[Tutorial + Template] Heart House Explosion Box – Paper Chaser TO

[Tutorial + Template] Heart House Explosion Box

This is another variation to an explosion box but the outside looks like a house and the inside corners are in the shape of a heart!  This template comes in PDF and SVG.  I want to try something new with this template.  It was recently brought to my attention that the SVG file might be a bit confusing for those using a dual head cutter - a cutting blade with a score wheel.  With that being said I'm going to be offering 2 versions of the SVG file, one with cut dashed lines and one with a layer of score lines you can assign to be used with your score wheel.

This project is broken down into 3 parts:

  1. The box body
  2. The roof/lid
  3. Extras

The written instructions will be divided as such and the video tutorial has the timestamps all listed in the description box.


Buy the Heart House Explosion Box Template Here

Table of Contents:


Materials Needed:


Video Tutorial:

Part 1 - 1:06  Part 2 - 12:26 Part 3 - 18:50



Written Instructions:

Print and/or cut your template onto cardstock - I used a total of 17 sheets of 8.5x11"


Part 1 - The Box Body

Step 1

Fold up piece A valley fold on red lines and mountain fold on blue lines. Repeat for all 4 pieces


Apply glue to the tabs of piece A.


Take piece B and glue to tab B on piece A.


Apply glue to second piece A and glue to next edge of piece B aligning piece to B and tab A of previous piece A.


Repeat around piece B with the rest of pieces A


Step 2

Flip base over so that tabs are facing up. 


Taking piece C, glue over the exposed tabs, starting with the centre (piece B) and the square section of pieces A.  Avoid glueing directly on the scorelines.


Fold the box closed to ensure the scorelines are creased.


Step 3

Flip the base back over and glue D1 and D2 to the corners.


Step 4

Valley fold all score lines of piece E


Spread glue on the tabs and glue the pocket closed.


Glue piece F to the front of piece E. Repeat for all 4 pockets.


Step 5

Glue pockets to the base


Step 6

Valley fold G1 and glue tabs to the back


Valley fold score lines of G2


Glue 2 G3 pieces to the sides of G2


Glue G1 to the centre of G2.  Repeat for 2 windows


Step 7

Glue windows to the outside of the box.  Glue them with the slit facing outward.


Step 8

Glue H1 to H2


Secure brad through the hole of H2


Place magnet on the back of the brad


Glue H2 to the right half of H3


Fold H3 in half and tape the corresponding magnet to the back of H3


Glue H3 to the outside of the base


Part 2 - The roof/lid

Step 9

Fold piece A along score lines.  Valley fold on red lines and mountain fold on blue lines


Glue tabs to form the lid


Step 10

Valley fold on all score lines on piece B


Spread glue on tabs along 1 side.  Attach to the triangular face of piece A


Repeat on the other side. Use your finger through the hole to secure the glue tabs



Step 11

Glue piece C to the circular cut out. Spread glue only along the outer ring.  Repeat for both sides


Step 12

Glue pieces D1 and D2 on piece E.  Keep glueing and alternating pieces for 5 sets.  Repeat on the second piece.


Step 13

Glue piece E to piece B of the roof.  Align the top edge to the tip of the roof and centre the sides.


Repeat to the other side


Step 14

Mountain fold piece F and glue to the top of the roof


Part 3 - Extras

Step 15

Construct the second layer by valley folding the tabs on piece A


Glue along tabs and attach to piece B


Glue each of the piece A to the sides of piece B


Step 16

Valley fold all score lines of piece C


Spread glue on the tabs and glue the pocket closed. 


Glue piece D to the front of piece C.  Repeat for all 4 pockets.


Step 17

Glue the pockets to the second layer


Step 18

Flip the layer over and spread glue onto the centre square


Glue to the centre of the body


Step 19

Insert body cards to larger pockets on the body and smaller, layer cards to the pockets of the second layer.


Happy Crafting!