How To Make An Explosion Box & Free Template

I have been dying to make an explosion box for ages, ever since I saw the We R Memory Keepers Explosion Board. I have one on order and can’t wait to try it! However was inpatient so decided to create my own SVG template which will be perfect for Cricut. Read on to find out How To Make An Explosion Box & grab my free template, with step by step instructions to make your own.

Explosion boxes are curious little things, and have the ability to fill you with such joy. Especially if you create a themed box as a gift. They make perfect interactive cards and gifts, the opportunities and endless.

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How To Make An Explosion Box

Project Ideas For Using My DIY Explosion Box SVG Cut Files.

  • Birthday celebration explosion box
  • New baby announcement
  • Gender reveal
  • Mariage proposals
  • Character themed boxes
  • Wedding invitations
  • Party favours
  • 3d mini scrapbook
  • Christmas gifts
  • Holiday announcement or reveals
How to make an explosion box and free template

You Will Need

  • 6 sheets of double sided card stock to make:
  • 1 lid template (5.5 inches)
  • 1 outer shape template (10 inches)
  • 2 shaped pocket layers (9 inches)
  • 2 straight pocket layers (8 inches)
  • 1 bow template
  • Ruler
  • Strong glue
  • 8 eyelets and silent setter
  • Ribbon or string
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cutting Mat
  • Brayer
What you will need to make an explosion box

If You Want To Use My Explosion Box SVG?

Simply click on the image below to get my explosion box cut file download and I will pop them across to you in PNG and SVG form. 

Click here to download the Explosion Box Template

Additionally if you’re a subscriber, the download is ready for you in the free members area. The link to the page is in your members email. 

However, make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off and if the email doesn’t land check your spam folder. Here’s how you upload the files to Cricut Design Space.

If You’re Having Problems?

Check out my trouble shooting page, hopefully it will answer any questions you may have.

How to make an explosion box

Cutting Your Explosion Box

Once your SVG files are uploaded to design space use the guide below for sizes and score lines.

To add the score lines you will need a scoring wheel or tool, following the guide for guidance. To add a score line choose score in shapes and resize and position to match the guide. Once in position, one template at a time right click and select all, now click attach. This will attach the line in place. If attach doesn’t work group first then attach.

When sending to cut you will need 2 each of the pocket layers. I used a different pattern for each layer but the choice is yours.

Alternatively you can cut out by hand a using a ruler a pen lid to score.

You will need to prepare and scoring guide for an explosion box

How To Make Your Explosion Box

Start by folding all the score lines with a ruler, the outer layer does not need glueing, once all the folds are in place put to one side. Check my in post video for guidance.

Fold the outer layer of your box, this does not need glueing

Next fold all the lines for the lid, folding the corner out then inwards and securing with strong glue or tape.

fold the corner of your lid outwards, then add tape and fold in to secure

Now using your ruler, fold the angled flaps inwards to cross over on the angled pocket layers. You need to tape right across the bottom of all 3 sections before folding, this will secure the pocket. Repeat this stage until both layers have 2 folded pockets each.

how to fold pockets on an explosion box

The final two layers are designed to be fold over full pockets, these can be glues as above. However as an alternative I chose to cut each flap in half and add brads, you can see how I did this in the video, or the end result in the photo below. This will enable you use string or ribbon to tie the pocket for added detail.

fold all score lines to shape you explosion box
add eyelets to pockets to enable you to add ties to them

Repeat this with the last 2 pocket layers and pop on the lid to hold the box together.

Now starting with the out layer, glue the inside base and attach layer 2, this will be an angled pocket layer. Add the next layer on top rotating the pockets. This will give you a pocket on each corner.

How to build an explosion box
Free explosion box template

Lastly build the bow, fold both bow pieces and glue into shape, then position one on top on the other. Wrap the small middle section around the centre and glue before glueing the ribbon pieces onto the back and attaching to the lid of your box.

explosion box tutorial

Now fill your explosion box with gifts, tickets, messages and photos, its you choice be creative.

Also please do pop over to Instagram, and give me a follow and if you make a project tag me! I love seeing everyone else’s makes and chatting crafting. I could do that all day!

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Free Explosion box tutorial

How To Make A Explosion Gift Box

Yield: 1 exploding box
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: moderate
Estimated Cost: £2.50

How To Make An Explosion Box & Free Template to make an Exploding gift box with 5 layers and pockets for photos, tickets and gifts.

Materials

  • 6 sheets of double sided card stock to make:
  • 1 lid template (5.5 inches)
  • 1 outer shape template (10 inches)
  • 2 shaped pocket layers (9 inches)
  • 2 straight pocket layers (8 inches)
  • 1 bow template
  • 8 eyelets
  • Ribbon or string

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Strong glue
  • Silent setter
  • Ribbon or string
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cutting Mat
  • Brayer

Instructions

    1. Cutting Your Explosion Box
      Once your SVG files are uploaded to design space use the guide below for sizes and score lines.

      To add the score lines you will need a scoring wheel or tool, following the guide for guidance. To add a score line choose score in shapes and resize and position to match the guide. Once in position, one template at a time right click and select all, now click attach. This will attach the line in place. If attach doesn’t work group first then attach.

      When sending to cut you will need 2 each of the pocket layers. I used a different pattern for each layer but the choice is yours.

      Alternatively you can cut out by hand a using a ruler a pen lid to score. You will need to prepare and scoring guide for an explosion box
    2. How To Make Your Explosion Box
      Start by folding all the score lines with a ruler, the outer layer does not need glueing, once all the folds are in place put to one side. Fold the outer layer of your box, this does not need glueing Next fold all the lines for the lid, folding the corner out then inwards and securing with strong glue or tape. fold the corner of your lid outwards, then add tape and fold in to secure Now using your ruler, fold the angled flaps inwards to cross over on the angled pocket layers. You need to tape right across the bottom of all 3 sections before folding, this will secure the pocket. Repeat this stage until both layers have 2 folded pockets each.
      how to fold pockets on an explosion box The final two layers are designed as fold over full pockets, these can be glues as above. However as an alternative I chose to cut each flap in half and add brads, you can see how I did this in the video, or the end result in the photo below. This will enable you use string or ribbon to tie the pocket for added detail. add eyelets to pockets to enable you to add ties to them Repeat this with the last 2 pocket layers and pop on the lid to hold the box together.

      Now starting with the out layer, glue the inside base and attach layer 2, this will be an angled pocket layer. Add the next layer on top rotating the pockets. This will give you a pocket on each corner.
    3. How to build an explosion box Lastly build the bow, fold both bow pieces and glue into shape, then position one on top on the other. Wrap the small middle section around the centre and glue before glueing the ribbon pieces onto the back and attaching to the lid of your box.
    4. Now fill your explosion box with gifts, tickets, messages and photos, its you choice be creative.

Notes

Project Ideas For Using My DIY Explosion Box SVG Cut Files.


Birthday celebration explosion box
New baby announcement
Gender reveal
Mariage proposals
Character themed boxes
Wedding invitations
Party favours
3d mini scrapbook
Christmas gifts
Holiday announcement or reveals

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2 thoughts on “How To Make An Explosion Box & Free Template”

  1. This looks like so much fun to make and give. Thank you!
    You refer to a video but I am unable to find it. Where am I missing it?

    Reply

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