If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I love creating paper crafts and explosion boxes. So, it should come as no surprise that I’ve combined a haunted house with an explosion box for Halloween! And I must say that I’m thrilled with this Halloween explosion box.
When you open this haunted house, you’ll be filled with a candy explosion! Not only does this make a great gift, but a great decoration for Halloween as well. Follow along with my step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make this Cricut Halloween Explosion Box.
Cricut Halloween Explosion Box
This Haunted House SVG template contains a lot of different elements so that you can customize your Halloween explosion box just the way you want it.
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To make this Cricut Halloween Explosion box, you will need:
- 12×12 inch Medium or heavy weight Cardstock/Paper – I recommend this 90lb weight variety pack which has all of the colors that I am using in this tutorial, along with a sheet of black glitter cardstock for the house trim.
- Cricut Maker or Explore Cutting Machine and your standard cutting mat.
- A glue with a fine point to it – This Bearly Art craft glue is what I am using.
- Scoring Stylus (which is what I will be using in this tutorial) or Scoring Wheel (Maker only). If your cutting machine doesn’t have the scoring feature, this scoring board and stylus is great to use.
- Double-Sided tape to attach candy to the walls.
- Foam dots to make the interactive pumpkin decoration.
- Candy to fill the inside of your Halloween explosion box.
- Haunted House SVG
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Halloween Explosion Box Step-by-Step Tutorial
Watch the full step-by-step video tutorial to learn how to make this Haunted House Halloween Explosion box with your Cricut here:
Cricut Design Space Instructions
Create a new project in Cricut Design Space and then upload the Haunted House SVG and add it to your canvas. Click on “Ungroup” to ungroup your layers.
There are several lines that need to be changed to “score”. Make sure to change the operation of these lines to score and then attach them to layer they will score on. If you need help with this part, make sure to watch the video tutorial here.
To attach the score lines, select the group that has the score lines and the layer the score lines attach to and then select “attach.” Repeat this for each group that has score lines.
Note: Do not resize this explosion box template!!
Assembling the Explosion Box (bottom part)
- Place the green curtain pieces over each of the windows on the bottom box. Before gluing these down, decide if you want any of the small ghosts floating in the window and glue those down in-between the curtain piece and the box. And then glue the curtains down, using just a little glue along the outside of the curtain piece.
- Glue down the 4 purple square pieces on top of the curtains on each of the 4 sides of your bottom box layer. Then glue the orange square to the middle of the box.
- Glue the black spider web layer on top of one of the purple squares. And then glue Happy and Halloween on top.
- Flip your box over and glue the window frames around the windows. Add the pumpkin decoration, additional ghosts and bats if you want to add these.
How to Assemble the Interactive Pumpkin
- Glue the orange pumpkin layer on top of the yellow pumpkin layer. And then glue the green stem on top of the orange pumpkin.
- Flip your pumpkin over and place small foam dots (you can also cut small pieces of foam tape) along just the outside of the pumpkin. Do not place these on the top part.
- Slide the purple pull tab into the slot on the purple pumpkin piece and then attach this to the foam dots.
- Assemble the cat by gluing the pink layer on top of the white layer. And then the black layer on top. Don’t forget to glue the black eyes on as well.
- Place the cat in the position it will go when it’s hidden under the pumpkin. Leave enough of the cat head showing to attach the pumpkin top using foam dots.
- Flip the pumpkin over and glue the purple pull piece to the cat. You only want to glue the very top part, making sure to not get any glue on the purple pumpkin. You want this to pull up and down freely.
When you attach the pumpkin to your explosion box, you want to make sure that you only glue around the outside of the pumpkin. You do not want the pull getting glued down or the cat. When you pull and push the pumpkin stem, the cat should move easily up and down.
How to Assemble the Middle Explosion Box
This middle explosion box is optional. If you don’t want to use it, you can delete all the pieces used for this in Cricut Design Space before cutting your images. But, to assemble this box, you will:
- Fold in on each of the score lines. And then glue your ghosts to the inside of the box. Gluing one ghost on each box side.
- For the lid, fold in on all of the score lines. And then attach the lid together by gluing the tab pieces to the inside of the lid sides.
- Glue the black spider web on top of the green hexagon. Then glue Boo on top and glue this design to the top of your box lid.
- Fill the box with candy and then hold the sides in while you place the lid on top.
Assembling the Explosion Box (top part)
- Fold in on all of your score lines for your box top. Then glue the tab pieces to the inside of your box sides to attach the lid.
- Place the purple square over the windows on your side piece. Before gluing this down, glue any ghosts that you want showing in-between the purple square and the house side. Glue the white spider web on top and repeat these steps with the other side piece. Fold in on the score lines that are running down the side.
- Glue the side pieces to your box lid. Line the spiderweb up with the cut outs on your box and glue the bottom front of your side piece to the front of the box lid. Repeat this for the other side as well.
- Attach the bottom roof layer. It’s easiest to glue down one side and then the other.
- Add the decorative trim to both sides of the house.
- Last, glue down the top roof layer. You can use something round (like a pen) to roll the roof pieces up if you want to add a little more dimension. Just make sure that you don’t glue those areas down. Place your glue in-between the roof cut outs.
Fold in the sides to your box and add your lid on top. You can add any other ghosts or bats to the outside of your haunted house.
Use double sided tape to attach the candy to the walls. I use 2 strips for each wall and this holds really well.
If you are giving this Halloween explosion box as a gift, you may want to use a black (or Halloween design) ribbon to tie around the box. This way the box stays closed better and doesn’t get open until it’s ready to be opened.
More Cricut Halloween Crafts You’ll Love!
If you love this Halloween Explosion Box, then make sure to check out these other fun Halloween crafts that you can make with your Cricut: