New Baby Girl Explosion Box - Nursery


Posted on 27th January 2020 by Alison Pendlebury-Brown
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There have been several new babies born into my family over the past 12 months and a friend of mine gave birth on the 1st of January 2020! So to celebrate I show you here how I made an explosion box card. I'd prevoiusly made a similar one for my great-nephew in baby blue and white. It was definitely a hit!

You will need:

You will also need:

  • Patterned card or paper
  • Sequins or seed beads
  • Acetate
  • Flat backed pearls
  • Cot shaped and clock metal die cutters or cutting machine
  • Baby-themed sentiment die cutter or cutting machine
  • Ribbon

Exp Box Nursery Pink Make Box

Exp Box Nursery Lid Cutting Diagram

Box Creation - Size 4" x 4" x 4"

  • To create the box I scored the pink 12" x 12" card at 4" and 8", turned and repeated on the other side with an additional score line of 9" to create a tab to kep the box closed on 2 sides.
  • To create the lid for the box I started with a square of the pink pearlised card 7.5" x 7.5" and scored at 0.75" and 1.75", turning the card through 90 degrees and repeating the score lines. Cut as per the image to create tabs to assemble.

Exp Box Nursery Pink Inside

Once the lid and box are assembled I created a wardrobe, drawers and cot from white card stock and used flat backed pearls as handles. I adhered these items to the inside of the box.

I created a rug using a square of pink card and snipped at the ends to create fringing.

I lined the inside of the box with unicorn paper to create wallpaper and a wood effect patterned paper to create a wooden floor. Using a die cutter I also made a clock which I set to the time the baby was born.

Exp Box Nursery Message Insert Diagram

Exp Box Nursery Pink Insert

Many different embellishments could be used at this point to record the name of the baby, the date of birth, time of birth and even the baby's weight. I simply used a January 2020 calendar and added a pink heart onto the day that they baby was born. I also printed out the baby's name and weight and added them onto the side with the calender (not shown on the images).

Next, I created a pocket that could hold a message insert - see diagram.

Exp Box Nursery Pink Calendar

Finally, I created a shaker element with sequins a little smaller than the lid and affixed to the lid. I adhered the 'Welcome Little One' die cut to the acetate.

And that's it. Simple to do once you get the hang of it, but it is quite time consuming, but sooo worth it when complete.

I hope you'll give it a try - don't forget to share your version on instagram, using the hashtag #papermilldirect.

Exp Box Nursery Pink Top

Exp Box Nursery Pink Open


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