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Christmas Explosion Box - Decorative Square Templates

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: K - 6

A set of decorative templates and frames to use in a variety of holiday crafts.

Make Your Own Explosion Gift Box with Printable Note Templates

We all struggle with finding the perfect gift for the “person who has everything.” It’s even harder for kids to decide how to make (or pay for) gifts for their loved ones. That’s where our DIY Explosion box template comes in! A Christmas explosion box (also known as an exploding box or an exploding memory box), is a cheap, simple, and heartwarming way to gift a loved one during the Christmas season. The simple concept of an exploding box full of memories is the perfect gift for everyone on your students’ lists!

What Are Explosion Boxes?

The explosion box is an origami box that pops open and “explodes” as soon as the recipient takes the top off, revealing pictures, messages, and even gifts inside.

The box lid can be decorated any way you like before giving it to your loved ones. Your students could even write a sweet love note or draw a picture! This is a great way to surprise someone with something they never expected!

explosion box gift template

How to Make a DIY Christmas Gift Box

You’ll need to download and print out this template to DIY this Christmas gift box. Once you have it printed, gather your scissors, glue, and other craft materials

This printable template includes a variety of plain frames and sentence starters. Students can pick and choose which they want to use in their exploding gift box.

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Step 1: The First Layer

To create the first layer:

  • cut out a square that measures 11 inches by 11 inches
  • using a ruler, divide the larger square to create a grid with smaller squares measuring 4 inches by 4 inches.
  • cut out each corner square to create a plus sign (like the image below)
  • decorate each of the squares excluding the middle square.

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We used leftover Christmas wrapping paper and some pretty sparkly paper. You can also pick up some Christmas scrapbooking paper that would work perfectly too! Or, why not re-use old Christmas cards? It’s a good way to show your students how to recycle items and live more sustainably.

The beauty of this craft is that once the templates have been measured and cut, you can let your students’ creative juices flow!

Step 2: The Second Layer

For the second layer, we have added a bit more detail.

Measurements for the second layer are:

  • 10.5 inches by 10.5 inches for the large square
  • 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches for the smaller squares.

We glued some sparkly glitter paper on some of the squares first and then our Holiday Decorative Square Templates on top. This creates a really fun, decorative effect!

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Step 3: The Third Layer

This is the fun layer where your students can add fun layers and effects!

Measurements for the second layer are:

  • 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches for the large square
  • 3 inches x 3 inches for the smaller squares.

As this is the top layer you will need something in the middle square – you can even add some height to this one as it will be the middle of the box!

Add a small gift for someone special in the middle as well.

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Step 4: Constructing the Box

Now that you have three completed plus-sign-shaped layers, it’s time to stick them all together! Make sure the decorative side is facing up.

  1. Place the first (largest) layer face up on the table and fold up the outside squares.
  2. Stick strips of double-sided tape or use glue around the edges of the center square.
  3. Place the center square of the second (middle) layer on top of the first layer and push down.

Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the next layer until the box has been built!

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Step 5: The Exploding Gift Box Lid

To ensure that the receiver of this gorgeous craft gets a lovely surprise upon opening this exploding gift box, a lid needs to be made. We’re almost there…

  • Cut a square piece of paper that is 8 inches by 8 inches
  • Using a ruler, divide the square into a grid with the middle square measuring 4 inches by 4 inches.
  • Now, instead of cutting the whole corner squares out as we did for the layers, you only need to cut one line from the edge of the paper to each of the corners in the middle square. This will create four tabs!
  • Fold all of the ruled lines.
  • Put glue on the smaller square ‘tabs’ created by the cuts and folds.
  • Tuck the tabs into the long rectangular sides of the lid.
  • Decorate!

There you have it — the coolest Christmas craft around. Your students will love creating this awesome surprise for someone special in their lives.

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