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!



Birdcage exploding box

I completed the teaser from yesterday’s WOYWW and am quite happy with it.  A while back I made a stray comment on Voodoo Vixen’s blog about turning the TH birdcage into a 3D one, I think it was around a jar she was using for something else.  And it’s been on my mind ever since.  I’m a great one for tossing out random ideas and then letting someone else run with them, sometimes because I don’t have the time to give it a go, sometimes because I think, in theory, it should work, but am not sure of the actual specifics.  It seems a bit mean to plant the seed then ignore it, and worse, possibly make someone else obsess over it!

So I got the Marianne Creatable birdcage die (not the one with the door that opens – that one might actually have been better, given what I did) and thought about how to make it dimensional.  I had a bit of acetate on my desk, from the SDC card last week, and that gave me my solution.  I used thin strips of acetate along the top, middle, and bottom of a trio of dies.  I left a little bit hanging off one side, which I them joined up to the other side.  Rolling the strip of cages around a bottle of glue to curve it, it became this:

I had to snip off some tiny bits at the bottom so the cages joined more completely, and in the end I snipped off the feet.  I put a circle of foamcore at the bottom of the cage to give it more stability, and as a platform to build the little floral display, then added a few butterflies.  When completed, it looked  like this:

And open:

and a close up:

I quite like it – but then I would! It still needs the sentiment, but I didn’t want to share that as it’s destined for someone who might see this. You can’t see it in the photo but the butterfly on the outside of the cage is on another strip of acetate so it pops free when the box falls open.

I see no reason why other birdcage dies couldn’t be made to work (see? that’s another one of those “I’ll put it our there and let someone else run with it” comments, isn’t it? But I only have this one die so I can’t test it out myself!)

On a side note, I am still a bit stunned by the reaction to the faux baker’s twine post.  It was one of those things where I had the idea and from the idea to the post was literally 10 minutes.  I thought it was a sort of throw-away post, something that I thought was interesting but not earthshaking.  I’ve had more blog visits from links on a ton of other places than just about anything I’ve done, and it astonishes me.  So if that is what brought you here, thanks for your visit.


Hexagonal Exploding box – stamped, tongue-in-cheek

I always struggle between naming my posts something silly and catchy or naming it what it is, to make finding it easier. The Librarian in me thinks “card catalog” (or “search database”, as it is the 2000s) but my cheeky side wants to try to pun, or make some other sort of verbal joke with the title. I’ve not reconciled that quite yet.

It’s funny, in any case, how something like this comes together. Working on the UKS Library post on Exploding Boxes for the Home Page today, I realized that I have never made one. I see all the lovely examples and have 100 ideas for making one, but then it all seems to come to nothing in the end. But I was looking at examples and re-reading Voodoo Vixen’s instructions for the octagonal one she did for the UKS Summer Mini-Book event and said, once again, “I really must make one of those!” Then, while I was clearing up some debris from other projects on my desk I was forced into my stamp drawer. Looking at some of the oddball images I have had for years, which rarely work on a scrapbook page, I found many that seemed to be people in tears, or looking upset in some way. I started pulling together images that felt like they “went” together and in the end I had quite a few. Having recently experienced a few cases where people have been less than complimentary about the whole idea of scrapbooking, the seed of an idea began to flower.

I went back to VVs instructions and re-jigged them based on a hexagon. I got the basic shape from the net, just dragging the .jpg into a drawing program and re-sizing it as need be to get it where I wanted it to be. One problem I have had with EBs is they tend to be a bit on the small side, and my stamps were not tiny decorative ones. I based the largest hexagon on one that would give me the size sides I needed (nearly 2.5 inches) and still cut from a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. The inner hexagon (and I went with just the two as I wanted to be able to see the images as clearly as possible when the box opened – three layers obscured more when it “exploded” than it revealed!) images of gossips, busybodies, and rubbernecking crowds, while the inner layer has what might be called despairing family members. The very angry red queen is my nod to the fact we live in the UK LOL!

There are a few bits of text (“Have you heard? She Scraps! NO!” “She does WHAT!?” “She’s got bats in her belfry!” and “What could be more embarrassing?” [yes, I added another R after the photo was taken too!]) and a scattering of popped bats (one has been added to the lady with the net, but you won’t see it on these photos) with some old Scenic Route papers and some coordinating bright scraps from a variety of lines. Cutting the SR surf board paper made it work, which I was pleased with as it would have sat in my stash for years otherwise. Stamped all the images with coloured Staz-on, and edged most edges with Distress Ink and that is about it. It went together faster than I thought it might, but I put that down to excellent instructions

It’s all for me, just my own private joke – it was fun and I am happy because now I can say I made an exploding box, even if it is a very non-traditional version.



If I get around to it I’ll do another photo with the changes incorporated but for now you can at least see what it looks like – sitting on my desk, it just makes me smile!

Happy Monday!