Explosion Box

Exploding Box Tutorial, Exploding Box Template Pattern
Scrapbook in a Box
Etui Box Tutorial


I have had to move this page from my blog to here due to link restrictions (certain links not allowed and were disabled). I hope no one minds, but I felt all the info was important to share.

A while back, some photos were posted titled “box in a box” by Belinda (link below as well as tutorials)).

The concept was three boxes of three different sizes. Remove the box lid and the sides of each box collapsed to reveal another box. So the bigger box is what you see, but take off the lid which is what holds each box shape together, and there is another box of a smaller size placed kitty corner, remove that lid, and there is a third smaller box placed kitty corner. When all three boxes are open and flat, the sides now all laying down, looks like a flower with a lot of petals.

Other terms used to describe these boxes were “exploding box”, “exploding memory box”, “scrapbook in a box”.

The true historical term to describe these boxes is “etui box”. They were originally made of fabric and padding and housed needlework supplies to take on the go in the days of yore. There are many patterns available to create such boxes for needleworkers.

These paper/cardstock boxes can be made to house a fold down, knock down scrapbook.
Watch this quick video of the concept (right click open new window).

Basically, you cut three or four cross shapes of various sizes for each box on cardstock.

Here are some basic written instructional tutorials to help you create your own masterpiece:

Scrapbook in a Box  — nice tutorial with great pictures of the end product.

Scrapbook in a Box
— step by step tutorial in 25 (approx) pictures!

Exploding Box Class at Glitter Adventure’s Blog

Exploding Box — at Associated ContentEntry #1 (online class instructions 3/6/07)

Entry #2 (12/24/06)

Life as Lou has two wonderful pictorials and a bit of instruction on her blog.

Don’t miss it — these are absolutely fabulous and inspiring.

Dolly’s Dreamings has a Valentine Box Tutorial.

Go Scrappin Explosion Book Tutorial

Printable Template — limited instructions from Crafty Templates

Easy Instructions from Creative Crafts and Stickers

Exploding Box Tutorial — at sb.com

Exploding Scrapbox — at Crafty Daisies

Exploding Memory Box — at 2p-zzz in a pot aka “the veggie site”. This wonderful tutorial was removed as someone stole it and was selling it as an ebook on eBay.

Carol Duvall Show 1307 “Fall Down Sewing Box”
— there are only two boxes, but if you adjust the box size figures, you could add a third one.

Examples and Inspirations

Belinda’s Exploding Box as mentioned above. Very clever engineering as the box can be pulled shut. Very nice how each box is kitty corner to the previous one giving it a flowered layered look. More pictures. Check out her gallery!

Scrapninny — interesting that the entire bottom is a whole piece of 12×12 paper and the box has four layers to it.

Exploding Box Gallery at Two Peas

Exploding 3″ box ornament diagram/pattern Check out the other photos while you are there.

Exploding Box Gallery at sb.com

Hope this helps some one.