Monday, 19 August 2013

Hexagon week - Jane

This should have appeared on the blog last week, not sure what happened there (sorry Jane). 
But I am posting it now because I would not want you to miss out on Jane's gorgeous exploding box especially as she is sharing all the details on how to make it. 
I'm sure you will enjoy this. 
Let us know in a comment below.

I decided to do an exploding box, a bit different to the last one, and will show you exactly how to make it, this time in a hexagon shape

First make a pattern for the base, decide on the size you want and make sure all sides measure the same, mine will be 1 1/2"

Cut it out and sit it on a piece of 300g card, you need to add the sides so put it quite central.  Measure out 3" from each side.  You will be one short as the A4 card is not quite big enough. 

Draw around your pattern again and add one more side.  Stick the two bases together, one on top of the other.. 

Cut out 12 pieces of contrasting card and patterned paper and add to the sides of box, both inside and outside

Using your original pattern cut two hexagons slightly smaller than the base and layer together.  Before sticking to base, cut 6 slits with a sharp knife as shown in picture

These are for the acetate strips.  Cut 3 strips measuring 3/8" by approx. 10".   Thread through slits as shown.

Using ultra-sticky doublesided tape, stick to base and bend acetate strips up slightly.

Using the same contrasting card and paper, cut 6 butterflies (12 in total)

Add the butterflies to each acetate strip, staggering the heights slightly. 
Make sure the tallest one is no higher than the box side when standing up or the lid will crush it. 
Die cut a scalloped circle and stick to the base

To make the lid, using your original pattern again, add 1/16" around each edge.  measure out 3/4" on each side.  
Add an extra bit on each side to create a lip to stick the lid together.

Stick the lid together and make sure it fits on your box

Decorate the lid with more card and paper and finish with a large organza bow and 2 more butterflies.

Jane used:
Copic YG03 (for colouring ribbon)

See you tomorrow


  1. Brilliant love the colours and thank you for such detailed patterns big hugs Jo xxx

  2. Love the design and the bright colours. Looks smashing, really like it and might give it a go. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. What a great idea, love the box and the vibrant colours, many thanks.


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