October 26th, 2018 | Contributor: Dezi, Cricut Design Team
updated October 5, 2020
The holidays are coming up quick! What are you making this season?
As a professional crafter, people are always expecting something totally unique from me. So, this year I decided to play with the classic exploding box card and adding a little more magic with my version of a snow globe.
Using my Cricut Maker™ and the Scoring Wheel™ tool made this project so easy. I was able to cut each piece with precision and score crisp lines on cardstock using the machine. Follow along below to make your own!
What you’ll need:
- Cricut® 12×12 StandardGrip Cutting Mat
- Scoring wheel
- Linen vinyl
- Clear acetate
- Cardstock (gray, glitter white, and green)
- Deluxe paper Nordic Christmas
- Transfer tape
- White glitter
- White pompoms
- Adhesive foam squares
- Hot glue
1. Open Project Instructions
Begin by opening Cricut Design Space® using this project link, Merry Christmas Exploding Box. This project makes one exploding box.
2. Cut the Cardstock and Vinyl
Make it! This project is ready to go. Load your materials, follow the directions on screen, and let Cricut Maker do its magic.
3. Weed and Transfer Your Design
Use a weeder tool to remove the excess vinyl from your snowflake and “Merry Christmas” cut.
Then, use transfer tape to transfer your image onto the acetate squares.
Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces. Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto the acetate square and burnish on with your scraper tool. Peel the transfer tape off, leaving the vinyl cuts on the acetate sheets.
- Three of the sides have snowflakes across the top
- One side has a deer in the bottom right
- The top will have the “Merry Christmas” image on the top right corner
4. Make the Snow Globe
Fold the box along the score lines, and familiarize yourself with how it folds together. Then, glue the clear acetate windows with vinyl decoration into the inside of the box panels.
Use the tabs and hot glue it together to form the box. Fold the box at the score lines and glue the tabs to the adjacent panel to form corners.
There are four tabs at the bottom of the box to seal the globe later.
Fold all of the trees in half on the score line. Adhere the white snow cap onto the top of the tree. Using three of these completed trees, glue the sides together to create a 3D tree.
Take the top of the box and turn it upside down.
Pour glitter into the box, then take the box base with Christmas trees on it and glue it to the tabs on the bottom of the box. Take extra care to seal it entirely with hot glue so no glitter gets out.
Allow to dry completely before turning right side up.
5. Create the Exploding Box
Glue the two layers of the snowflakes together, then use adhesive foam squares to attach them to the patterned snowflake panels.
Fold along all score lines along the outside of the exploding box, then glue the completed scene box to the center square. Glue the snowflake panels onto the interior side panels of the box.
Assemble the lid and bow of the box.
Fold the sides up and place the lid on top.
As the recipient pulls the lid off, you have a one of a kind snow globe holiday exploding box in action! Shake for snow effect.
Happy holidays and happy crafting!