How to Make an Explosion Box Card

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial

For expressing my love to my husband this year, I bypassed the oodles of traditional grocery store cards and decided to make my own! I am always looking for something a little more special because, well, HE is more special. He is deserving of something that lets him know that I love him so much that I can make a little more effort for him than just any old card. When I made this explosion box card for him, I knew it was the perfect thing! It has an element of curiosity (what is this…?), a unique surprise (look at all the pages!) and it was so personal/meaningful – everything I would want to give my love to show him that I care! Lucky for you – we have made creating your own DIY exploding box super easy with step-by-step instructions, ideas, and even templates!

A super easy DIY explosion box tutorial with detailed instructions, ideas and even a printable template! An easy tutorial to learn how to make your own exploding box card and fill the 24+ flaps with pictures and personalized messages for your love! #explodingbox #explosionbox #Giftforboyfriend #giftforspouse #giftidea

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I am all for making something meaningful but also quick and easy (they don’t have to know that you whipped it up super fast, right?).  This explosion box card is the perfect balance of looking like you took hours but in reality, it doesn’t. That is a win in my book! Because of the easy-to-use templates designed by Carisa from Messes to Memories, you don’t have to find fancy paper or even measure! Just print, cut, glue and personalize! We have made it super easy for you!

Exploding Box Gift Idea

This exploding box card is just what it sounds like. The gift itself is a little box and when the lid is removed, the box sides “explode” out with over twenty sides to cover in creative ways. Well, maybe “explode” sounds a little more dramatic (if you were picturing fireworks and smoke) but it does dramatically spill out for a fun surprise.

Exploding Box Card

What You Will Need For Your DIY Explosion Box:

How to Make An Explosion Box Tutorial

Step 1: Print Your Explosion Box Templates

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial Templates
Download and print the free PDF printables from the link at the bottom of this page. Your explosion box templates will include three slightly different sized layers, a lid, and an outside layer. All of these pages are pre-measured and labeled so all you need to do is print and cut them out.

Step 2: Fold Your Explosion Box

Carefully fold each of the square edges. We made it super easy for you to see where to fold by changing up the color for each square. You can use a ruler and or bone folder to make your lines crisp and straight. Keeping everything as straight as possible will be very important in this project.

Step 3: Glue The Layers To Your Explosion Box

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial Instructions
Now, you need to put all of your layer pieces together. Start with layer 3 on the very bottom and position layer 2 so that it is nestled on top of layer 3. Use adhesive to glue the backside of the center white square of layer 2 to the front side of the center white square of layer 3 (I promise that is easier than it sounds!).
DIY Explosion Box Tutorial Step By Step
Do the same steps to attach layer 1 to layer 2. Make sure that they are centered nicely and fold the sides in again.

Step 4: Glue the Outside Layer of Your Explosion Box

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial And Ideas
In order to have your box be colorful on the outside as well as the inside, we have one more layer for you. Apply adhesive to the entire backside of the outside layer and carefully press the outside layer onto the backside of the most bottom layer of your box (layer 3).
How to Make An Explosion Box
This will give layer 3 a two-sided look and give your box a fun pattern even when it is closed. If you are using your own paper and it has color on both sides you can skip this step.

Step 5: Make Your Explosion Box Lid

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial Lid

Finally, you will want to make the lid to be able to close your box. Go ahead and fold along all of the lines distinguished by a new color/pattern. Then, apply adhesive to each of the pink squares.

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial

Now for the trickiest part of all – take a pink corner square and pinch it so that the patterned sides come together and the adhesive presses the two pink sides together. This will convert the pink square into a small triangle on the inside of the box. Secure with a paper clip until the adhesive dries and repeat with the three remaining pink corner squares. 

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial

Now, fold the sides of your exploding box toward the center and place your lid on top to hold it all in. When that lid is removed it should all explode out! It might seem like a lot of assembly instructions, but the pictures really help, so let me suggest that you just go ahead and save this idea on Pinterest so you can come back and look at exactly what we did.

Step 6: Personalize Your Explosion Box 

DIY Explosion Box Ideas

Now it is time to personalize your explosion box card! This is what I love most about this card. This isn’t some card from the store that has one distinct place to write a message. This unique love note has twenty different flaps that you can customize with special pictures, mementos, personal messages from you – whatever you want.

How to Make Explosion Box

To really give your project that extra special touch, we have created several coordinating embellishments for you that you can add to the flaps of your love note. The sweet phrases and images are easy to add and will give your love note a finished, cohesive look.

