An Exploding Box

The idea of an exploding box came from here: and I do not regret doing this at all! It’s the cutest thing in the world!



  • A sheet of cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Double sided tape and/or Mod Podge. I actually didn’t need the Mod Podge, but it depends if your double sided tape is strong or not
  • Scissors and/or an Exacto knife. Again, I didn’t need my Exacto knife, I did well with only the scissors
  • A paint brush if you’re going to use the Mod Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Paper clips
  • A ruler
  • A pencil

Step One:


Cut you cardstock in squares with the following measurements:

  • For the box:
    •  9 x 9 inches
    • 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches
    • 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
  • For the lid:
    • 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Step Two:


Use your pencil to make lines on the squares for the box:

  • 3 inches from each side for the 9 x 9 inches sheet
  • 2 7/8 inches from each side for the 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches sheet
  • 2 3/4 inches from each side for the 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches sheet

Then cut the corners of each sheet

Step Three:

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Put double sided tape on the borders of the middle square of each sheet and stick them together. Your box is done!

Step Four:

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Now let’s work on the lid. Take the 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches square and make lines at 1 1/2 inches from each side. Then turn the square around and make diagonal lines going from the outer corner to the corner of the center square

Step Five:

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Fold the corners on the inside using the diagonal lines on the outside as guiders. This is where the tutorial I followed said to use Mod Podge to glue the corners because the double sided tape wasn’t strong enough, but I tried with my double sided tape and it was strong enough. So using Mod Podge or double sided tape, glue the corners and use paper clips to hold them while they dry or to make sure they stick together well.

Final Product:


Here’s the box finished. You could leave it there, or you could decorate it! Which I did, of course!



You will need to cut your scrapbook paper like so:

  • For the top of the box: 7.5 x 7.5 cm (1x)
  • For the centre inside the box: 6.5 x 6.5 cm (1x)
  • For the smaller squares: 6.5 x 6.5 cm (8x)
  • For the middle squares:  6.7 x 6.7 cm (8x)
  • For the bigger squares: 7 x 7 cm (8x)

Here you can use Mod Podge, but I thought it would be easier to use double sided tape, so that’s what I used 😛

Final Final Product:


Add a ribbon that goes around the lid and a bow and Voilà! Your box is completely done and beautiful 🙂


If you do this DIY, send me pictures of your finished box via facebook or my e-mail (you can find that at the end of the page)!

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤

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