A little robot advent

It’s coming round to that time of year wherein I look at the calendar and panic. I’ve not even started to think about Christmas presents for friends and family, let alone creating an advent calendar. And this year is particularly difficult as I’m trying to do it all whilst sleep deprived and often with a Munchkin who won’t let me put her down. So this year, I’m remaking some of the advents I created last year and thought you might want to do so too.

So here’s a slightly revised Little Mr Robot advent blog post:

A friend of mine dropped into conversation that she thought that I sketch I’d done years ago would look rather cute as an advent calendar. So I spent a little time this week playing with it to see if I could get it to work. Et voilà!! Here is the result!

I’ve modified the advent download for 2013. It’s no longer available free of charge, but like my other Advent Calendar it is now available for download for just $1. Please see the details at the end of this post for more information.

But on to the fun stuff!

For this project you’ll need:

  • 12 sheets of 220 gsm cream card
  • A printer (I used an inkjet as it seems to take the card a lot better)
  • Double sided tape or quick drying glue
  • A ruler
  • An x-acto knife or scalpel
  • Some ribbon or bakers twine if you intend to hang them up
  • Little presents

Each of these little guys ends up 6cm tall and 4.5cm wide. The head is 4.5 cm wide x 2.8 cm tall x 2.8 cm deep (the perfect size for a little present or chocolate!)

To start, print the PDF file below onto 12 sheets of A4 220 gsm card in your choice of colour (I used a lovely cream colour, though he looked quite nice on stark white too!).

Then cut out each body and head using an x-acto knife and ruler. Score along the dotted lines. I don’t have a photo of this part as I used my cutter/ plotter for this project.

Fold along the two dotted and scored lines on the body of the robot. This makes his base.

Next, fold along all the dotted and scored lines on the head piece.

Carefully place the ‘neck’ tab into the two slots on the base of the head as shown.

At this point he looks a bit like this!

Place double sided tape or glue onto the 4 box side support tabs as shown.

I found this E-Z Runner in the photo section of my local Manor and it’s my new favourite thing! It cut’s down the time of applying double sided tape substantially and is lovely and accurate. If you can get your hands on one I thoroughly recommend it.

At this point you fill his cute little head with sweet ideas!

Fold down the two large side pieces and fold up the two little support brackets.

Then fold in the small back panel and bring the top of his head over into place. Sliding the locking tab into the cut on the back panel. The two little support brackets slide into place where his antenna is.

And he’s finished! Straighten up his antenna and create his 23 little friends and you’re ready to thread them all onto a ribbon or to hook them onto a tree or wreath.

Or just to leave them as a cute robot army.

 

Normally I put the templates up on my blog for free. But this time I’ve put this template up for you to buy on Gumroad.

I have now created a bigcartel site. All my paid templates are available there. This is as I am in the process of also including physical product on the store, something that Gumroad does not support. Unfortunately Big Cartel don’t allow me to let people pay the amount they wish, so I have taken the average amount paid and rounded it down.

 

How it works: Upon providing your payment details and email address, a zip file containing the PDF files will be automatically emailed to you.

 

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Thank you for supporting next to nicx! I really hope you have as much fun putting together this advent calendar as I have had creating it.

 

The templates and all associated photographs and materials are copyright to © next to nicx and to Nicola Pravato. Please use the templates for personal use only.

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