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"Exploding" box card

I wanted to do something special for my brothers wedding.  Something that was a present and card all in one.  He had asked for contributions toward his Hawaii honeymoon so I needed to have a little pocket to put some money in.

I had done one of these box cards once before for a friends "special" birthday and she was tickled pink to receive it and still talks about it a year later.

Going by the invitation, the colours of the wedding were grey and Tiffany blue/turquoise.  These are so lovely together, I knew it would look lovely regardless.

Here's how it turned out!

All closed up - looks like a little present!

Then when the lid comes off, the sides fall away to reveal the inside.

The wedding cake is the centre piece. Made from scratch!

One side had a pocket so I could slip some honeymoon money in and the other had a card so I could write my message to them.

If you haven't made one of these, they really are not too difficult.    The centre piece can be as simple or detailed as you like as well as the side walls.

There are clips on You Tube that show you how to make them, but the basics are below.

To make the box base:

Take a 30cm x 30cm (12in x 12in) card and score in thirds in both directions - creating 9 even squares.

You can cut away the corners to form a PLUS (+) shape.  I cut each corner diagonally to create fold over flaps to create the pockets.

Take your time thinking about how you want it to look before cutting!!

The lid:

Take another square 15cm x 15cm (6 x 6in).

Score along one side at 2.5cm, then 12.5cm, turn to the next side and repeat once.

This time, the corners will form the tabs to stick the sides together so don't cut them off, just snip along top side and bottom side only.

I decorated the lid before assembly as I find it easier, but either way is fine.

Give it a go!  It makes a real statement for a special occasion!


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