I’m coming at you today with another throw-back design! After creating my vintage typewriter project a couple of weeks ago, I thought it could be fun to do another design within the same vein. But, instead of the office, today we are taking things to the kitchen! So, gather up your cooking and crafting supplies, because it’s time to make this 3D retro toaster.
Like this design? Consider leaving a tip to show your support.
I have wanted buy myself one of those cute, retro-style toasters for a long time, but I feel like I can’t justify the expense. I mean, I already have a perfectly good toaster that works just fine—it’s just not as cute. So, why not make my own retro-style toaster?
Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- A Brad/Paper Fastener
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D retro toaster pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, and a bright blue to indicate the debossing lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Toast
2. Start by Drawing a happy little face on your toast. This is totally optional but does add an extra cute touch!
Layer your light brown toast pieces on top of your dark brown toast pieces.
Take one of the long, rectangular strips and fold along the score lines. Take the toast piece with the extra sections on the bottom, and start gluing the tabs around the sides and top edges of the toast.
Then, glue the other side of the toast on the back. Repeat with the other slice of toast.
Assembling the Top
3. Gather your large, silver piece (with two rectangular holes), and your two, large black pieces.
Fold one of the black pieces along the score lines. Use hot glue and the tabs provided to create a box shape with an open top. Repeat with the second piece.
With the top tabs folded outward, glue the two black boxes to the underside of the silver piece—lining them up with the rectangular holes.
Assembling the Front of the Toaster
4. Layer your decorative pieces together.
Note: I added the little silver pieces and the off-white arch pieces later one, but it would have been easier to do it at this point.
Take your two, blue side pieces and fold along the score lines. Attach the long tab to the side of your front toaster piece, and attach the small tabs around the curved edge. Repeat with the other side piece.
Assembling the Handle
5. Take your brad/paper fastener, and hot glue it to the inside of the small, black handle piece (sticking the ends through the hole). Fold and assemble the rest of the rectangular handle piece to form a little “box.”
Place the ends of the brad through the slit in the side of the toaster, and flare the two pieces of metal to secure it. Glue the little, black rectangle piece on top for extra stability.
Attach your off-white, decorative pieces if you haven’t already.
6. Attach the top of your toaster using the blue tabs.
Glue the back of your toaster to the blue and silver tabs provided around the perimeter.
Assemble the little setting meter, and glue it on the side, beneath the handle.
7. Attach your decorative silver pieces (if you haven’t already).
Fold the bottom section, and glue the tabs to the inside.
Insert your toast, and you are done!
I am really please with how to project came together—especially the adorable little pieces of toast! My son was enamored by this craft, and has had a fun time taking the toast out, admiring it, and putting it back in again.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my 3D retro toaster together. And don’t forget to share your super cute, finished project with me on Instagram!
*This post contains affiliate links. By clicking through my links to make a purchase, you are supporting this blog and the hard work that goes into providing free, quality designs.