Personalized school supplies your kids need this year

15 personalized school supplies your kids need this year

August 18, 2020 | Contributor: Hannah, Cricut Blog Team

The new school year is nearly upon us! My mom is a teacher and we often talk about the new challenges she and her students will be facing this school year. Of course, the main concern on everyone’s mind is how to stay safe and heathy. 

One of the things my mom found effective was how personalizing your children’s belongings with a Cricut® machine can help keep them from getting mixed up with others. It’s easy, too! So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite personalization projects that are not only fun, but also functional for the back-to-school season below.

1. Water bottle

With many schools discouraging the use of water fountains a personalized water bottle is the perfect solution!

Personalized water bottles using a Cricut machine

2. Backpack

Get your kiddos excited for the new school year by getting them involved in personalizing their backpacks.

Personalized backpack using a Cricut machine

3. Pencil pouch

Keep everyone’s supplies separate with a personalized pencil pouch.

Personalized pencil pouches using a Cricut machine

4. Face mask

Help your children keep track of their mask with a simple iron-on decal of their name or favorite animal!

Personalized face masks using a Cricut machine and Cricut Iron-On

5. Mask holder

Turn a $1 earbud pouch from the dollar store into the perfect, personalized mask holder!

Personalized face mask holders with Cricut

6. Monogrammed pens

Never wonder which pen is yours again!

Monogrammed pens created with a Cricut machine

7. Lunchbox

Make grabbing the right lunch easy with a little iron-on.

Personalized lunch box for kids using a Cricut machine

8. Bookmark

Nothing like a fresh, new, and personalized bookmark to start the school year off right.

Custom made bookmark using a Cricut machine

9. Folder or binder

Add fun monograms, designs, and quotes to all of their binders, folders, and notebooks.

Personalized folders and binders using a Cricut machine

10. School-at-home cart

Get your dining room table back by giving your kids a cart to hold all of their school supplies.

Personalized school-at-home cart using a Cricut machine and vinyl

11. Clipboard

Make getting homework done anywhere easy with a fun clipboard!

Personalized clipboard using a Cricut machine

12. Personalized mask lanyard

The best way for your kids to keep their masks on them when they aren’t actively using them! Perfect for lunch or grabbing a sip of water.

Personalized mask lanyard using a Cricut machine

13. Back-to-school shirt

Is it even the first day of school if you don’t have a fun shirt that says so?

graduating class of tees using Cricut Infusible Ink

14. Phone case or calculator

Personalize their phone case or calculator to keep any accidental mix-ups from happening.

Personalized phone case design using a Cricut machine

15. Stickers for everything else!

Send a sheet of personalized print then cut stickers to school with your kids so that they can quickly and easily label anything they may get from their teacher or the school that doesn’t come home.

Back-to-school stickers with Cricut
graduating class of tees

10 DIY T-shirt and sign ideas for back-to-school

August 12, 2020 | Contributor: Paula, Cricut Blog Team

The upcoming school year looks different for so many kids. As a mom of six, five of my kids (my youngest is only 2-years old) are going back this fall. So, I know how hard it is to manage all the difficult decisions for back-to-school.

It’s important to me that my kids feel a sense of fun when it comes to planning back-to-school, especially while having to navigate this crazy year. That’s where my Cricut® machine comes in. With it, I am excited to create personalized T-shirts and signs for their first day.

Below are a few of my favorite ideas, along with T-shirts I made for my kids, to give you inspiration. There’s also an iron-on T-shirt tutorial further down if you prefer to skip there directly.

10 DIY T-shirts and signs for kids

We love this cute shirt from Our Photo Diary that can be updated for each year, or design your own in Design Space.

Our Photo Diary "Class of" T-shirt for back-to-school

This shirt from Hello Creative Family may be used for a student or teacher heading back to school.

Hello Creative Family back-to-school No Prob-llama T-Shirt

If your kids are virtually learning or homeschooling this year, here’s the perfect shirt project from Design Space®.

My Back to Home School T-shirt for back-to-school from Cricut Design Space

Here are more Back-to-School T-shirt or Back-to-School images in Design Space.

Get your kids ready to rule the school with this great shirt design below from That’s What Che Said.

That's What Che Said Ready to Rule the School T-Shirt design

Don’t skip the first day of school pictures if you are distance learning! Check out this design from Design Space to start the virtual school year.

Virtually a 7th grader T-shirt for back-to-school from Cricut Design Space

Need the perfect shirt for teachers who are headed back to a virtual classroom? Find the below design here in Design Space.

Teachers Make a Difference T-shirt for back-to-school from Cricut Design Space

Don’t forget about those first day of school signs! Here is a quick easy design. If you use removable vinyl, you can reuse the sign again and again (and in my case, again and again for my five kids) for different grades.

First Day of First Grade sign for back-to-school from Cricut Design Space

Remember all the special things from each grade using this design from Ginger Snap Crafts.

Ginger Snap Crafts First Day of Fourth Grade Sign

There are signs specifically for virtual schooling too, like this design.

Back to School-ish Distance Learning sign for back-to-school from Cricut Design Space

Iron-on T-shirt tutorial

The new school year is just around the corner. To help you get started, here are steps to making a great back-to-school shirt.

