Who knew that, back in 2014, when I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time, I would end up not being able to walk passed ANY kind of cassette tape again – even seven years later… I bought this lunch box last year whilst getting some DVDs as a Christmas present, as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it and turn it into the Awesome Mix Tape.
But you see, the problem with being a collector and a crafter, AND living in a shoebox, is things get real cluttered fast, so I’ve implemented a new strategy: everything I buy must serve two purposes. Whilst this was going to be an awesome addition to my geeky decor, it needed to do more than that if it was going to take up room in our place – but then I realised that this thing literally IS a mini storage compartment.
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PACK INSIDE YOUR LUNCH BOX?
HOW ABOUT THIS BLACK PANTHER-INSPIRED BROWNIE AND BLONDIE SLICE.
I had just been given a heck-ton (yes, that is the official term) of Ooshies from a friend as well and wasn’t sure where to put my Marvel ones, so they now live in here. So, they have a home, I have a new addition to my Marvel decor, AND you guys get a new DIY project! Everyone wins 😉
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ Cassette Tape Metal Lunch Box
♡ Blue and orange vinyl
♡ Cricut machine
♡ Transfer paper
1. Flip your orange vinyl sheet over so you’re able to draw lines on the back to know where to cut. Rule one strip that is 18.7cm in width and 1.4cm in height. Cut it out and peel off the back.
This is for the bottom strip, so carefully stick it at the bottom of the lighter section of the tape design of your lunch box. If your vinyl is fairly thin like mine was, you might want to stick another piece on top of that strip, so go ahead and do that now.
2. Rule another strip of orange vinyl that is 18.7cm in width and .4cm in height. Cut that out, peel off the back, and stick that very closely above the strip you just stuck down. If you chose to double up on vinyl to make the colour more vibrant, do that now.
3. For the shorter side pieces, rule four strips that are 1.9cm in width and .4?cm in height and cut them out. Cut out double the amount if you’re doubling up, then peel off the backs and carefully stick them down on the sides of the picture. Be EXTRA careful with these pieces as they are meant to match up with each other on the other side – so keep your ruler nearby to make sure they do!
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4. Now make the top strip of orange vinyl! Ruler a strip that is 18.7cm in width and .4cm in height. Cut it out, peel it out and stick it to the top of the cassette part. Double up now if that’s what you have been doing.
5. Open up Design Space on your computer and choose which font you’ll be using for this project. I used Domestic Manners (which is free to download) because it’s free to download, allowed to use for commercial AND personal use, and it suits the whole writing-on-a-cassette-tape look. Type in “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” into the text box.
6. On the actual lunch box, the width of the writing can 14.5cm long, which you need to change to inches in Design Space, which is 5.7 inches. The height will automatically change to a little over 1cm tall, which I kept mine as. Load up your Cricut machine with blue vinyl and cut out your words.
7. Peel away the excess vinyl, then use your transfer paper to stick the blue vinyl onto the lunch box. After that, you’re done! ☺️
I couldn’t resist the urge to watch both Guardians movies for the millionth time whilst making and writing this, and now I’m even more impatient for the next one – and for the next Thor – to come out.
I NEED to know what’s going to happen with Gamora. It’s just heart breaking that [SPOILERS AHEAD] she died and now we’ve got a past version of her with zero memories of everything that Quill has done for her. Sigh, these movies are my life. 😭
Until next time,