Just one more paper crafting post, and then I’ll post about something else. Maybe. Just kidding… I have another one I’m going to write up after this. And then I will post about something else, like my growing belly and how I’m only 5 weeks away from OMGPOP day.
I made this exploding box to go with my card for the baby shower last weekend. I’ve made exploding boxes by hand before, painstakingly measuring, cutting and folding. The idea of one came into my head as something to do with some of the rest of the girlie paper pack, and I immediately knew there would be a Silhouette pattern for it. Sure enough it was there! And there are multiple styles! And $0.99 each is a bargain for the time saved.
I cut everything out on Saturday morning, and purposefully set it and a bunch of matching embellishments aside to finish up at Anandi’s Crafts and Cocktails that evening. It was super hard to wait! Everything came together so beautifully. Working with kits is fun!
The shower crowd ooh’d and aah’d over it (and the card), which made me blush!
Cutting an Exploding Box Pattern on my Silhouette
Note: While the creator of the pattern has some directions on her blog, they were about how to put it together and embellish it after it was cut out. I found that I needed help figuring out how to cut it in the first place.
The entire pattern comes as one cut file. When you open it up, you need to scale the largest of the pieces to your desired size. I made mine large enough to fill a 12×12 paper, which is how the traditional, cut by hand, boxes were sized most easily. You could presumably make them smaller! After sizing the biggest piece, I “ungrouped” the pattern into its individual parts, moving the pieces I was not yet cutting off of the mat in the software.
Cutting an Exploding Box By Hand
If you don’t have a Silhouette and/or $0.99 to spare on the pattern, there are lots of instructions for cutting exploding boxes by hand. These ones in particular are great: http://glitteradventure.blogspot.com/2006/11/exploding-box-class.html.