How to Make a Windmill Explosive Album With Graphic 45

by PL Li

An explosive mini album hidden in a tower of windmill? Yes, just cool to have one and displayed on your shelves. Let's start now to make one using gorgeous Graphic 45 City Scapes collection.


  • Graphic 45 City Scapes 12x12 Paper Pad
  • Graphic 45 City Scapes Decorative Chipboard
  • Chipboard
  • Distress Ink
  • Punch
  • Assorted Ribbons and Trims
  • Dried Flowers
  • Paper Flowers
  • Candy Stick
  • Graphic 45 ATC Kraft Tags - Thanks
  • Graphic 45 ATC Kraft Tags - Celebrate
  • Graphic 45 ATC Ivory Tags
  • Graphic 45 ATC Tags - Black
  • Graphic 45 ATC Kraft Tags - To & From
  • Graphic 45 ATC Ivory Tags - To & From
  • Metal Pin
  • Wine Cork
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut chipboard 4pcs 4"(W)x7"(H), use connecting strips to form into tower shape.

    Step 2

    Cut paper 2pcs 5"(W)x8"(H) to cover the front and the back, left the top half inch for connecting with top part of the tower.

    Step 3

    Cut paper 2pcs 4"(W)x8(H) to cover the sides, left the top half inch for connecting as well, apply ink on the edges if desired.

    Step 4

    For the balcony, cut chipboard 1pc 5"x5", cover both sides with papers of the same size, apply ink on edges if desired.

    Step 5

    Cut 2 strips 1" and 4 strips 1/8" from papers.

    Step 6

    Adhere the narrow strips on the top and bottom of the wider one, cut out alternate strip patterns to make it like a fence, apply ink on edges.

    Step 7

    Adhere the fence onto the 5" square chipboard piece.

    Step 8

    For the upper part of the tower, cut 2pcs of chipboard 3"x3", then cut 2pcs of 4"(H)x3"(W) chipboard, cut a triangle top from 1" by the sided as shown.

    Step 9

    Step 10

    Cover the front and back using papers of 4"(W)x5"(H), trim and fold the excess, left the bottom half inch for connecting.

    Step 11

    Cover the sides with papers of 3"(W)x4"(H), left the bottom half inch for connecting.

    Step 12

    Adhere all parts together, then cut papers with the same size of the chipboard, plus one more 3"x3" to cover the insides of this upper tower.

    Step 13

    For the roof, cut chipboard 2pcs 3-1/2"(W)x2-1/2"(H) and connect with connecting strips.

    Step 14

    Ink the edges with brown colors.

    Step 15

    Cover the inside with papers 3-1/2"(W)x5"(L).

    Step 16

    Cover the top of the roof with 2"(L)x3-1/2"(W) paper, you have to put it on the tower to fix the angle.

    Step 17

    Cut 1" strips of papers with 3-1/2" width, punch or cut by scissors the edges, ink if desired.

    Step 18

    Adhere the strips on the roof until satisfied.

    Step 19

    For the explosive album, cut chipboard 4pcs 3-3/4"(W)x6-1/2"(H) and 1pc 3-3/4"x3-3/4" for album cover.

    Step 20

    Cut paper 4pcs 8"x4-3/4"(W) to cover the outside.

    Step 21

    Cover the base with 3-3/4" square paper.

    Step 22

    Cover the inside with 4pcs 3-3/4"x7" and 1pc of 3-3/4" square papers.

    Step 23

    Cut chipboard 2pcs of 1/2"(W)x12"(L), cover with paper of the same size (front and back), ink the edges if desired. Punch holes in the middle.

    Step 24

    Step 25

    Adhere a sandwich of the 12" chipboard, bamboo sticks and the 5" chipboard on each end, finish all four to form the windmill flags, beware of the directions.

    Step 26

    Cut a strip of paper 4"x1/4", adhere on one of the end of a candy stick (around 5-1/2" long).

    Step 27

    Punch holes on the top tower, put the candy stick through, close the end with another 4"x1" paper as shown.

    Step 28

    Put the windmill flags through the candy stick and adhere, cut the excess of the stick, adhere a decorative chipboard or other embellishment in the middle to secure.

    Step 29

    Hand draw a irregular shape on chipboard as platform for the tower, hand cut it out and adhere on paper and trim. After all these steps, you can start decorate your project.

    Step 30

    Love how the dried decorative flowers matched on this project.

    Step 31

    Dried wheat I think is one of the essential for windmill scene.

    Step 32

    I put ATC tags in the top tower, how cool is the colors.

    Step 33

    Wine cork as a street sign.

    Step 34

    An accordion album down here.

    Step 35

    Here a tri-fold album.

    Step 36

    Here on the left side I made a zig-zag min album.

    Step 37

    On the top part of the explosive album, I put a simple but nice flip pages mini album, love especially the chipboard tag with "Hong Kong". Hope you like it and enjoy!!!