Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Explosion Box Purse

This is another project that my stamper's club will be making in February. I first saw an explosion box purse done by the talented Kelly Gettelfinger and knew that I had to make one of my own. Below I have created a mini tutorial on how to make the base for the purse. If you have any questions, please post a comment and I will update my blog with the answers. Supplies are listed at the end of this blog entry.

Explosion Box Purse Base:

1. Start with a piece of 12” x 12” card stock. Score piece 4” in on all four sides.

2. Score each of the corner squares diagonally from the corner to the nearest intersection of score lines. You can do this with a ruler and a stylus tool or bone folder, since this step may be difficult to do on your regular scoring tool.

3. Score the East and West middle boxes, from the 6” mark on the edge of the card stock to the two closest intersecting score lines.

4. Optional: Cut off all four corners on the diagonal. I like to cut off my corners on explosion boxes, because they become very bulky otherwise. This is especially true for the explosion box purse, because all the folds come together at the top.

5. Create a purse topper. Here I used the top note die, but you can use any shape you like. The top flap should measure at least 4" across, if you want to hide all the folds at the top when the purse is closed. If you are putting a handle on the purse, it should be attached to the topper (my ribbon handle is hidden in the photo below). I used self-adhesive velcro to keep my purse closed. You may also wish to decorate the inside of your box with designer paper and flat embellishments.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Punch Bunch Stamp Set; Kindness Jumbo Wheel; Paper: Green house Gala, Old Olive (124284), Chocolate Chip (102128), Baja Breeze (111352), Whisper White (100730); Markers: Pumpkin Pie (105115), Old Olive (100079), Chocolate Chip; Punches: 1-3/4” Scallop Circle (119854), 1-1/4” Circle (119861), 1-3/8” Circle (119860); Jumbo Handle (103661); Jumbo Cartridge (103678); Old Olive Ink Refill (100531); Pear Pizzazz Poly Ribbon; Big Shot (113439); Top Note Die (113463).
Other Supplies: Self-adhesive Velcro dots.

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Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!

SheShe Asked, "I tried this but had the hardest time figuring out how to bring the box together, i couldnt figure out which pieces to close first/together. any pointers?"
First, make sure that you have scored all the score marks as indicated on the diagrams. Next, make sure that you have folded along all the score lines. Then take a look at the last photo of the tutorial and orient your piece the same way. Bring in the sides first (the tips of the side pieces will touch at the top when the purse is folded together. Next bring the front and the back together. The box should look like a triangle when viewed from the side. I hope this helps.


  1. Oh my goodness, Brenda! What an awesome project and tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing...I adore your purse! BTW...there is candy on my blog today if you have time to stop by!

  2. Thanks for this great tutorial. It will be perfect for my granddaughter's birthday.

  3. very very beautiful!!! thanks for the tutorial!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing. I saw this purse somewhere and I was wondering how it was done. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  5. Hello!

    This is wonderful! I love it! The magic boxes are my favorite thing to make and this is genius! Thank you for the tutorial!

    Wishing you a great day today!


    Barbara Diane

  6. I just surfing and found you....this box is excellent.....thank you for the tutorial too....I will be making this for my grand niece birthday...she is going to love it....thank you again....oh and I became a follower....

  7. what a darling purse! the step by step tutorial is awsome, thinking I might play around with it and make a "diaper bag" for an upcoming baby shower. thank you so much for the tutorial!

  8. Brenda I just wanted to let you know I did make this and if you want to can check out my blog....I also link it back to you....again thank you.....

  9. What a neat idea I try to send my 85 yr old mother cards often I am sure she will love getting this

  10. Brenda-
    This is adorable! I am a new SU demonstrator and was looking for the perfect gift for my hostess! I will put some cute SU nifty gifties in this adorable purse. Thank you!

  11. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!! New Follower! TFS

    Tammy G

  12. Brenda thankyou so much for sharing all the details of how to make your "gorjus" exploding purse, I love, love, love it. TFS Cheers Donna Zammit

  13. These are phenomenal. Thank you

  14. I tried this but had the hardest time figuring out how to bring the box together, i couldnt figure out which pieces to close first/together. any pointers?

  15. I had to make this immediately after I saw it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. This is soooo cute Brenda! I can't wait to make one. Thank you.

  17. Your bag is so beautiful!
    Thanks for this great tutorial!

  18. Gorgeous! i love the colour scheme! plus, the fact that it has a lot more capacity than most purse templates, making it a pretty ideal favor container....
    that said, i'm loving each of the wonderful templates/box styles you've shown on your blog! keep up the great work!

  19. This is just the Cuties Purse I have seen Great directions too I MUST give this a try.. Thank you soo much for sharing

  20. Hi there, Brenda! How fun of you to share my Explosion Purse! And how very sweet of you to mention me in your post (in such a sweet way as well!) Thank you! Your creations are fantastic and I will surely be visiting you often. My blog address has changed. If you're ever in my neck of the woods, stop by... http://alwaysstampin.blogspot.com

  21. Brenda,

    I have been trawling the internet for over an hour to find an explosion box tutorial that wasn't too complex and that I could personalise into something of my own. Thank you so much for such clear, concise instructions! :-)

  22. Witam! rewelacyjny kursik szukałam właśnie ciekawego wzoru torebki na urodziny i jeśli mogę to czy mogę skorzystać z kursiku:)pozdrawiam z Polski

  23. Brenda ~ I have two Great Nieces and I can't wait to make a couple of these to put little gifts in.

    Thank you

  24. Hello Brenda,
    Thank you very much for your tutorial, i could make many little gifts with your help.!!!
    you cann also look yourself :)


    thank you so much

  25. Hi!
    I just wanted to say thank you for this great visual tutorial! I made one of these today and it came out great and it made a great gift, filled with chocolate, of course!!! I added your link to my website and wanted to give you a shout out!
    Thank you!
    Janelle from Parsnips and Parsimony.com