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I have been getting a lot of PM’S asking for help/instructions on these fun little boxes. So instead of continually re typing them.. I thought I would do a blog with photos on how I do it. There are other ways that I have seen to put these boxes together - but this is easiest for ME. You can do these boxes in several different sizes, with 1+ layers (I’ve never made one with more than 4 layers)
BOX A Instructions - 4 Layer Large Box With Lid
comes out about a 4 inch cube when finished. You need 5 sheets of heavy paper to start
Step 1: Cut to Appropriate Size
1 - 12x12 (layer 1 outside layer)
1- 11 ¾ x11 ¾ (layer 2)
1- 11 ½ x 11 ½ ( layer 3)
1- 11 ¼ x 11 ¼ (layer 4)
1- 8x8 (this is for the lid)
Step 2: Score all 4 of the Layers Using a Bone Folder
You can use a none folder or other tool. I use an embossing stylus.
Score in 4” on all 4 sides of the layers.
Score in 1 7/8 “ on the 8x8 (the lid)
Step 3: Cut out the 4 Corners on All of the Layers Except the 8x8 (Lid)
Each layer should now look like a plus sign.
For the lid cut as shown and adhere with double sided tape, glue or fasten with brads, ribbons, etc… in place.
Step 4: Decorate
Decorate with coordinating patterned papers, embellish… add journaling spots, tags, photo corners, etc. round the corners, ink.... anything you like. I decorate both sides of the layers most of the time as you will see in my finished box at the bottom.
Then when finished... insert your photos and journaling or give as a gift!
Step 5: Put the Box Together
I find it easiest to start at the bottom and work my way up… Lay the 12x12 layer (layer 1)down first… then take the 113/4 x 11 ¾ layer (layer 2) and put adhesive on the bottom of the middle square, turn over and attach to layer 1 and so on with each layer.
For more examples of my exploding boxes... please go to my gallery (Albums - then exploding boxes)
Other Size/Layer Options
BOX B: 3 layer box with lid (4" Cube)
Comes out to about a 4” cube in size when finished. Same steps as above - just with different sizes. Start with 4 sheets of heavy paper.
- 1 - 12x12 (layer 1) Score in 4” on all sides
- 1- 11x11 (layer 2) score in 3 ¾ “ on all sides
- 1- 10x10 (layer 3) score in 3 ½ “ on all sides
- 1 - 8x8 (lid) score in 1 7/8 “ on all sides.
BOX C: 3 layer box with lid (3" cube)
3 layer box with lid - comes out to about a 3” cube in size when finished. Same steps as above - just different sizing. Start with 4 heavy weight sheets of paper.
- 1- 9x9 (layer 1) score in 3” on all sides
- 1- 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 (layer 2) score in 2 7/8” on all sides
- 1- 8 ¼ x 8 ¼ (layer 3) score in 2 ¾ “ on all sides
- 1 6 ¼ x 6 ¼ (LID) score in 1 ½ “ on all sides
Sizes - here are some photos to show the size difference in the boxes. The box on the left is the size that box A and B come out to (about a 4" cube). The box on the right is the size that box C comes out to (3" cube)
These are super easy to make... relatively fast to put together - you can make them very simple or as ornate and decorative as you like!