Sunday, December 19, 2010

HOLLY JOLLY STAMP CAMP, Christmas Tree Pyramid Explosion Box...

This is the last project I have to share from my Holly Jolly Stamp Camp.  This is a Pyramid Explosion Box that I have decorated as a Christmas Tree.  The basic box is very easy to do, but I'll be honest - the "fir" on the tree is time consuming to do.  It was Jenni's idea to add it and it is really cute!  Save it for someone really special!  I don't think you have to add it, but it certainly is adorable! 

We didn't decorate the inside of the box as this was just one of several projects we were making at the Stamp Camp, so I left them to decorate it themselves.   We did not as time was a factor.

I did do a full tutorial for this one (following the recipe) even though I don't usually do one for class projects as I feel that is a benefit reserved for those who pay to come to the class.  However, consider this an early Christmas present from me!  Enjoy!

  • Card Stock – Garden Green 12" x 12" Textured
  • Punches – Heart to Heart (#119881, $16.95)
  • Ribbon – 1/4" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain (#120992, $6.95), Silver Tinsel Trim (#120994, $7.95)
  • Accessories – Glimmer Brights Brads (#121006, $4.95), Mini Glue Dots (#103683, $4.95)
  • Tools – Paper Trimmer/Scorer, Crop-A-Dile (#108362, $29.95)

Click on pictures to enlarge pictures to see details.

1. With 12” X 12” cardstock, score at 4” & 8”.
Turn and repeat.

2. Cut out the four corner pieces using either a paper
trimmer or paper snips.

3. Score from the outer points to the base of each of the four squares as shown.

4. Trim the “tabs” on the side of each outer square from the outer scored point of the square until about ½” or ¼” from the base of the square with paper snips.


Use a pencil to mark each of the outer squares 1-1/2” up on each side of the square. Use a craft knife or paper trimmer to cut the pieces off the side of the squares, forming points at the outer edge.

5. If not doing a tree and you want to stamp your boxes, do so now.  Fold under any flaps that you do not want stamping on.  Wheels work wonderful for these!

Or if you want triangles of cardstock for focal pieces, cut them 1/4" - 1/2" smaller than the pyramid box sides.

6. Using a Crop-a-Dile, make a small hole for the ribbon near each point of the triangle.

7. Fold the box along the score lines folding the side flaps in.  Thread the ribbon “in” through your front hole (this is where the bow will be tied) and “out” through the adjacent triangle's hole, then the next one and lastly you come back to the first hole.  Tie a bow as shown in the next picture.
8. For a Christmas tree, punch approximately 100 of the tall hearts with the Heart to Heart Punch.  You could also color distress or glitter the heart tops (which are turned upside down when applying) for even more dimension, if desired.  Adhere them with a Mini Glue Dot in an overlapping method to each side of the tree. Be sure to adhere them only to a side and do NOT cover the corners or you will be unable to open the box.

9. Add tinsel trim or ribbon and glimmer brads for ornaments.  I snipped the prongs off the Glimmer Brads and adhered to with a Mini Glue Dot so that the inside of the box could still be decorated.

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