Summer break is winding down (it causes me physical pain to even type that sentence). With school on the horizon, I’ve got a brand new papercraft that is sure to delight the students in your life. Whether you are a school teacher or have kids/grandkids heading back to school, you can put this backpack treat box to good use!
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Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- 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 pieces of the backpack treat box.
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, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Backpack
2. Start by attaching your backpack straps and your top handle to the large pink piece, using hot glue and the slits provided.
Next, fold your largest yellow piece along the score lines. Form the bottom of the backpack by glueing the tabs to the inside.
Then, attach the pink section to the three back tabs.
Assembling the Backpack Contents
3. Decorate and assemble your backpack contents. Arrange them how you’d like, and glue them in place on the front of the backpack.
Next, fold your last yellow section and attach the bottom portion to the base of your backpack so that the flap can cover the front. Don’t glue the front flap.
Attach the rest of your decorative pieces to the outside of your backpack.
4. To finish up, add a piece of velcro to the backpack flap and the front flap so that the box can be opened and closed.
Your backpack treat box is finished!
If you are going to be making a lot of these, you can totally skip most of step three! Adding all of those little school supplies inside is cute, but not 100% necessary. If you are making these as a school teacher, it might be fun just to write their name on the inside when they open the flap or include something like “Ms. Bradshaw’s 2nd Grade Class.”
I use Adobe Illustrator for all 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, check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting this backpack treat box together. And don’t forget to share your super cute finished results with me on Instagram!
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JudyAugust 2, 2022 at 6:40 am (8 months ago)
You are so artistic! I enjoy seeing all of your creations and making them. Thank you 🙏🏻
MandeeAugust 2, 2022 at 10:33 am (8 months ago)
Aww, thank you Judy!! 😊
RosieAugust 3, 2022 at 2:36 am (8 months ago)
al je creaties zijn geweldig. ik kijk alweer uit naar de volgende
MandeeAugust 3, 2022 at 10:11 am (8 months ago)
Thank you so much Rosie!!
auntie emAugust 8, 2022 at 5:29 am (8 months ago)
When I first saw this I was thinking ‘Oh how cute’. Then I scrolled down and saw the opened backpack. Whoops! Mind blown! All those cute little school and art supplies. Whole new level!
Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
MandeeAugust 8, 2022 at 10:47 am (8 months ago)
Thank you! I thought that would be a fun little “extra” surprise! Glad you liked it. 😊