What you’ll need:

You can find the design for this shirt here in Design Space. Be sure to adjust the image to the size that will work best for your shirt. I’m making this T-shirt for a 4th grader who is sized 10/12, so I’m doing a 7″ long design.

Cricut Design Space Back-to-School Game Over T-shirt

After you have sized your design, click Make It button. Make sure that you mirror your image (as shown below) and Continue.

Cricut Design Space Canvas Back-to-School Game Over T-shirt

Select the correct material in Design Space and correspondingly, place the material onto the machine mat. Load the mat with material by pressing the flashing arrow as you gently feed the mat into the machine. Then press the flashing C to start cutting.

Cricut Design Space Back-to-School Game Over T-shirt Make It

Unload the mat from the machine and remove the material by slowly peeling the mat away from the material (rather than the material off the mat) to keep it from curling.

Weed (remove the negative from) your design and center it onto your shirt.  A good rule of thumb is to place the image 3 fingers width below the collar.

Game Over Back-to-School T-shirt made with a Cricut machine and Everyday Iron-On
Measuring from the collar to place my Game Over Back-to-School T-shirt made with a Cricut machine and Everyday Iron-On

Use the Cricut Heat Guide to find the appropriate temperature and timing to press your material. Since I’m using Everyday Iron-on on a 100% cotton shirt, I will set my EasyPress 2 at 315°F and preheat it for 5 seconds first. The preheat is important because it helps remove any moisture that might be in the shirt. Then, I will press it for 30 seconds on the front, flip the shirt over, and press for 15 seconds from the back. 

Back-to-School Game Over T-shirt designed peeling off the Cricut Everyday Iron-On backer sheet

Let the design cool. Then, remove the backer sheet to reveal your finished project.

Back-to-School Game Over T-shirt made with Cricut Everyday Iron-On

We hope these DIY ideas give you some inspiration to celebrate the first day of school. Tell us about your favorite back-to-school projects in the comments below.

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!

This Teacher Is Empowering Creative Students

March 23, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s no secret that Cricut users are some of the best people on the planet. That’s why it’s been such a joy for us to turn the spotlight on some of our talented DIYers who’ve utilized their machines for a variety of good causes. Today, meet Special Education teacher Nancy Ross from Felix A. Williams Elementary in Stuart, Florida. She saw how well her students responded to “Make It Now” designs in Cricut Design Space and decided to involve them in the process. Their enthusiasm and resulting projects have gotten an A+ from the school, community and, most importantly, the kids themselves!

Nancy Ross in her own words….

Nancy Ross Image

 

I teach Special Education to fourth and fifth graders, and their disabilities range from behavioral to academic. Most of them receive speech/language counseling and occupational therapy. This year, I got the idea of using the Cricut in the classroom in order to make incentives for positive behavior. I found sayings on “Make It Now” that I thought they would like and put them on clipboards around the room. They asked if they could personalize them, so I brought my Cricut into school and they began to learn how to use it. They had to measure items, fonts and images for placement and had to spell and use uppercase letters correctly. They began to ask if they could make items for friends and other teachers. When I replied that it all costs money, they came up with the idea of selling their handcrafted products.

 

School Project

 

With permission from the principal, we came up with a business plan, putting the “profit” towards their end-of-the-year field trip. (Most of my students could not otherwise afford this.) They took orders for customized items, and I bought the vinyl and brought in my Cricut on Fridays so they could craft. Tumbler and car decals were big hits. And, the students’ behavior has never been better. They love working on Fridays!

 

Teacher & Student

 

My advice for teachers is show your principal all the standards (math, technology and language arts, just to name a few) that you can incorporate in your lesson plans to justify using the Cricut. It built my students’ self-esteem and taught them social skills, like maintaining eye contact, handshakes for deals and money management. It also helped them think of others by making cards for shut-ins around the holidays and gifts for family members. The “Make It Now” projects have easy-to-follow instructions that help the students quickly comprehend the new technology.

See below for an article the local newspaper did on Nancy’s incredible group of students and their Cricut project!

 

Newspaper Article

 

You can also read more about her efforts here.

I have owned my Cricut for almost a year. I LOVE it! Family, friends and colleagues all think I’m a bit obsessed. Whenever they need something, they all say, “I bet Nancy can make that with her Cricut.” So far, that has included a clinic bulletin board, team t-shirts for parties and Literacy Week items. I create things using my iPad, iPhone and laptop, at home, school and while waiting almost anywhere. Facebook groups and the Cricut YouTube channel are my inspirations. They offer so many suggestions and make it so easy to do. I am a crafty person, but for so long I didn’t make anything. This awakened my spirit to start again, and I am hooked!

Nancy, your enthusiasm and passion for encouraging your students have done us a world of good. We look forward to seeing what these young DIYers create in the future!

Feeling inspired? Show us how you’ve used your Cricut for good with #CricutMade

Play Indoors with These Kids’ Crafts

shutterstock_337006904Remember the good ol’ days when your kids played outside and rode their bikes? We’re talking about last summer. We know it feels like forever ago. To pry your kids away from the TV, we’ve come up with a list of cool and interactive projects from the Kids’ Craft section on Cricut Design Space that will engage the whole family and occupy your kids for hours. You’re all about broadening their imagination and getting creative, right? Let’s play inside!