It’s that time of year when all the Cub Scouts get ready to participate in the Pinewood Derby. Our Girl Scouts take this time to also get in on the fun and we run a Powder Puff Pinewood Derby. This year, because I thought this would be an event my husband would like to help with, I volunteered to run our Powder Puff Derby for our Girl Scout Service Unit.
Now, I know about nothing about Pinewood cars. But, I sure did have fun creating the awards for our event 😉
First up, our “Best of” awards.
Part of the purpose of this event is for the girl’s to have fun making their cars, get creative, learn how to use simple tools, and have some friendly competition. But, rather than giving out that dreaded “participant award” (they do get a badge for participating), we make it fun by having a lot of “best of” awards to present during the races.
Another part of the process? Saving $$. So we try and be creative and come up with fun homemade awards that don’t break the bank. And in this case, I also wanted something as simple as possible to replicate since there are a lot of these awards.
As I thought about the racing theme, the idea of a “pit pass” came to mind and I thought this would be a fun theme for our “Best of” awards.
I designed the awards in my new favorite and FREE software, Canva.
I then downloaded to my computer each award separately after designing each one in Canva. I downloaded them in the PNG format offered by Canva.
Now it’s time to set them up to be cut and laminated.
First off, I opened a blank work space in Silhouette Designer.
Set my work space size to my current printer size (8 1/2 X 11).
Added registration marks for the print and cut.
I opened two files at a time and moved them into my work space.
I re-sized the files to 5 X 3.5.
Then it was time to set up my cut lines using the internal offset and the offset.
First, I set up an internal offset so I would get a clean cut of my design right up to the edge so there would be no white edges.
Next, I set up a regular offset, and then I did an offset of that.
Those steps gave me 3 cut lines.
Set the design to just cut the outside line and the inside line (leave the middle one to no cut).
Once your design is exactly how you want it, print it.
Now you are ready to cut your design for its first cut…..again, just the outside and inside lines this time.
Once you have it cut, peel the middle layer out so all you are left with is the outer paper and the design itself.
Now here is where it can get tricky. You are going to put all of this inside your lamination pouch but you have to do your best to line it up correctly.
A trick I figured out is to open my lamination pouch and then lay my mat facing down on it and line up the paper. Then I carefully peel away the mat, leaving the paper on the lamination pouch and for the most part, it will not need a lot of manipulating if I did this carefully.
Run your design through your laminator.
Then you put your laminated design back on your mat (make sure to line your paper edge up with the markings on the mat, not the edge of the lamination).
Set your middle line to cut and the others to no cut.
Send it to the Silhouette again. I found that a blade of 3, speed of 2, and thickness of 37 worked pretty good with the laminated cardstock.
Voila! Peel your design away and now you have a perfectly laminated “whatever”.
Awards for our “Place” Finishers
Of course, we had to have awards for our “place” finishers so keeping with the race theme, we used multi-colored cones. I used Oracal 651 in white on each one to identify which place and level of Girl Scout each award was for.
Top Finishers and Adult Car Awards
We also have an adult division so naturally, we had to have awards for them too. I kept this award simple and again, cost efficient. I took our same “Pit Pass” theme and made a larger 8×10 version in Canva. I purchased some inexpensive frames from Hobby Lobby and voila, adult division awards.
And, thanks to a shipping mishap where I did not get enough of the cones I needed, I used this same idea for our Top 3 finishers across all divisions.
Now I guess I ought to get busy figuring out how to actually run the race….oh wait, that’s what my hubby is for 😉