Back-to-school stickers with Cricut

How to create personalized stickers for back-to-school

August 11, 2020 | Contributor: Hannah, Cricut Blog Team

With the new and unpredictable school year fast approaching, parents are getting organized by personalizing their kid’s school supplies. Not only are stickers great for labeling the supplies you send the kids to school with, but they are also perfect for everything the teacher or school provides that may not make it home.

Sticker sheets can even be sent to school with your kiddos for teachers to keep on hand. Get the kids involved with designing and creating their own stickers. They’ll be so excited to use them once they’re done!

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Design your stickers

If you’d like to use my community project in Design Space®, find it here.

To design your stickers in Design Space:

Insert the shape or printable image of your choice and adjust to size. I made my stickers 1.5” wide.

Then, with your shape selected, change the fill to Print and select the color or pattern desired for your shape.

After you have finished designing, be sure that each element has its fill set to Print. Then, select the entire design and click Flatten.

Repeat until you’ve got all the designs you want!

You can also upload your own images into Design Space.

After I brought the images to my canvas on Design Space, I added a name by using the Text tool.

Then, I duplicated my pencil image six times and arranged them into a hexagon shape. I left that sticker blank so any name could easily be written on after it was made.

Again, don’t forget to Flatten each design!

Step 2: Decide on quantities

You can either duplicate your designs on your canvas to increase the quantities, or change the number of copies after you’ve clicked Make It. As two of my stickers are smaller than the others, I decided to duplicate my designs in order to fit the maximum number of each design onto two printable vinyl sheets (12 of each that I drew, and 15 of each that I made in Design Space).

Step 3: Print…

Once you have all your designs created and sized, it’s time to print!

Click the Make It button and then load the printable sticker paper or vinyl into your printer.

Be sure to load the material correctly according to your printer so when it’s pulled through to print, the ink doesn’t end up on the backer.

Click Send to Printer and a print setup box should pop up.

The following box will pop up.

Select your printer, toggle the Use System Dialog on, and then hit Print. Once you do, a separate print dialogue box will pop up – usually behind your Design Space window. Check all of your print settings here! This may look different depending on your device and printer setup. As an example, my window looks like the one below.

By preference, I set my paper type to “Specialty Paper, Matte” and the quality to “Best.” Now, I’m ready to print! 

Step 4: …then cut

Set your material and pressure; place your printed sheet onto a LightGrip mat; load it into your machine; and cut.

Step 5: Cut into individual sheets

Then, repeat steps 3-5 for each sheet of stickers.

Step 6: Label all the things!

School supplies, mini hand sanitizers, water bottles, and anything else that needs labeling – Let’s put a sticker on it!

34 thoughts on “How to create personalized stickers for back-to-school

    • Hi Melissa, Hannah uses her personal HP Envy 6055 Series printer which is an inkjet. If you are using Cricut Printable Vinyl, it is for use with inkjet printers. Depending on the material you use, it may or may not be compatible other types of printers.

    • Hello I’m a small business owner and I make drinks and would like to save money by making my own labels. And a friend told me about this would like to also make stickers, t shirts and etc. Could you point me in the right direction?

      • Hey Kendra! I’m a small business owner and I use my Maker for labels, car decals, totes, tshirts, signs, and some jewelry! I now add stickers to my packages when someone buy somesthing! For depending on what you are wanting to do you could do either the Maker or the Air! All are super easy and you can also find blanks/ materials/ vinyl online for cheap.

  1. I’d like to make this sticker project but when I go to this: “If you’d like to use my community project in Design Space®, find it here,” the Make It button isn’t lit up, so I can’t make it 🙁

    • Hi Daryn, please check your machine settings. Only Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore machines are able to “Print then Cut.”

    • I don’t have a printer at home. How can I save the project from the Design Space and take it to Staples or Fedex to print?

      • Hi Sophie,

        On the top right section in Design Space, there is an option to “Save” your project. Here is a bit more information on saving your project for offline use. You may then take your computer to a local printer without having to go online.

        Alternatively, you may also “Print to PDF” and then send that PDF file to a 3rd party printer – be sure to print at 100% scale!

        Hope this helps.

    • Hi Samantha, the Cricut Printable Vinyl material is not rated to be waterproof, but many have found it to do pretty well against water. Might I suggest using epoxy after decoration to seal the water bottle for complete waterproofing protection…

      • I just purchased my cricut explore air, but every time I try to “print then cut” my stickers, it just gets stuck on scanning😭 I’ve calibrated the machine and tried so many times to find answers… but nothing works. Any advice on why my cricut won’t cut out my stickers?

        • Hi Jaci,

          Is the machine giving you an error message? Could you elaborate a little on the specific messages and what the machine tries to do? If it may be a sensor issue, perhaps this article may help troubleshoot if it cannot read the marks. Or, this one may help if the sensor light is not turning on.

      • Does epoxy work on permanent vinyl also? To make a water bottle label washable? Perhaps in a dishwasher?

        • Hi Meher,

          This concept would be also applicable to permanent vinyl. However, please check with the manufacturer and described instructions of the product you use for proper application.

    • Hi Monica, Cricut Printable Vinyl not rated as waterproof, but users have found that it does pretty well. One reviewer commented, “I have run water over images printed and the ink has never run, been using this since it came out. I’ve even used it as decals for my walls.” Hannah has found using a self-adhesive laminating sheet before cutting will help too.

    • Hi Peggy, the machine aligns the cut against the black registration marks along that is printed beforehand. As you place the material straight onto the mat, it cuts as pictured as shown in your Design Space canvas.

  2. Can this also be used for sublimation? Can you use the HP envy 6055 printer in above comments for sublimation as well ?

    • Hi Brandy,

      We recommend checking with HP on whether sublimation ink is compatible with that printer.

  3. I want to make stickers but cannot make the white border around my images that are not regular shaped such as square or round. I do not want to learn another design program. Thank you. Tammy rubinsky.

    • Hello Tammy,

      Try the following tips from Hannah: Duplicate the image and increase its size, “fill” should be print – make it white. Center behind your original image and flatten. This will work for images, but not for fonts. Most people get the white borders on stickers with irregular shapes by drawing that border in a separate program.

  4. Hi, for personalized stickers, is it always the “print to cut” option? Or can you use the Joy version? Thanks!

    • Hi Andrea,

      For stickers such as the one Hannah demonstrates above, it utilizes the “print then cut” feature. If you are not printing beforehand, the Cricut Joy is able to cut custom shapes and images to create personalized stickers.

  5. Hi! I am trying to make stickers and every time I print and then go to cut, all of my fonts and images on my sticker get cut. How do I prevent them from cutting…? I just want the circle around my sticker to get cut obviously.

    • Hi Kasey,

      This usually happens because users haven’t flattened the circle (or outline) and fonts/images together. You can Flatten by dragging a selection box around the sticker once you have all of the pieces positioned as you want them. Another way is to use the Layers panel: press and hold Shift + each part of the sticker. The Layer will go slightly gray/blue to show it’s selected. Then, select Flatten. You’ll see your sticker appear as a single layer in the Layers panel, and the machine will cut the outer contour only.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Yep, you can also do the same with your own custom logo instead of the custom image.

  6. Thank you so much – this is the tutorial yet. I was having a hard time making stickers as it kept cutting all the way thru my material, but you helped solve my issue!!!

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