Explosion Box Gift Ideas:

DIY Exploding Box

I just love the uniqueness of this card, but also all of the options. The possibilities for what you could do with this box are endless. You could make an explosion box card for just about any special occasion: birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day—you name it! You could even do this “just because” as a way to say, I love you. 

DIY Explosion Box Tutorial

The possibilities are endless for what you can add to the sides of your explosion box. The first explosion box card that I ever made I wrote something I loved about my spouse on about half of the flaps and the other flaps I placed pictures of us together. This time, I tried to write things I love about him as well as favorite memories that we have shared together (to coordinate with the pictures!). 

Exploding Love Box

We have tried to make everything extra easier for you by creating pre-designed templates, however, it is also an option for you to get really creative and use your own paper. Our printable PDF can be used as a template for you to trace the shapes onto another paper of your choice. Then you can have any colors or patterns you can dream of! For example, for my next box that I do, I want to get a map of somewhere we travel to and use that as the paper. Then, I will fill the flaps with favorite memories and pictures from the trip. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Explosion Box Love Note

The Exploding Box is a fun and creative way to express your love in a very personalized way! When you make yours, make sure to snap a pic and tag us @datingdivas or #datingdivas or add it to a pin on Pinterest so we can see how you personalized yours! 

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About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

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41 Responses to How to Make an Explosion Box Card

  1. Super cute, Sarina! Just in time for Jamie’s birthday! Gosh, I can use a LOT of stuff we are posting this week for his birthday! lol {It’s this Saturday!} Fab pics, too! xoxo

  2. I love this! This is so cute and seems like a craft I could easily do, especially with all your detailed instructions. I am excited to try this for my hubbies birthday!!! xox <3

  3. I am Sarina’s husband and I just wanted to say how special this exploding love box made me feel. It was the perfect gift that remains true to its title of “Exploding Love Box.” Every time I think about, or see, this gift I can’t help but explode with love for my extraordinary wife. I love you so much Sarina and thanks once again for putting so much love and effort into our relationship.

  4. I LOVE this site………!!!!!! What a great idea….. I am going to use this for my husbands birthday that is coming up! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you guys Keep up the GREAT work!

  5. I know this sounds bad, but I really need advice. I love these ideas, but my hubby states that he is needing me to express my love for him verbally. We are doing the long distance thing right now do some recent changes. Apparently I am good at expressing my love in letters, but he doesnt say how. But he states he needs to hear it more. What else can i say besides i love you and miss you. I tell him jow his voice brightens my days, but appaently he wants more…?? What are some of the things you write on these gifts?

    1. That is a great question! Everyone gives and receives love differently. According to one of my favorite books on marital communication, “The 5 Love Languages” it sounds like your husband prefers words of affirmation. The most important thing is that you are willing to speak his “language”
      One idea that may work in your relationship is a tradition that I call “I love you today because” Every night right before the last goodnight each person shares 1 reason why they love the other that day. Each person goes to bed feeling good & throughout the day you are thinking ahead about what you can share. When it is a night expectation/tradition – it is easy to incorporate in conversation.
      Specifically for this box – I tried to write the things that I appreciate most about my husband. Some of these included: taking care of me when I am sick, expressing his love for me, helping around the house, lifting my mood & working so hard to provide for our family. I also included quotes about love & marriage as well as lyrics from songs that are special to us.
      I hope that this helps! I strongly suggest checking out our review of the book:

  6. This is so sweet! I am thinking I will do one for my husband for Christmas. Last year I did the 52 reasons why I love you and made it with the deck of cards. He loved it. I’m also thinking this might be a good gift for my mom, obviously expressing my gratitude for being an excellent mom and example of what a wife is. 🙂 Love this!

  7. Hi, I’m interested in making these and was wondering if anyone could tell me where I could find the centre decorations e.g. on some there are little cakes in the centre of the box or flowers, I was just wondering if anyone knows where I can buy them as I wouldn’t be any good at making them myself.

    Kind regards

    Laura

    1. Laura – I would love to help you find what you are looking for, but I need some more clarification on what it is you are referring to with “Centre decorations”. Are you referring to the pictures above or just in general?

  8. Did this for my sweetheart on our anniversary and he ADORED the creativity and thought that was put into it!

    Such a great twist to your typical card.

  9. I’ve been looking for more ways to send creative letters. My husband is in basic training for the Army and I can’t send him anything in packages. This way he can get a box and feel all the love I put into it at the same time!

  10. I love this project! I made the box and it turned out incredible! my only question is where how did you print out the photos so small? most places Ive been have the option as 4×6 as the smallest:(