The hipster dork factor with this lunch box set is high. Everything is reusable and eco-friendly (and DIY), which increases its hipster clout. The retro metal lunch box is just the cherry on top. Although not hipsters, my kids, ages 8 and 10, still don't mind taking a lunch box to school. However, unlike a hipster, they wouldn't be caught dead taking a Transformers or Dora lunch box to school anymore. Rather than search high and low for the perfect non-dorky lunch boxes, I bought plain metal lunch boxes and used my Cricut Explore to create custom vinyl decals.
Eco-Friendly Alpaca Lunch Box Set
I kept the color palette simple and chose colors that would compliment the metal. I die cut black, white, and yellow vinyl with my Cricut and applied them to the lunch box and thermos.
The alpaca thermos is my favorite. That little yellow alpaca makes me so happy!
I sewed a simple cloth napkin and reusable sandwich bag and applied die cut iron-on transfers that coordinated with the lunch box and thermos. Check out this blog post for a tutorial on how to make reusable vinyl lined sandwich bags. I am hopeful that they will help reduce the number of plastic bags and napkins my kids use this year.
Die cutting the Cricut iron-on transfer material was super easy. The Cricut iron-on material cut perfectly the first time and was easy to apply to the fabric. The more alpacas the merrier!
How To Apply Adhesive VinylDie cutting adhesive vinyl with the Cricut Explore is a piece of cake. Simply set the dial to the vinyl setting and follow the instructions on the screen. The machine takes care of the rest for you.
The first thing you need to do after your image is die cut is to weed out the parts of the image that you don't want to transfer to your project. Use a sharp object, such as a weeding tool, to gently remove the parts of the image you don't want. This alpaca had an itty bitty face and the weeding tool removed it without a problem.
After your image is weeded, cut a piece of transfer paper about the same size as the backing on your vinyl transfer. Peel the backing from the transfer tape and apply to your image.
Using a scraping tool, apply firm, even pressure over the entire vinyl transfer. This ensures that your entire image will lift from the backing when you peel off the transfer paper.
After you have applied the transfer paper to the vinyl, gently peel the transfer paper and vinyl off of the vinyl backing.
Place your vinyl transfer on your project and apply firm, even pressure with the scraping tool to transfer the vinyl to your project.
Next, slowly and gently peel the transfer paper off of your project. If any of the vinyl starts to lift, apply pressure over the transfer paper again.
Repeat this process with all of your vinyl pieces until your project is complete.
Apply vinyl to curved surfaces using the same technique. I had no problem adhering the yellow alpaca to the thermos.
A big thanks to the folks at Cricut for generously giving me a new Cricut Explore with which to make these fun goodies. For more information on the new Cricut Explore, visit their website HERE.
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