DIY Exploding Box with Butterflies – Full Tutorial & Free Pattern!

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Learn how to make an exploding butterfly box with moving parts and hidden secrets! Butterflies are so thrilling to watch in nature, but did you know you can make some of your very own? Yes, you can make butterflies that move on their own (ok, with a bit of help) as part of my new exploding butterfly box! This project was inspired by my endless explosion box, which so many of you have made! One variation — the heart explosion box — just didn’t seem like enough, so now you have another option! This gift box would be a perfect gift paired with my easy butterfly card. Let me show you how to make two explosion boxes in different sizes!

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* 12″ x 12″ 65-80 lb cardstock in whatever colors you wish — I used black (5 sheets for the exterior and details, white (1 sheet for inner note cards, and various colors for the butterflies and accents (8) –
* A method to cut your material — see
* Green StandardGrip Machine Mat 12″ x 12″ –
* Brayer, Scraper Tool, and Measuring Tape
* Craft Glue like Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue and Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
* Scoring Stylus — optional, for the files with score lines
* Design # 397 (My free SVG/PDF/DXF design files are available in my free resource library – get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)

If you’d like to add the butterflies, you can purchase some Magic Butterflies at to use with the larger box, or make your own using the following items:

* Four Popsicle Sticks
* 16 Gauge Jewelry Wire
* Four #31 Rubber Bands (1/8″ wide by 2.5″ long) — I used the medium sized ones from this package
* Jewelry Pliers Set

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Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
Music: Cute by Bensound (licensed, royalty and copyright free)
Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
Design: A Jennifer Maker original!

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