How to Make a Photo Explosion Box


A photo explosion box is a different take on a scrapbook. Most simply, it is a multilayered box in which the sides of the box unfold to reveal pictures and other embellishments. Like pages of a scrapbook, there are not hard and fast rules for designing sides, but sticking with a single theme is often the best way to go. These little boxes make great gifts for just about any occasion and are simple enough that your children can make them as well.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 or 3 sheets of 12-by-12-inch card stock (use different colors that go well together)
  • 1 sheet of 8 ½-by-11-inch card stock
  • 1 or 2 sheets of fancier paper
  • Scoring tablet
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments
  • Score a piece of 12-by-12-inch card stock at 4 inches and 8 inches.

  • Turn the card stock 90 degrees and score again at 4 inches.

  • Cut away the four corner pieces.

  • Crease the score lines.

  • Score a second piece of 12-by-12-inch card stock to make it 11 inches by 11 inches.

  • Score this same piece of card stock at 3 5/8 inches and 7 3/8 inches.

  • Turn the card stock 90 degrees and score at 3 5/8 inches and 7 3/8 inches.

  • Cut away the four corner pieces and crease the score lines.

  • Cut the sheet of 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper into a 7-by-7-inch square.

  • Score this sheet at 1 1/12 inches on all sides.

  • Cut up to the score line.

  • Cut the ribbon to fit the lid.

  • Put double-sided tape every 3 inches, except where you will tie the ribbon. This will hold the ribbon in place.

  • Cut the fancier paper ¼ inch smaller than the inner squares.

  • Using double-sided tape, add this paper to the layers of your box.

  • Add your embellishments.

  • Fold the box up and add the top.

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