A guru of study motivation and productivity, Ara of @studywithara shows us how to create a DIY study planner display to complete your gorgeous (and functional) dorm room decor.
Scrolling through Pinterest for dorm room ideas or watching the latest school supplies haul video on YouTube always makes me so excited for the back-to-school season. Going back to campus feels surreal after a year and a half of online learning but I feel so fortunate to attend my last year of my undergrad in person!
Dorm rooms are not exactly the largest spaces to work with. When it comes to dorm rooms or small apartment decor, every little detail counts for creating a clean, inviting, and comfy space. This DIY project is an aesthetic and functional piece that helps you keep track of your daily studies.
Popularized in South Korea, the 10 Minute Planner system ascribes to the theory that people are more productive in manageable, 10-minute segments. The study planner layout consists of four different segments:
- Hours Spent Studying
- Task List
In the timetable section, in the times that you are doing each task, each box represents 10-minute segments. As someone who has experimented with various schedule planning methods, this is one that has helped me stay on track, especially on those extra busy days!
DIY study planner display
Customize your display in Cricut Design Space Find my project in the community tab on Design Space here. Be sure to adjust the size to fit your piece of glass. You can also customize the times in the timetable to fit your needs and the color to fit your workspace. I suggest swatching small pieces of the vinyl on your glass since the color may have a different hue once applied.
Let your Cricut take care of the cutting After you customize and size your design to your liking, click the Make It button in the upper right-hand corner of your Design Space display. Make sure that you mirror your image and click continue. Follow the directions prompted on the screen, load your material, and let Cricut take care of the cutting! Save the unused vinyl for your next project!
Weed your design Next, take your weeding tool to peel away the unwanted vinyl and reveal your design. Specifically, peel off the squares from the timetable to reveal an evenly spaced grid.
Apply your transfer tape to your design Cut a piece of transfer tape approximately the size of your design with your scissors or trimmer. Use your scraper and a light amount of pressure to adhere the transfer tape to your vinyl design. Then turn the vinyl over and repeat this process.
Transfer your design to your glass Make sure your glass surface is clean (a bit of rubbing alcohol will do the trick) prior to adhering your design. Peel the backing off of your vinyl, place the vinyl side down onto the glass, and use your scraper tool to transfer the design from the transfer tape onto your frame. Work carefully while transferring the grid and numbers. If vinyl peels up with transfer tape, simply place the transfer tape and vinyl back down to the project surface, scrape again, and peel away! Repeat as necessary.
Once you’ve finished transferring your design, flip the piece of glass over to reveal your final project! You now have a gorgeous and organized study planner display, perfect for back-to-school dorm decor.
You can use dry-erase markers or wet-erase markers to write on your display. Permanent markers will also work, but just need warm soapy water or acetone to clean.
Cricut machines are the go-to technology for anyone looking to craft and create customized décor and much more in the upcoming school season. I recommend checking out other Cricut organization projects, like their bullet journaling tips, to prep your schedule and schoolwork. In the meantime, give Cricut a shout and share your back-to-school projects using the #cricutmade tag– I can’t wait to see what you create!
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