Last Minute Gift Idea

Last Minute Gift Idea

Julie Heyer

Need a last minute gift idea? Explosion boxes come together quickly and make a unique, interactive gift. I paired the Watercolor Christmas collection and a festive die cut poinsettia tea light to make this beautiful box.

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I found the original inspiration for this idea on Pinterest.

Explosion Box

Score a 12x12" Watercolor Christmas White Plain at 4 and 8". Rotate 90° and score again at 4 and 8".

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Remove the four 4" corner squares with scissors.

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Cut four 3.75" Watercolor Christmas Green squares and attach to the outsides of the box.

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Flip the base over and trim four 3.75" Watercolor Christmas Poinsettia print squares. Attach to the insides of the box.

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Cut a 3.5" Poinsettia Print square and layer with 3.75" Black Plain square. Attach to the bottom inside of the box. Add a small greeting (Holiday 2010) stamped on White Plain paper with India Ink.

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Score a 6-1/8" square Watercolor Christmas Green plain at 1" on all sides. 

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Cut along the score line up to the first score on opposite sides of the paper as show in the photo below.

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Embellish the top of the box lid with nested 4" square White Plain, 3.5" square Red Plain (photo mat) and 2.75" square Black Plain. Attach a poinsettia flower (Prima) with a gold brad to a 2.5" square Cardinal cutapart. Layer onto Black Plain.

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Add Bookbinding Glue to the four tabs and attach to form the lid.

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Give the box a test run to ensure everything fits together nicely.

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Cut a 14" length of plaid ribbon and adhere to the outside lid rim (I used ATG adhesive). Tie a bow with an 8" piece of the same ribbon and attach to the rim using Glue Dots.

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Die cut (Sizzix Movers and Shapers Poinsettia) four poinsettias using Red Plain (photo mat). Add a Gold Flower Dazzle (Love Blooms) to the center of each die cut. Attach to the outside panels of the box.

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Poinsettia Flower Tea Light

Diecut leaf shapes from red paper with a Sizzix Decorative Strip die.

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Punch a 1" circle of Red paper and punch a hole in the center.

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Attach the leaves to the punched circle with hot glue.

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Add Distress Stickles to the center of the flower and allow to dry completely.

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Insert the flame of the tea light into the center of the flower and embellish the bottom with plaid ribbon.

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The Explosion box is complete and ready for gift giving.

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Happy Holiday Crafting!

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