Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MAGIC Box DIY tutorial

In a Hanukkah holiday spirit, today I want to show you how to make a Magic Box or as it may known better-an Exploding box.
 However you want to call it,I love this collapsing box idea and made a pictorial for you to try it on

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To make one of your own you'll need-
Two 12X12" double sided decorative cardstocks-I used Cratepaper "Bundled Up Candy Cane" #683231 stock for the box
 American Crafts Peppermint Express Ornamint 366092 stock for the lid 

Lets begin-
Divide the cardstock into 3 equal sections  -score 2 straight lines from each point
 Turn the paper 90 degrees and do the same steps above to receive a total of  9 equal squares 
 Cut off the corners from each end
 And you have a ready base of your magic box.
Now lets make the lid for your box
 To make a lid we'll need to cut our stock to measure  8.4X8.4" 
Score 1"+1" on all sides 
Cut off 3 of the top little squares  on each side
Add 4 more small cuts as shown^^ 
And you're ready to  fold the lid

 The Magic Box is ready
Now we shall decorate :)
Since we need our exploding box to collapse ,we must add weight to the walls  .
To achieve this I upcycled 4 beer coasters that I decorated and then glued to the base we just made
Use your XYRON  5" or 9" Creative Station  to apply adhesive on one of coaster's sides
Do so with all 4 coasters  
Remove the protective  film and run the coasters one more time through your Creative Station, to apply glue on reverse of all the coasters 
 Peel of one of the sides and adhere 4X4" square of decorative cardstock on each of the four coasters 
First coaster  received the reverse side of the cut offs from our base ( Bundled Up "Candy Cane)
With second coaster I used Cratepaper Bundled Up "Snowmen"   double sided cardstock
I liked the whimsical skiing snowman  and decided to add it some dimension by using Teresa Collins's foam glue squares   .
Cut a snowman twin and then stick it above the existing on the background skiing dude
Raising the little fellow almost gives it a feel of real movement 
Peel off the protective paper from the back of the coaster and glue it onto the base 
Now continue to the next coaster 

Using my XYRON 3" Sticker maker  I apply glue on my vellum journaling die cut
Add  simple rectangulars to the areas I want to write on   
Placed 3 pieces of XYRON 6mm Double Sided tape  on top of the rectangulars 

And glued the shape in place
See how it's sheer in the areas around  the text blocks,but opaque in places where you actually might want to write something
For the third coaster I used  Peppermint Express "Dear Santa" 366095 cardstock
And decorated it with stickers from American Crafts "remarks"   accent & phrase 
The reverse side of  "Dear Santa"went to the 4th coaster 
I wanted to make a little money pocket to decorate this panel  with
Used a template to cut a festive pocket  using Doodlebug Design "Home for the Holidays" cardstock
Assembled it with my XYRON Mega Runner
and used my XYRON 3" Sticker Maker to glue it in place 
Added some present stickers from the same "remarks" sticker set I already used with my 3rd decorated square  and we are DONE :)

 Uh wait....I also added a cute little Santa to my second coaster square in the end ;)
It came from "remarks" set as well
 AND a family photo in the middle
The paper frame came from Heidy Swapp
 To hide the white border of the photo, I used Heidy Swapp's paper flowers 
Glued them on with the awesome XYRON 10 mm Glue dots

 And TA DA
Let the FUN begin!!!!

After I finished the box,I decided the cut out snowmen were bothering to the eye ,so I decided to cover them with some stickers and felt much better afterwards :D
'You Are Sweet' "doodle quotes"  bubble and Sprinkles came from Doodlebug Designs 
and the red tree from bug's ICONS cardstock stickers
 Lastly, I upgraded the lid with AC "remarks"  (used above) ornament  and Doodlebugs "fancy frills" trim

AND now I'm HAPPY!
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to you all 



  1. Anonymous8/12/13 21:13

    I have recycled these coasters on several projects and have made the EXPLOSION boxes, but this is a twist that I haven't put together but rest assured I will! THANKS FOR THE IDEAL! LOVE IT!
    Marilyn C, NC

  2. This is really super, Viki! Love the little popped up snowman and all your festive details.