Make Your Own Exploding Box Photo Album
Happy Monday. Yes, it’s Monday again. Lame! Today’s photos have a little bit of an ugly lighting issue. By the time I finished the project, a bunch of clouds rolled in and we’re expecting rain tonight. I may go back and re-take some of these photos, but they aren’t too bad, I’m just being picky. Anyway, back to the project. This little exploding box is easy to make and it makes a great little gift! I made one for my mother for mother’s day last year in purples and greens. It had photos of all three of her kids. Each “level” of the box had photos of us at different ages. Level one was baby, level two was “older kid” and third level was more recent pictures. She really liked it and I know you guys will too. It’s so fun and depending on what type of paper you use, you can make it for any occasion. Can you imagine this with holiday papers? Too cute! I recommend thicker cardstock for this, as it will make a sturdier box.
What You’ll Need:
- four large pieces of cardstock. Thicker the better
- scoring board or scoring tool
- scissors, cutter, basic scrapbooking supplies for interior decoration
Let’s Make it!
- Cut your cardstock to the following sizes: 12×12 inches for the outside. Note that if you’re using double sided cardstock, that whatever is on the opposite side of your “outer paper” will show on the inside! 11×11 for the second layer, 10×10 for the third layer, 8×8 inches for the lid.
- Using your scoring board/tool, score your 12×12 piece at 4 inches and 8 inches. Rotate 90 degrees and again score at 4 inches and 8 inches
- Take your 11 inch piece and score it at 3 and 3/4 inch, rotate to each side, scoring at 3 and 3/4 inches
- Take your 10 inch piece and score it at 3.5 inches. Rotate to each side and score at 3.5 inches.
- Take your 8 inch piece and score at 2 inches and 6 inches, rotate 90 degrees and score again at 2 inches and 6 inches.
- Cut the “corner squares” out of each piece except the 8 inch lid piece. You’ll be left with 3 “plus sign” looking pieces. They should stack on top of each other, each layer being a little smaller than the one beneath it. Save the cut out pieces for embellishing later
- Take your 8 inch lid piece and fold your score lines.
- On each small corner square, you want to fold it diagonally
- Once you fold the corner squares diagonally, adhere it to the inside of the box. If your lid is not fitting right on your box, next time, try scoring a TINY bit less than the two inch mark on the sides next time. Sometimes thick paper will cause the lid not to fit right.
- Now we get to embellish the inside. I would recommend not using anything too bulky, especially on the lower layers, as it won’t fold up well in your box. You can use a few bulkier items on the top layer in the middle if you wish. This is a good “focal point area” for something like a flower. Be sure not to put anything on the center square of the lower two layers, as they will be covered up.
- Once embellished, put adhesive on the center square of the bottom/bigger layer. Center the middle layer over the lower layer and press down to adhere. Do the same for the top layer, adhering it to the middle layer. If you wanted, you could put photos on the back of some of the layers too, but I didn’t.
- Embellish the lid as desired and close up your box. Give it to someone special or keep it for yourself!
If you try it, I’d love to see your results! Feel free to post your photos in the comments or on my Facebook Page! If you want to save this project for later, Pin it to your Pinterest boards! Until next time, happy crafting!
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