Explosion boxes are great if you are looking for a unique and fun way to give a gift. You guys have loved all of my previous explosion boxes I have made, so I’m so excited to share this gingerbread house explosion box with you. It’s perfect for Christmas and is just as much fun to make as it is to give. Make sure to grab the free Gingerbread House SVG and then let’s get started.
Gingerbread House Explosion Box
If you’ve never made an explosion box before, the box doesn’t actually explode. This style of box just means that when you remove the lid, the sides of the box fall down revealing a fun surprise. But, if you do want something with a little more “pop” then you’ll want to try my pop-up box card which does offer a bit more of an explosion.
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To make this gingerbread house explosion box, you will need:
- A variety of 12×12″ cardstock. If you don’t already have cardstock on hand, this is a great variety pack to get you started and has every color you will need for this project.
- I’m also using my favorite white glitter cardstock for all of the icing parts.
- A glue with a fine point to it – This Bearly Art craft glue is what I am using.
- Cricut Maker or Explore Cutting Machine and your light grip cutting mat.
- Scoring Stylus (which is what I will be using in this tutorial with the Explore) or Scoring Wheel (Maker only). If your cutting machine doesn’t have the scoring feature, this scoring board and stylus is great to use.
- Gingerbread House SVG
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Gingerbread House Explosion Box Step-by-Step Tutorial
Watch the full step-by-step tutorial here to learn how to make this gingerbread house explosion box with your Cricut here:
Cricut Design Space Modifications
Before cutting out your gingerbread house pieces, there are some modifications needed to the SVG file in Cricut Design Space. First, upload the Gingerbread House SVG file to Cricut Design Space. For help with uploading SVG files to Cricut Design Space, you can check out my tutorial here.
Click on “Ungroup” to ungroup all of your layers. There are several groups of lines that you need to change to score lines first. To do this, click on the group of lines, open the operation menu and change the operation to “score”. Then select the group of score lines with the layer it is on top of and select “attach”.
If you don’t have a scoring tool, delete these lines instead. However, I highly recommend using a scoring tool as this will make assembling the gingerbread house much easier.
Once all of your lines have been changed to score lines and attached, click on “Make It” to cut everything out.
Assembling the Gingerbread House Box
Step 1: Fold on all of the score lines for the base of your box and then place your box with the inside up.
Step 2: Glue the 2 yellow squares on the sides with the window cut outs. And then glue the 2 frosting pieces on the other 2 sides. Make sure the drips of the frosting pieces are facing the direction of the outside of the box.
Step 3: Fold on the 3 score lines on the gift card holder and glue this to the inside of your box. Repeat this for both gift card holders.
Step 4: Glue the icing to the top of the gift card holders. And then glue on the candy pieces.
Step 5: Flip the gingerbread house over and assemble the front like the image below. Keep the top part empty because this is where the lid will go.
Assembling the Lid and Roof
Step 1: Assemble the chimney by folding on all of the score lines. And then fold the pieces the same way you do assembling a box. Glue the tab pieces in to hold it all together.
Step 2: Fold the roof piece in half on the score line and then place the tab pieces of the chimney on the inside of the roof and glue them in place.
Step 3: Assemble the box lid by folding in on all of the score lines. Then glue the tab pieces to the inside of each side to close it together. Glue a house piece to the front and back, lining the bottom up with the bottom of the lid.
Step 4: Glue the roof on top of the house sides. And then glue the tabs of the icing pieces to each side of the roof pieces.
Step 5: Glue the icing to the top of the roof. There is a cut out in the icing where you will place this over the chimney. And then add the icing to the top of the chimney.
Step 6: Add the snow to the bottom of the roof. Then assemble the wreath by laying the red layer on top of the yellow and the green on top. Glue this on the roof, sliding it under the snow. Repeat this for the other side as well.
Adding the Final Pieces
There is an additional box that you can add to the middle of your explosion box. To assemble the bow for the top, glue each circle to the middle on top of each other. Repeat this for all 4 sides.
Glue the box to the middle of the explosion box. Add in your gift cards and tape candy to the sides of your box. Fill with goodies, gifts, confetti and whatever else you want to fill the box with.
When folding up the sides, fold the gingerbread men in towards the center on the score lines. Hold the sides up while placing the lid on top.
This gingerbread house is such a fun box. You can leave the middle box out if you want more space in the middle for larger gifts. You can also switch the gift cards out with cash or notes.
When you’re done, make sure to post these in my crafting group here. I absolutely love seeing your crafts and can’t wait to see your gingerbread houses. For more box ideas, search through my box templates here.