Adorable Robot Bag For The Classroom
Ziplock Bag and a Cutting Machine
Yesterday I picked up my little guy from school and was informed that the classroom was requesting that we bring not only any Valentine’s Day cards for the kids, but also a decorated bag to put them in. Why did I not think of this while I was planning everything else out?! So, like always, I thumbed through Pinterest to get some inspiration and ideas of how and what to make. There were a boat load of mailboxes to make from shoe boxes and cereal boxes, and a ton of small goody bags. Since I couldn’t find anything that really grabbed my attention, I browsed through the Silhouette Design Store. I had a bunch of cute owl ideas, but my mom shut that one down quickly as it wasn’t boyish enough! lol. Then, there were all these great bag toppers for the small snack bags…hmmm…. Why not make them bigger?!
Done! I grabbed a simple bag topper that originally had an owl on it, and selected a fun Valentine’s Day robot print and cut, and Voila! Instant bag topper for a freezer bag. I love this idea, and was able to keep with my teal and red color scheme that I used for both the teachers gifts (See Post HERE) and the kids gifts. I’m all about not leaving the house to purchase new material, so the fact that I had everything needed in the house already, made this super simple and quick!
Ziplock Freezer Bag
Kraft Paper (HERE)
Multiple Color Adhesive Cardstock (HERE)
Cutting Machine (I used my Silhouette Curio HERE)
Design #73718 – Robot
Design #57964 – Bag Topper
Start by opening up your robot Design #73718 and filling him in with your desired colors and piecing him together. It’s easy if you remember to group sections as you go, so that you don’t start moving pieces without realizing it. Once he is completely colored, group him completely, and set him off to the side. We’ll resize him once we get to the next steps.
Next, open your bag topper Design #57964 , delete the owls and tree branch, and then with everything else still selected, resize so that the main piece was about 11″ wide, or the size of the bag you are using. Since we aren’t using this as a regular snack bag topper, which usually entails you to staple the bag shut, we don’t need the flap that is on the main piece. Don’t worry, this is really easy to get rid of with a few simple steps.
I used my ruler guide line to line it up with the ends of the handle. Next, use the Knife tool and drag a line from the top of the handle down past the edge of the design. This will make a very small slice. Do the same to the other side of the topper.
Then, select the top flap lines and the dotted lines, and delete them! Now, using your Line tool, create a line from the end of the handle to the edge of the design, on both sides. Select everything, except the inner circle, and press Make Compound Path. This makes sure that it will cut the entire design out nicely, in one piece.
Once we have all the design objects the right size, I like to color them in to get a better idea of what my layout will look like. So, place everything in the appropriate positions, resize your robot to your desired height, and then use your Text box to add your child’s name.
It’s now time to print and cut the robot. I copied him and posted him on a new clean page so that I don’t mess anything up.
I ended up adding a small offset to the cut so that there was a small white boarder around him. I thought he would stand out a lot better this way.
Make sure your page is set to 8.5″ x 11″ and that your registration marks are on. Since there was still room on the page, and I hate wasting white paper, I added a couple more smaller robots that I could possibly use for cards or tags. Send your design to the printer, then load it on your cutting machine to cut.
Reminder: Make sure you set your action to Line when cutting your robot out. You only want to cut the offset line.
Now, go ahead and cut out each piece of the bag topper with your adhesive cardstock and Kraft paper. Remember to cut TWO main bag topper pieces. You could have the same design on each side, but this mama ain’t got time for that!
I absolutely love the adhesive cardstock! No, seriously! I even just texted my mom that I need to order more. It’s perfect for quick projects since you don’t have to tape or glue it down. Plus, I love the texture that it has. It makes layering designs look seamless.
The last part is to attach and adhere everything together for the topper, and then carefully hot glue the two pieces onto your freezer bag.
I ended up cutting out a few hearts to add just a little bit more love to my little guy’s bag. The longest part to this whole project is just coloring the robot, but you can speed that up by picking out a Print and Cut robot instead. I used this guy because I could change the colors if I wanted to, otherwise, this project was literally done while my little guy took a quick nap! Now, he’s already for Valentine’s Day next week at school!….Well, almost. I still need to make his Valentine’s Day shirt! <3