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
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
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
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
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