Our ingredients are gathered, our timer is set, and my stomach is rumbling—let’s get baking! And if we are going to be cooking up some tasty treats, then we can’t forget our trusty kitchen companion. So, assemble your crafty ingredients, follow my tried and true “recipe,” and put together this 3D kitchen mixer with me today!
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I mean, how cute is this!? I have had this idea on my list for quite some time, and I am so glad that I was finally able to take the time to bring this project to life! Not only is this mixer absolutely adorable, but it also includes some interactive elements:
- The little lever slides back and forth.
- The top portion can be lifted up.
- And the bowl can be removed from the base.
Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
- Hot Glue
- A Brad (Paper Fastener) & A Bead
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- Decorative Ribbon (optional)
- 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 for your 3D kitchen mixer.
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.
Layering Your Pieces
2. Start by layering the decorative pieces together like so.
Attaching the Sliding Lever
3. On the piece that has a rectangular hole, place your brad through the slit. Then, use hot glue to attach the little, purple circle to the inside and a bead to the outside of your brad.
Assembling the Top Portion
4. Take your two wide, (purple) rectangular pieces, and fold along the score lines. These two pieces will follow the perimeter of your two rounded, front/back pieces. Use the long tabs to attach these pieces to the straight edges of either your front or back piece. Use the small tabs to attach them around the curved edges.
Note: The one sharp corner will be the edge overtop of your bowl, and the two little flaps that meet up will become your hinge, later on.
Once you have both of those pieces attached along the perimeter of one side, attach the opposite side. Then, glue on the large, rectangular, decorative strip over the top.
Assembling the Lower Portion
5. Take your rectangular piece that has only small tabs on either side, and attach it to the curved edge of one of your lower portion pieces.
Take the rectangular piece that has two longer tabs on either side and fold along the score lines. Attach it to the straight side and top of your lower portion piece.
Before adhering the opposite side, slip the “hinge” piece (on the top portion) through the long slit provided.
Then, attach the opposite side of the lower portion. If you haven’t added the last, decorative rectangle to the swoopy side, attach it now. (I often try to attach decorative pieces that will need to be curved after the backing piece has been assembled, whenever possible.)
Assembling the Base
6. Gather your three base pieces. Take the purple, rectangular stip and fold all of the tabs on one side inward, while folding the tabs on the opposite side outward. Attach the end tab to form a ring.
Add glue to the tabs going inward, and slip the circle piece inside.
Fold the large, base piece along the score lines, and use the tabs, and glue, to make a box shape.
On the circular piece, use the tabs flaring outward to attach the whole thing to the underside of the base, framing the hole.
Assembling the Padel Attachment
7. Take the pink, rectangular strip and fold all of the tabs inward. Attach the end tab to form a ring. Use the little tabs to attach the whole thing to the pink circle that has a slit in the middle.
Next, attach your two paddle mixer pieces together. Slip the end into the slit in the pink circle, and attach.
Then, glue the other pink circle to the opposite side.
Finishing the Mixer
8. Attach the paddle piece to the underside of the top portion, letting the circle jut out in front of the top portion, just a little bit.
Next, add your decorative, silver strips around the top portion of the mixer, just above the sliding lever. Attach the two pink pieces (that have a couple of rounded corners) to the front and back side of your base.
Assembling the Bowl
9. Take your two large, silver bowl pieces, and curve each of the strips. Fold the little tabs inward, and use the top to attach each piece to the one next two it. Repeat the process with the other half of the bowl.
Once those are both assembled, bring the two halves together by attaching your octagon bases on top of one another and by attaching the last two sides together.
Take your silver, rectangular strip and fold all of the tabs inward. Attach the end tab to form a ring. Use the little tabs to attach the whole thing to one of the silver circles.
Attach the other silver circle to the opposite side. Then, glue the whole thing to the bottom of the bowl.
Add any decorative ribbon or other embellishments that you’d like.
Slip the bowl into the recessed circle in your base, and your 3D kitchen mixer is complete!
As a child, I always loved to bake with my mom. I have lots of fond memories involving baking cookies, cakes, and brownies in the kitchen with her! And we made everything in her old Bosch mixer. I loved that mixer so much! I literally didn’t know how to make anything without it.
I tried to persuade my mom to give me her Bosh mixer when I got married but to no avail. So, for 9 years, I pined for a kitchen mixer of my own. After 9 Christmases passed—9 years of dropping hints—I finally decided to just tell my husband outright that that is what I wanted for Christmas. So, lo and behold, I finally got my kitchen mixer! It pays to be direct, I suppose.
I ended up going with a KitchenAid, because, let’s face it, they are much cuter than a Bosh. And I’ve been making lots and lots of treats with it in the year that I’ve had it—birthday cakes, banana bread, cookies, biscuits, and even cream puffs!
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 kitchen mixer together. And don’t forget to share your super cute finished project with me on Instagram!
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