Hi, beautiful you. This is the first time that I have ever created an explosion box & I must say that I really enjoyed putting it together.
I created it for my Mum for Mothers Day & I was pleased that she loved it. When she opened the lid of the box, you could see the surprised look on her face when the sides of the box fell open. It was great to see that it had such a lovely impact on her. It was only the second time that I had created something for Mum & with seeing the happiness & smiles it brought, I will be creating more gifts for her in the future.
There’s a little sentimental story behind the music machine that I included in the box. Would you like to hear about it?
I remember when I was a little girl, around 7 years old, I would sit on my Mums bed & talk to her while she got ready for the day. She would hand me her wooden jewellery box to play with & inside were all these beautiful little treasures. It was filled with earrings, bracelet charms, watches, necklaces & other odds & ends. They weren’t expensive jewellery but to me, at that age, it was like I was a princess with an abundant of gorgeous riches in a wonderful treasure chest.
But, that wasn’t the best part. There was a little gold wind-up key at the side of the jewellery box. I would turn it & turn it till the key couldn’t wind up anymore. I would then open the lid of the jewellery box & there would be the cutest little ballerina dancing around & around, doing a pirouette to the pretty music that began to play. I used to sit there for ages watching her spin around with her arms beautifully arched above her head, her feet in ballet shoes while standing on tip toes & wearing a pretty pink tutu around her waist.
I have no idea what happened to the jewellery box as Mum doesn’t have it now. Maybe it was left behind when we moved from England to Australia all those years ago.
One day I was at a newsagent store to pay for a magazine when I noticed all these little music things hanging on a rack. They all looked the same but each one played a different melody. To my surprise when I turned the handle of one, it played a melody that I instantly remembered! For Elisa by Beethoven. All of a sudden I was transported back in time to being a little girl sitting on my Mums bed with the jewellery box!
I was so excited that I bought it. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at that time, but I knew I had to have it! Time has gone by & it’s been sitting in my drawer for the last two years!
Creating the Explosion Box
When I decided to make the explosion box for Mum I didn’t have a clue how to create one. So I went in search for some tutorials on Youtube. You know how it goes. There were quite a few on there but not one for exactly what I wanted. With bits & pieces of information from all of them, I used my own initiative to adapt them to what I needed.
I created the main template, cut out the paper I wanted to use but couldn’t think of what I wanted for the main element that was to go in the middle. Suddenly I remembered the music box that I had bought ages ago that was still in my drawer. I was holding my breath & hoping deeply that it would fit into the center of the explosion box. It did! It fit perfectly.
I coloured it with gesso (as it was black), used brads to stabilize it to the middle of the explosion box & added some to give it a softer look. After that, I started to decorate the inside of the box with more elements to make it look more pretty.
The explosion box needed a bit more of a feminine touch so I handmade some vellum flowers. I heat embossed them & gave them a bit of colour with Copics markers. That was the easy part. Adhering them together with the heat gun was was quite a task as I kept burning myself! Do you have that problem? I guess I need more practice with the heat gun & let it know who’s boss.
Some of the supplies I used were from my stash & what I call my ‘challenge tin’ which is filled with odds & ends that I may have otherwise thrown away. Like the wooden beads that I used for its feet. I wanted to the explosion box to have some height & to sit above the table top. It also gave the box a little more character.
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The little flower charm & hearts are held with some embroidery thread. I distressed the hearts & the whole box with some ink. This helped give the paper a little more depth & a little vintage feeling about it.
You can see that the sides are bulging slightly but that’s because of what’s inside. I think it adds to the anticipation of opening it & being surprised with what’s inside the explosion box. There was a bit of weight behind it when you held it in your hands, so it was obvious that there was something waiting for you to see inside.
The lace & string of pearls are from my craft stash & I was grateful that I could use it. Do you ever have a good feeling when you’re able to use something from your stash of craft supplies that’s been sitting there for quite a while? I know I do. I think it’s like a confirmation of why we’ve held onto that item for so long when we’re finally able to use it.
It was important to me that the music machine was hidden but was still able to turn the handle to hear the music. So I carefully placed the vellum & WOC flowers around it using the hot glue gun (again) to stick them down. I included some leaves but they were a very prominent green colour to start with. I got the gesso & painted the leaves to soften them down a little. They look ‘frosty’ almost.
That’s it for now. I hope you like it.
Have you ever created an explosion box or included something of sentimental value in your projects? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments.
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