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Hexagon Explosion Box

Needle crafts  |  September 6th 2011  |  0 Comment


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   This hexagon explosion box would make a creative
and unique gift for your loved one. Explosion boxes look like a little
gift, but when the lid is removed the sides fall down to reveal
multiple tags where you can put photos, sayings, and other
embellishments.

     I’ve always been a fan of the
square explosion boxes,
but I wanted to try to make a hexagon version so I could have more tags
for photos. I designed the patterns, and included them for easy
printing. The best thing about this project is that it is quick and
easy to put together. The patterns fit a standard 8.5×11 inch sheet of
paper that will fit into a standard printer. In this way, you can print
right on to your patterned paper or cardstock you are using, and just
cut and fold on the lines. If you would like to make the pattern bigger
(for 12×12 paper for instance), simply print out the patterns and
enlarge them to any size you choose with a photocopier.

    Making the
actual box is easy. Most of your time for this project will be spent
adding photos and decorating it. Your sweetheart is going to just love
this thoughtful and personalized gift, that you made yourself!

hexagon explosion box

open hexagon explosion box


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1.
Begin the hexagon explosion box by clicking on each of the patterns
below. A PDF file will open (Adobe Reader is required) for easy
printing. Put the card stock or patterned paper you are using directly
in the printer to print right on to it. It works best if you use a
heavy card stock for the bottom layer and for the lid. Once you print
them, cut out the patterns. For the lid pattern, only cut on the bold
lines. The other lines are the folding lines.

Click here to open the BOTTOM LAYER pattern
of
the hexagon box
Click here to open the MIDDLE LAYER pattern
of
the hexagon box
Click here to open the TOP LAYER pattern of
the hexagon box
Click here to open the LID pattern of the
hexagon box

2. The next step is to fold each tab on the star-like patterns you
printed. It works best if you have a scoring tool and bone folder, like
the attachment I have here on my paper cutter. This will ensure a nice
straight fold. Once you have made a fold, fold it back and forth
several times to “wear in” the fold. This is because you want the tabs
to fall back easily when the lid is removed. Once you have made all the
folds, you can begin to assemble the hexagon explosion box. Layer and
glue the three stars on top of one another. Begin with the largest on
the bottom, then the middle size, and then the smallest star on top.
Only add glue to the center hexagon, allowing the tabs to move freely.
This forms the bottom of the box, and it is complete except for all the
decorating.

   
    scoring the foldsfolded

3. The next step is to prepare the lid. A heavy card stock works well,
but as you can see I chose to use a patterned paper for the lid. I
printed the pattern on heavy card stock, but then glued a thin
patterned paper to this card stock to make it more sturdy. Make the
first two folds on each tab first, as shown.

folding the tabs on the lid

5. Next, fold the side “tabs” that are on every other side of the
hexagon.

folding the lid tabs a second time

5. The side tabs will fit inside the fold of the side next to it. Apply
glue to keep everything together, and then use paper clips to secure
this while you allow it to dry.

   
    Place the side tab inside the fold on the next sideglue the tab down

paper clip the lid until it dries

7. The majority of this hexagon explosion box project will be all the
decorating, and there are so many options here. I gave this explosion
box to my husband. The top layer is all about our wedding. A few tabs
had photos, one tab had our vows printed on it, and on one tab I glued
two small wedding rings with our wedding date. The middle layer
included photos from various vacations we have taken, and the bottom
layer included photos of our family and children. Each layer moved
chronically through our relationship, beginning wtih our wedding as the
top layer and finally to the bottom layer which highlights our
children. Be creative. You are only limited by your imagination. I can
think of a lot of possibilities, as I’m sure you can too!

Here’s a few more ideas for your hexagon explosion box:

- Make each tab have a question about the two of you, with the
answer on the tab behind. For example “My favorite thing about you
is…”, answer “the way your smile can make my day”.

- Glue a small candy to each tab.

- Write certain verses of your favorite love songs inside.

- Attach ticket stubs, pressed flowers, or other special
symbols of your life together.

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The explosion box is awesome!! Your creativity, energy and attention to detail is soooooo inspiring.



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