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Santa’s Sleigh Exploding Box

September 4, 2018

Good morning!  ONE of the aspects of scrapbooking and card making that I love is sometimes when you get carried away with something and it’s a good thing!  When I began this exploding box I was going to add the sleigh as a regular die cut…..then I had the idea to make it 3D….then I wanted to add the ornaments and the poinsettias ….  It took me a bit to figure things out but I am quite happy with the final results.

Today I am sharing how I created the 3D sleigh which you can use to decorate your Christmas projects.


To create the sleigh:

Step 1 – Die cut 6 sleighs – 2 of the base color, 2 of the accent color, and 2 of the skate part of the sleigh. You will need to use the reverse of two of the sleighs so if you are using patterned paper make sure you cut it using the opposite sides. (Mirror image.)

Step 2 – Trim the skate part off of 2 of the die cuts and adhere to the base color sleighs.

Step 3 – Trim the center part of the sleigh (the embossing shows where to cut) and adhere to the base sleighs.

Step 4 – Cut a piece of heavyweight (Sturdy) cardstock at 5 1/4 by 2 1/2.

Step 5 – Score around the long edges 1/4″ in from each side.

Step 6 – Score the shorter way at 1 1/2 from one end and 1 1/4 from the other end.



Step 7 – Fold along score lines. Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere to the two sides of sleigh to create the front, bottom and back of the sleigh.

Step 8 – Optional: Cut two pieces of paper the same color as the sides of the sleigh to fit in the front and back.

Step 9 – Cut a piece of cardstock at 2 1/2″ x 1″ and score the short side each at 1/4″. Fold at score lines and adhere to the skate part of the sleigh to stabilize the sleigh and provide a surface to glue to the lid of the exploding box. (Refer to photo below.)



Step 10 – Fill the sleigh with die cut poinsettias, miniature trees, etc.

Step 11 – Adhere to the top of an exploding box or other project.



Optional: Embellish the exploding box. I added a Winter Ornament and the words Merry Christmas from the Words 5 – Winter Wishes die set. The lid includes ModaScrap Xmas Vintage Patterned Paper.



Inside the exploding box: Another one of Els’s wonderful poinsettias and more of the Xmas Vintage Patterned Paper, cut with the 3 3/4 inch square die from the Dashing Squares die set.


Have a wonderful day



Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Cardstock – White, Red, Green, Brown, Tan

Patterned Paper

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  • Laura Gilhuly September 18, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Thank you Arlene!

  • Arlene September 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and thank you so much for the tutorial. You’ve created a beautiful topper and wonderful box. So much work and so very beautiful.

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