It’s time for school to start again, which means shopping for school supplies. But your kids don’t want plain, straight-from-the-store supplies, right? That means it’s time to get crafty and start personalizing. Here’s how to personalize a plain pencil box and turn it into a cool Batman pencil box using vinyl.
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My son LOVES Batman, but we couldn’t find a Batman pencil box anywhere. Plus, our school requires that the pencil boxes be plastic, which limited our search even more. I picked up a plain black box from Target and got to work with my Silhouette.
First, I searched Google to find a Batman symbol. I found this one from Deviant Art that would work perfectly.
I pulled it into Silhouette Studio and used the trace tool to trace the symbol to get it ready to cut. I used the low-pass filter to trace the symbol, then deleted the original file from my mat so I can see my cut lines more clearly.
I resized the symbol to fit the pencil box, then typed in my kid’s name to personalize it even further. I used BadaBoom font for the lettering.
Then, I pulled the name on top of the symbol and made sure it was centered. Now, we’re ready to cut. I don’t like the preset vinyl setting in Silhouette Studio, so I created my own custom setting when I’m cutting vinyl. I set my ratchet blade at 2, speed at 8 cm/s, and thickness at 6.
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After you have cut your design, it’s time to weed out the unwanted pieces. I use a sewing needle to pull out the extra pieces.
Then, cut a piece of transfer paper the size of your design, pull off the backing, and place it on top of your vinyl. I recommend using a credit card to smooth the transfer paper over the vinyl to make sure it sticks.
Next, pull the backing off your vinyl, line up the design on the pencil box, and grab your credit card again to smooth the vinyl onto the pencil box. Once you’re sure it’s good and stuck, just pull the transfer paper off and admire your work! And that’s how you personalize a plain pencil box!
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