"Our Family" Explosion Box by Thienly

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Ever since Mary produced the Explosion Box SVG Collection, I've always wanted to create one of these beautiful boxes.  I wanted to make something meaningful, and decided the theme to be "our family", focusing on the love and the strength that binds us together.  The focal point is the tree, and it seemed appropriate for this project - "Our family is like the branches of a tree.  We may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.  Each of us will always be a part of other." - Anon. I filled the box with lots of love, and just to give you some idea, it has 88 of Mary's SVG cut files (all distressed at the edges), 6 buttons, 6 brads, 52 pearls and rhinestones, 14 pieces of ribbons, and 18 pictures.  I believe that this box captures the love and how we are so close to each other.

SVG Collections Used

Explosion Box SVG Collection
Moonlight Garden SVG Collection
Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection
Camping at Fox Ridge SVG Collection
My Mom's Attic SVG Collection
Celeste's Cutesy Corners SVG Collection
Memory Garden SVG Collection
Robin's Return SVG Collection


Here are the exact shapes, sizes and colors I used.  Size to the dimensions shown below with “Keep Proportions” checked in the Shape Properties window, unless otherwise noted on the dimensions chart.

Explosion Box SVG Kit
folded_exterior_a.svg 11.2" wide sand brown
plain_lid.svg 11.22" wide charcoal grey
middle_layer.svg 10.89" wide aqua blue
interior_layer.svg 11.2" wide moss green
embellishments1.svg 11.2" wide various papers and colors
flourish.svg 2.03" wide charcoal grey
scalloped_rectangle.svg 3" wide and 3.5" high moss green
frame1.svg 2.6" wide and 3.35" high charcoal grey
frame4.svg 3.25" wide moss green
tag.svg 2" and 2.25" wide various papers and colors
flower_5_petal.svg 0.7", 1.20", 1.35", 1.65", 1.70" wide various papers and colors
Memory Garden SVG Collection
scalloped_middle.svg 3.25" wide ivory white
label3_top.svg 4.28" wide and 1.4" high sand brown
beads.svg 3.25" wide black
flourish3.svg 2.25" wide black
Moonlight Garden SVG Collection
buds_bottom.svg 2.06" wide moss green
gate.svg 1.35" wide (9 welded together) black
oval_frame 3.22" wide and 3.64" high black
Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection
8.svg 10.6" wide black
Robins Return SVG Collection
12x12_eyelet.svg 7.84" wide charcoal grey
Camping at Fox Ridge SVG Collection
tree_top.svg 2.18" wide and 2.10" high moss green
tree_bottom.svg 2.33" wide and 2.52" high espresso brown
Free SVG Collection - My Mom's Attic
doily_hearts.svg 1.50", 2.75" and 3.25" wide various colors
our_family.svg 1.90" wide black
Celeste's Cutesy Corners SVG Collection
flourish2.svg 1.28" wide ivory white
flower_flourish1.svg 1.82 "wide ivory white
scalloped1_bottom.svg 2.68" wide ivory white
branch_top.svg 3.6" wide black
branch_bottom.svg 3.6" wide moss green
Free SVG file - Spring Flourish Square
3.5" wide aqua

Design Tips

Thienly - SVGCuts Design Team Artist

  • I chose a paper collection that I wanted to work with (American Crafts patterned paper - Metropolitan) and chose the colored cardstock accordingly.
  • The tree was made with 4 identical cut-out trees (two of which are mirror images) and each of them were scored vertically down the middle and attached to one another at corresponding sides.
  • The fence was merged to another (welded 9 of them) until the needed width was achieved, welded a strip to allow me to fold the bottom portion of the gate to adhere that to the surface.
  • Instead of tags in the pocket, for one of them, I cut out doily hearts.  It fit perfectly and was very cute!
  • Instead of using patterned paper, you can use Mary's 12x12 files (I used 12x12 eyelet) or create your own by filling the mat with a shape/pattern and cut it to give it a neat effect.  I cut 12X12 eyelet file and then cut a plain lid over that.  It gave it a "laced" look and it was backed with a colored cardstock.
  • Don't always be limited to using files the way it was made - from a file, there's many opportunities to get creative.  Most of these dimensions of the files don't matter - I sized them according to the pictures and embellishments I had.

Think outside the box, and have fun!    - Thienly

25 Responses to “"Our Family" Explosion Box by Thienly”

  1. Celeste August 4, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    All I can say is STUNNING!!!!!! I absolutely love it… thank you so much for the guide to make this fabulous gift…
    You are truely amazing.

  2. PatsyR August 4, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Not enough words to describe the love and dedication shown in this project. Thank you soooooooo much for sharing!

  3. Staci August 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    This is got to be the most beautiul project I have seen in a long time… OMGosh it is stunning!!!!!!!!!!

  4. DOREEN August 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    One word “STUNNING”

  5. Debra B. August 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Well done!! What a treasure. Thank you for all the details!!

  6. Cheryl August 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    This is just BEAUTIFUL! I normally don’t comment on items I see, but had to for this one because it is fantastic. Great job.

  7. Carmen Lucero August 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I totally love it and thinking about making one for my DH. You did an amazing job! Thanks for the directions.

    Happy cutting!

    Carmen L

  8. Cindy Johns August 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    This is so beautiful and you are so talented, Thienly!! It is such a joy to see your projects and to be inspired by your work. Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into your creations; and I’m also thankful that Mary & Leo chose you as the first designer to share projects here, otherwise some of us might have missed seeing your incredible skills.


  9. Gabrielle Rogers August 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Incredible and beautiful!!!

  10. Ruth August 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Love it!!!! The time and patience required to make this had to be something else! But then the best things don’t come about quickly! You are truly an artist!

  11. Carolina Girl August 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Wow…yes…it is stunning…I love it…thanks so much for sharing your ideas and throwing some inspiration my way!

  12. Bee August 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Thienly, my jaw dropped again! I purchased those files too a little while ago and have been dying to make one myself.
    The idea of this little tree in the middle is just pure genius! I LOVE it! And your color scheme is gorgeous. You have such an eye for details and everything is whimsical but tied together so harmoniously!
    What an inspiration! :-D A truly stunning project and one that’s sure to be cherished by your family… <3

  13. Pat Long August 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    What a beautiful keepsake!!!!! Only problem; everyone’s going to want one!

  14. KarenA August 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE what you did with this Explosion Box. You are amazingly talented and we are so lucky that you share your talents with us.
    I especially love the tree and fence, and the eyelet and … oh EVERYTHING!

  15. Hattie August 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    That is inspirational!

  16. Dawn Teague August 5, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! I so need this!!

  17. Aimee August 5, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    That is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your idea. I love it.

  18. Rie August 5, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Wow – this is amazing! Your husband must be very proud of you, but it looks delicate so I don’t think you should let him touch it because he will probably break it. I think I’ll use your idea to make a box about a great trip we took with our friends to Japan many years ago. Perhaps our next stop will be Phuket.

  19. molly August 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    That is totally awesome….great work

  20. Yolunda Jones August 8, 2010 at 11:52 am #


  21. Alicia August 12, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    Beautiful! Love it.

  22. Barb August 30, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    This is the best. Really some good thought and a great inspiration to others. Thanks.

  23. Melissa September 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Thank you for a totally beautiful box. Have wanted to do an explosion box but couldn’t find them. Needless to say I bought this svg one.

  24. Melissa {buggin2stamp} September 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can see a lot of love went into creating this amazing work of art. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Myrtle December 29, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    I am currently making one. BUT it will never be as beautiful as yours! My theme will be Birthday. I am giving it to my one of my friends. It’s my birthday gift to her. :D