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Christmas Exploding Box Dimensions By Jamie Rodgers


Christmas Exploding Box Dimensions By Jamie Rodgers | Craftmania Blog

Hello all....

I've had rather a few questions about my new exploding box featured in my latest Collection's launch, so I felt a few instructions might help put you on the path to creating your very own...



I make my exploding boxes slightly different to some people.

Instead of cutting large sheets of card in to an 'X' - I opt to making panels and adding tabs...







▪️So I cut 4 panels (all the same size) and score the base of each panel at 0.5"

I then cut a square the same width as the panels. Glue each 'tab' under the square to create my 'X' ▪️For this box, I have repeated this 3 times, shrinking down the sizes for each layer of the exploding box. ▪️So the largest panels for the outside of the box are :-

6"x 6.5" (scored at 0.5" to create a 6"x 6" side to each panel)

The middle square is - 6" x 6"


▪️The next level down on the exploding box.. 5" x 5.5" (scored at 0.5" to create a 5"x 5" side to each panel) The middle square is - 5" x 5"

▪️The smallest level to the box is 4"x 4.5" (scored at 0.5" to create a 4"x 4" side to each panel).

The middle square is - 4" x 4" So as you can see, I chose to step each layer down by 1," but you could add in more layers or change this ratio to fit your display/style.





For the lid, I cut a square of card at 7.1" x 7.1" and scored at 0.5" on all sides, and cut and formed it to create the lid.

The tree i have cut 5, folded them in half and glued them back to back to create a free standing decoration


I have built a small 1" box to stand my tree on top of to give more room for presents.


I then covered the box and ground around it in fluffy stiff.

This is just a quick outline to hopefully help you understand the workings of this Exploding Box.



For mine I have chosen to decorate the middle with a selection of my new dies -


For the outside of my box I have used : -

And I have decorated the panels with papers from these two Paper Pads..


TIP - When using these papers for my presents, I glued the paper on to thin white card before die cutting to give the paper more body and strength. Craft Tools I have used -


If you would like your boxes to stand out even more, one thing that really gives a lovely finish is rounding the corners of your papers and layers...



Finishing touches..


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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Absolutely love your Christmas Collection, and thank you for sharing the size of the exploding box Jamie, the 3D tree in the middle is great. My order is on the way. 😍😂

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Jamie Rodgers
Jamie Rodgers
Jul 28, 2023
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Amazing! I hope you enjoy the new goodies! :)

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LYNN LEWIS
LYNN LEWIS
Jul 19, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

an absolutely brilliant exploding box Jamie 😊thank you for the sizes 😊and loving your tree in the centre 🥰

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Jamie Rodgers
Jul 28, 2023
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Thank you Lynn :)

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Lesley Tozer
Lesley Tozer
Jul 19, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

This is fantastic and love how you create the box so much better your way as you can use off cuts to make it, love the little tree and gifts in the centre too, I've only ever made 1 exploding before so think I may have to get creative again for some special people...............thanks too for you clear instructions. 🤗

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Jamie Rodgers
Jamie Rodgers
Jul 28, 2023
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No problem Lesley, I am so pleased you have found them helpful! Please do share with us in the group how you get on :)

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jackiewoods34.jw
Jul 19, 2023

A stunning exploding box Jamie.xx.

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Jamie Rodgers
Jamie Rodgers
Jul 28, 2023
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Thank you :)

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