I absolutely love making these – the gorgeous exploding candle box. It is a design that I came up with a few years ago when I was making things to sell at the local craft fairs. I sourced some fairly inexpensive candles and really jazzed them up – they proved very popular so I thought I would share the design with you here today. My candles are approximately 2 3/4″ diameter at the widest part and 3 1/4″ high.
I wanted to use the Forever Greenery Designer series paper becuase I find green a very calming colour, just perfect for giving a gift such as a candle, but this project will work with any papers you have got. I used both sides of the same sheet of paper, one of the things I love about our DSP is that the different designs co-ordinate and compliment beautifully.
To start, you will need a piece of card measuring 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″. I used Pear Pizzazz, and started with a sheet from the 12″ x 12″ Subtles Cardstock Assortments. These assortments are a great way of getting lots of different colours in one pack.
Take your 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ card and score it at 3 1/4″ on all 4 sides, then cut away the outer 4 corners before folding and burnishing the remaining score lines.
The Gold Foil mats measure 3″ x 2 1/2″ and the DSP layers measure 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″. You will need 8 of each, to decorate the inside and the outside of the box.
To make the lid for the exploding candle box, take a piece of the same colour cardstock measuring 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ and score it at just under 1″ on all 4 sides. Cut and notch the score lines then glue together to make a box lid. The gold mat for the lid is 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and the DSP layer is 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″. I wrapped some of the Gold Metallic Edge ribbon around the box and used the small label die from the Smooth Sailing dies to create a littel banner greeting, hiding the join of my ribbon.
I stamped the inside sentiment on Very Vanilla Card in Pear Pizzazz ink before cutting it out with one of the dies from the Tasteful Label dies and then mounting it onto a 1 3/4″ circle of gold foil.
The candle is decorated with one of the leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set, cut with the co-ordinating die, and some of the amazing Forever Gold Laser Cut Speciality Designer Series Paper. I absolutely love this paper, so different from the other laser cut papers that we have had and much easier to work with. I stuck these onto the candle using glue dots, as you do need to be very careful and make sure that they can be removed so as not to be a fire hazard.
I really hope you like this project, and that you have a go at making an exploding candle box for yourself. They make fabulous gifts for friends, family, teachers and co-workers. I made this during a recent Facebook Live, so have uploaded the video for you to watch if you would like to see how it is put together. There is quite a lot of talk of plants and gardening though, so you might want to fast forward through some of it!
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Thank you so much for reading my blog post today, until next time, Happy Crafting xx
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