Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Explosion Box

Today I am sharing a fun Christmas gift I made - an explosion box. I have seen explosion boxes that others have made and always thought they looked like fun. I finally made one of my own with the help of a cutter file by Shelly's Art. Now that I have it finished, the big question is who to give it to.

Here it is all closed up, tied with a sparkly green ribbon from Joann's. The patterned papers used throughout the project are all from that same seasonal paper pad I have been using by Colorbok (Cloud 9 Design Harvest Holiday 2). The glittery snowflake attached to the ribbon is from Shelly's Build a Wreath file. I layered two pieces together and then coated both sides with red Stickles.

 Here it is open and you can see all of the layers and a fun 3D tree in the center. The tree actually comes with the explosion box file, which you can find here.

Here are all of the layers side by side. Some of the panels are decorated with patterned paper, and to some I have added photos. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Shelly's Christmas Word Charms file and the snowman is from her Build a Snowman file. After attaching the snowman to the panel, I added some Sparkly Fluff to look like a snow drift.

Here is a closeup of the 3D tree in the center of the box. The green cardstock underneath the tree was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. I decorated the tree with gems using my i-rock and added yellow Stickles to the star.

Isn't this a fun project? And the recipient will get such a surprise when they remove the lid of the box! With all of the photos of my son, I am thinking this will be a good gift for the grandparents. What do you think?

*Sparkles Monthly Challenges (Challenge #38 - Christmas is Coming)
*Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog (Challenge #102 - Anything Goes) 
*Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog (Challenge #23 - Layer it Up & Let it Snow)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Cool! Love that Christmas tree in the center!!! Thanks for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER CRAFTY challenge!!

  2. Gorgeous! The layers look great and the tree in the middle looks amazing.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

  3. Fabulous creation!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our * Christmas is coming * challenge

    Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

  4. What a stunning exploding box. Thank you for joining us at Sparkles this month.
    Debbie x

  5. What size of square did u take for the main sheet?