The box that we used for our robot is a 7 x 10 inch box, but to make the robot mailbox you can use whatever size box you want you will just have to size you body piece accordingly. Basically you just need a piece that covers most of the box. There is a small part of the top of the box to attach the head. In the image below the blue rectangle represents the box.
Open the body cut file and use the Scale window to make it the size you need. (I added an extra 1/4 inch (0.25) to the width to make the piece a little bit wider than the box)
Make sure the Lock Aspect box is checked, change the width and click Apply; the shape will adjust to the new size.
If you are making the robot as a printable, cut out a piece that will cover most of the box. Use the Valentine opening template to cut the hole in the middle.
We used the Valentine opening on the body piece as a template to draw the opening shape on the box. I cut the opening in the box a little bigger so you wouldn’t see the box through the opening.
Silhouette Tip: Since all the colored pieces aren’t very big I put pieces of all the different colored paper on the cutting mat and cut them all out at once.
Here is an up close look at the love-o-meter all put together
It is made up of a base rectangle, circles with hearts on them and the meter gauge. Looking back I could have cut circles in the base rectangle and then put the hearts inside those circles; it can be done either way.
Arms and Legs
The arms and legs are really simple. The arms and legs are just accordion folded paper, one side is attached to the box and the other side attaches to the hand or foot. The foot is made up of two pieces, the smaller piece goes on top of the big piece.
Here is the order we went in to make the face. Starting with the base piece we put the silver piece on with the two circles cut out for the eyes. The eyes are little blue circles on top of white circles. The nose is a big hexagon with a smaller hexagon with the middle cut out on top of it. Having a Silhouette cutting machine makes it easy to have the center of the nose cut out, but if you are cut this out by hand I would cut out the big and little hexagon and not worry about cutting out the middle.
Check out how we put it together:
|Robot Valentine Mailbox (Silhouette Cut File)|
What shape Valentine’s Day mailbox are you making this year?