How to Make an Explosion Box Love Note

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 for him this explosion box card, I knew it was the perfect thing! It has an element of curiosity (what is this…?), surprise (look at all the pages!) and it is 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!

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My eye caught sight of an “exploding box”. When the lid is removed, this box spills out with over 24 sides to cover in creative ways.

The Exploding Box is a fun and creative way to express your love in a very personalized way!



For detailed step by step instructions, including pictures, see the original post located HERE. The instructions are very detailed and easy to follow. Although appearing semi-complicated, it was actually really simple and fun to make!


I converted my box into a card by writing a main message in the central square with a lead-in such as: “Hopefully you know every day of the year, but today is just another day to share why I love you”

 Then, on each of the 10+  flaps I filled in some of the many reasons why I love my man. I also trimmed pictures of us and added a few quotes to add variety.

The possibilities with this box are ENDLESS and this could be used for a card any time of the year or even just an “I love you” to remind him he is loved!

For more alternatives to the traditional card, check out Erika’s Library Checkout Card or her Lucky in Love craft idea.


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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37 Responses to How to Make an Explosion Box Love Note

  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


    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:(