Exploding box from Wedding bits

As soon as I saw the pretty laser cut bits in the Wedding aisle I knew they would make an adorable exploding box.  The box itself is made in the normal way, and based on he measurements of the items. It uses:

  • 4 cards (20 in the pack)
  • 5 votive wrap (20 in the pack)
  • 1 box top (5 in the pack)

The side panels are 6 inches x 3 1/2 inches, with a 1 inch score on the long side.  The box bottom is 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.  The 1 inch score tabs are attached to the underside of the box bottom and another identical piece added over the tabs.  The weights the box nicely.  Then the sides are covered with one of the cards as they come, flat.  The inside of the sides get a votive wrap added and trimmed.  The lid gets one of the box lids, trimmed, added to it and a heart gem in each corner.


That’s all pretty basic stuff.

Now, to make the centre bit.  The inner dimensions of the votive holder fit a 2 inch punch pretty perfectly.  Punch a stack of circles from cardstock.

Stick 4 or so together, then punch a hole in the middle.  Stick dimensional foam pads on the back.

Twist the flower stems together and thread the end thru the hole.  Open out the stems and stick them to the back of the circle with glue dots or hot glue or something similar – if you want to use ATG you can stick the stems first and then add the foam.  Stick one final circle over that.  It should be thick – 1/4 inch or more.  Add a wrap of sticky tape around the bottom of the votive holder but don’t pull off the backing just yet.

Fold the holder – it’s just a tab and slot closure so you can add a bit of adhesive to make sure it stays closed.  Tuck the circle into the votive holder and push it down a bit.  Pull off the tape backing and use something like the back of your pokey tool to push it down flush to your desk.

Press the votive edges, where the tape is, to the circle stack.  You can now stick the bottom to the inside of the box.

My idea was to add text bits on the 4 sides – I was thinking something like Congratulations/on your/Wedding day/to the new Mr and Mrs Whoever (one bit on each of the 4 sides. )  I added a little beaded birdie, from Paperchase last Christmas, I think, to the flowers with the attached clip – I though it would be nice to add a little paper banner that says something like “Your first Christmas ornament” so it’s a card and a gift in one.  It also works as a valentine, I suppose.

You could, of course, fill the votive holder with flowers, add the little spring-y things on to acetate, whatever.  There are also fluted holders – cupcake wraps – that would work too, creating a different sort of holder.  The very bottom of them also fit the 2 inch punch, but because the side slant OUT, the attachment may take a little more effort – maybe sticking strips of tape along the bottom edge, like an L, then covering the tape with another strip of cardstock?  I may play with it and report back.

So there it is – any WOYWW folk, I’ll try to link back to this next week, as many said they wanted to see what I did with the bits from yesterdays post.

I am dithering about our upcoming holiday.  It will be hard to blog from the road so I may simply schedule old favourites to reappear for a few days.  I had great plans for a project that would cover the days but I am just not sure I will be able to get it done in the time I have – getting DS sorted for his trip back to Uni is going to take time.  I’ll see where I am next week.

Cheers all!