process as in the previous step, then adhered some strong adhesive to the backside of one of the scored lid pieces and adhered it the other one. Easy!
The next step involves cutting the corner pieces so we can tuck in the corners of our box panel to create the lid.
Then, we simply fold in the cut corners and attach them to the inner lid sides with a strong adhesive.
You can now see that the inside of my lid is made of a polka-dot paper that coordinates with the outer-lid’s, plain green paper.
Now we fold up the sides of the box (they are not to be taped together though!) and try our lid on for size.
Looks like a perfect fit, right?!
Now we’re on to decorating the inside of our box – the surprise the recipient will see when they lift the lid and sides of the box fall!
I chose to print out a few lines from a well-known children’s rhyme (Here Comes Peter Cottontail) and to do some stamping for the inside of my box.
Because I wanted the lines of the rhyme to be placed on different panels, I printed them out spaced apart, to allow for a border and easy cutting.
Note: I added a piece of that green polka-dot paper to the white center of the box, the inner bottom. The white was too bland!
As you can see, I cut out each line from the nursery rhyme, inked its edges and then backed it with a piece of the plain green paper used for the outside of the box lid.
These panels were then adhered to the center, inside box panels with foam tape, for added dimension.
I then stamped “Happy Easter” on another panel, inked its edges and adhered it to the inner left-side panel of the box; stamped the jumping bunny and the hopscotch image on another that was inked and adhered to the inner center of the box; and, cut, inked and attached a larger blank panel to the inner right-side panel of the box. This was left blank to allow for a personal greeting!
And to finish off the box, I added a few pieces to the box lid: a green polka-dot piece of paper measuring 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ first; a green doily cut in half, with the halves being placed at opposite outer edges of the lid; a pink doily centered on top of the cut green halves; and, a “Happy Easter” stamped greeting layered on top.
The finished ‘Explosion Box’ Card!
Now, you may be thinking it would take a long time to make this, right?
Nope, it was actually quite fast once I figured out the dimensions and what I wanted to use in terms of papers, sentiments, images and embellishments.
I’ve provided the measurements for this sized box for you and I’m sure you’re already thinking about colors, etc. so it should be even quicker for you to make one (or more!) of these!
We hope you’ll give this type of papercrafting project a try and share ours with your pals.
And, share what you make with us by linking to it in the comments – share and tell!
See you next time!
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