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DIY: Children's explosion box with candy

There is still dust here. No wonder, after the long abstinence….

New year, old blog. Gaaaanz old blog. And that's why he's somehow still dear to my heart. Even if I no longer feel like the woman who was here in 2008 (no typo! ) and has written over two thousand postings so far. I became a mother and my life and interests have changed. My nail polish looks sad from the shelf because it is rarely used, two thirds of my make-up I've sold, given away or disposed of and I leave that with the many colorful eyeshadows.

One of my plans for this year (I didn't make resolutions, hey), to breathe life back into the blog. I would like to rename it or give myself a different name, but I can't think of anything suitable. So the name remains for the time being, even if the content changes a little. Just as I have changed too. I just let myself be surprised where the journey is going and maybe you will stick with it and like what there is to see here.

Enough of sentimentality! I have a DIY up my sleeve! You wanted it that way!

I actually only showed a short video on Insta. There you saw an explosion box that I made for my son's birthday. The feedback was overwhelming! I put off the first requests for instructions, but after the thirtieth question it was clear to me that I had to write something down for you. And here it is - the instructions for an explosion box of candy. Perfect for children or for the best friend, mom, boyfriend, husband, postman, for a neighbor, nice educator or whoever you want to surprise "sweetly".

Building such an explosion box is not difficult at all, it just takes a little time. You can also do a little trickery and thus save time. I will write how to do this at the end of the instructions.

But before there are even more question marks for one or the other, it is best to show what an explosion box is in a video. This is best seen in a moving picture!

So now you're smarter.

I intentionally made the box very colorful because my son loves it colorful. For an adult, I would choose completely different colors. The great thing about such homemade fuss is that you can use whatever colors and designs you want. The design possibilities are huge here. My boxes are kept quite simple. If you like, you can decorate the lid on the inside and outside and let off steam on the outside walls of the box. You can do what you like!

There are also many options for the filling. Photos, vouchers, little anecdotes, etc. If you want to fill the box with sweets like me, it would be good for you to think about which sweets they should be before starting the handicrafts. You can then adjust the box size accordingly. For me, for example, it was pretty close to the place with the children of Bueon. If I had known that beforehand, I would have simply made the next larger box 1 cm wider. Therefore, I would like to point out that my cm information is only a guide! You can design your boxes according to your wishes and are completely free.

And now enough of the long preface. I'll tell you what you need to build your Explosion Box and off you go!

▪ Motif block, printed on one or both sides as required (for example this one)
▪ Depending on the size of your boxes, the motif blocks are no longer sufficient in size, then you have to buy A3 or A2 sheets, these are missing here on the photo
▪ Adhesive
▪ scissors
▪ Circle (mine is still from school! The old thing. )
▪ pencil
▪ ruler
▪ Falzbein (something like that) or, as with me, a dotting tool from the old days of nail polish
▪ six paper clips

Do you have everything together? Then choose your paper and go!

1. I made a small box for the instructions. Spread out the compass to the desired size of the box, here 4 cm. You will use it to draw a circle with a diameter of 8 cm. (Radius times 2 equals diameter, right?)
2. My box should be a hexagon - so mark six points on the circle with the compass - keep the 4 cm as the measurement, otherwise it will be crooked. If the paper is only printed on one side, make sure to draw on the white (i.e. not printed) side. Saves later on erasing or pasting over the pencil marks. In itself, I can only recommend not to press too hard with the belist pen. The less you see him later.

3. Connect these six points one after the other - tadaaa, the result is a hexagon - the bottom of your box.

4. At the beginning, connect the parallel points lying next to each other with a thin auxiliary line (here dashed). With the second box you think of this line and don't need the help line anymore.

5. Extend the auxiliary lines at two adjacent points, this will become the foldable side walls of the box. Here I made the line 4.5 cm long. Connect the two vertical lines with a horizontal line. Reads more complicated than it is, the picture itself explains itself, right?

6. Cut out the resulting shape.

7. The side walls must now be folded. With your paper, pay attention to which design you want inside or outside. I ran the lines with my dotting tool and then bent them over. You can also use your fingernail for this (but I found it ouch and stupid), a bone folder or a ruler if it is beveled flat. Either way, fold the sides up (away from you) - so that a (reasonably recognizable) box is created. You do that six times because six walls, right?

8. If you want, you can now decorate each side wall with paper of a different color. It is also used for stabilization. Depending on what paper you use, this can be helpful. It is up to you whether you fill in the wall completely or leave a small margin.

The first part of your box is now ready and should look like this.

Now the lid is still missing. This is done according to the same principle.

1. Draw a circle. However, 2-3 millimeters larger than the box. The example box has a radius of 4 cm, so you have to measure 4.3 cm for the lid with the compass. Draw six points on the circle again, leaving the 4.3 cm set. Reconnect the six points to form a hexagon.

2. Draw auxiliary lines or start thinking now and extend it again at two adjacent points. However, this time not as long as with the side walls, but much shorter. I chose 1.5 cm here. These will be the side walls of the lid, i.e. the visible part that protrudes over the box.

3. Cut out the shape. However, do not cut out the resulting triangles next to each side wall as with the box, but connect them mentally (or initially with a pencil) and cut along them.

4. Now cut into one side of each triangle (I chose left). This will be the glue flap for the lid. The picture explains it better again.

5. Fold the side walls back up and the adhesive flap to the side.

6. One after the other, glue each individual tab and fix it with a paper clip until everything is dry and holds well. (Took me about 5 minutes, but is sure different depending on the glue.)

The lid is ready. Here, too, when folding, pay attention to which side should be on the outside and which on the inside. Some of my paper was only printed on one side and I didn't want to see the inside of the lid with the pencil drawings, so I covered it with scraps of paper on the inside.

You see, it's actually very easy to make a box with a lid, right?

I always made my boxes 2 cm larger. So after the 4 cm box came 6 cm, then 8 cm etc. As already mentioned above, this could have been 0.5 cm more for thicker sweets.

The same thing about the height of the side walls, I always made them 0.5 cm larger. From 10 cm to 1.5 cm higher because I thought I would have more space for sweets.

I increased the height of the lids in 1 cm steps. So first lid 1.5 cm, the one for the 6 cm box 2.5 cm etc.

When you have finished making all your boxes, you can glue them together on the floor. Glue candy (or whatever you want in it) and you're done. I attached my candy with double-sided tape, it holds up very well!

Another tip for the candy - the heavier, the better the box “explodes”. You can also see it in my video - the chocolate bons are too light, the sides don't fold down on their own like with the previous, heavier walls. So if possible, take heavy calorie bombs.

And now one more Tip for lazy people who don't want to make individual boxes: You can also take ready-made gift boxes and cut into the side walls. This results in only square boxes (hexagons are rarely found, I mean), but can also be implemented nicely.

Now I hope you can do something with my instructions !? Write to me here in the comments or on Insta or Facebook under #fraushoppingexplosionbox and show me your box if you've made one.

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