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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Final Christmas Explosion Box & TIPS for making them!

Today is the 10th box, my daughter's. I also went with a pastel theme but, candy & cookies instead of animals on this one.
I did use one Cricut cut and it was the candy tag from Very Merry Tags, cut and 1" and then trimmed off the hook at the top. I cut it using light and dark pink glitter paper from DCWV. Then I wrapped it with a piece of celophane to give it the appearance of real candy! The little pieces were cut using a mini punch from a Halloween set.

The other mat I loved was the Gingerbread mat. The 'mom' & 'dad' gingerbread are brads that came in a set from the Flower Factory and the two middle gingerbread buttons were from a pack I picked up at Michael's. I sewed one on with pink and one with blue to signify our family ;).

Before I go, here are some tips I have for you on making the boxes. The first is to keep in mind the scale of the boxes. I mentioned in one of the earlier posts that I bought several mini stamp sets to use on these. I also used some items that I had left over from making some mini trees a couple of years ago. The Christmas tree light garland on my son's box and the candy garland (below) were for mini trees. I also used some of the mini candy cane's on my niece's box. My last tip is concerning the lid to the boxes. In the instructions I have, it says to cut the box lid and 8"x8" and then score each side in 2". I did the first one like that but, the box lid is very tight and over time, it will probably show a lot of wear on the box. So, the rest of the lids I cut at 8 1/16" x 8 1/16" and then I scored them in 2" on each side. This makes the base of the lid just a little wider to have the lid go on and off smoothly. It did take me about 4 hours to create each box but, I tried very hard to make each one different and not repeat the same theme and embellishments. Good Luck in making some of your own!!!


  1. Really cute. They are so versatile you could "theme" them and set them out at every holidy. Even just one to match your decor with everyday pictures. So fun!

  2. I Love this idea..Would Love to make one for my Mom for her birthday can you do a tutorial on making them?

  3. OMG!! she's adorable and love the explosion box! Really have to try one:)

  4. I have 2 birthdays coming up in February. I think I should try one of these explosion boxes. Even though one is for a 13
    year old girl and one is a 19 year old boy, I think both would love it. My niece has lots of funs pictures on her facebook page of her and her friends. My nephew has a girlfriend who I know makes cards so she could help with the addition of pictures of the 2 of them.

    Thanks for the inspiration. You have a darling little sweety.

  5. These are adorable! My sister was checking out my new blog and found her way to you. She emailed me to check them out ASAP! Thanks for all the great tips, especially about the lids!