Sunday, February 7, 2021

Exploding Valentine Boxes

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I spent the last couple of days making Valentines for my grandsons. Not just any ol' valentine will do for my grands so I thought I'd try my hand at making exploding Valentine boxes. 

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
No they don't really explode, rather when the lid is removed the sides of the boxes fall out to reveal another box inside. Removing the next box lid will result in the same 'explosion' revealing yet another box. The third box in my exploding boxes do not 'explode' but rather holds a little gift.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
To make an exploding box, you need a set of boxes that graduate in size and will fit inside each other. I found my set of boxes at Hobby Lobby. Next, you cut the sides of the boxes apart at the corners so that the entire box lays flat. I cut the two largest boxes leaving the smallest one in tact.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Next, decorate the outside and inside of each panel of the box. I used scrapbook paper, some printed valentine jokes and emoji laughing faces, candy, and hearts cut on my Silhouette Cameo 4. I used stick glue, hot glue and adhesive foam dots to attach the different items to the boxes.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Place your gift in the smallest box and place the lid on top. The smallest box is then hot glued to the inside center of the medium size box. Holding the sides of the medium box up, place the lid on top and then the medium size box is glued to the inside center of the largest box. Lastly, hold the sides of the largest box together and place the lid on top. 

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
TA DA! Your exploding box is ready to gift. You can make exploding boxes for any occasion and in any size. Wouldn't it be a fun way to wrap presents at Christmas?!

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I found several ideas for these decorative boxes on Pinterest, just search for exploding boxes. You can get really creative if you have the time. Mine are pretty simply decorated but it still took me two whole afternoons to make them.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Can't wait to see the creative exploding boxes ya'll make. Tag me on Instagram if you make one!

Happy Crafting!

~Sharla

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