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

Personalized Cricut face masks your kids will want to wear

August 17, 2020 | Contributor: Lauren, Cricut Blog Team

With the new school year upon us, kids are gearing up while many parents look for unique face masks to celebrate their interests and personalities. “It wasn’t until I made my 4-year-old daughter a face mask with her favorite character that she wanted to wear one,” said Lydia You, a mother of two. “Now, she’s eager to wear it, even around the house!”

You can use your Cricut® machine to personalize your child’s face mask, and all those essential back-to-school supplies. There are over 100,000 images in Design Space® to choose from, or upload your own image. Another benefit of personalization is that your kids will be able to keep better track of their own face masks, whether they’re in the classroom or at home with siblings.

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!

Why we appreciate teachers

April 30, 2020 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Teachers are educators, mentors, helpers and creators. They inspire us every day. Whether you grew up with a teacher that made a lasting impact or hear your kid's talk about how much they love their classes, teachers are an important part of our lives.

We also see their limitless creativity. From homemade classroom decor to custom crafts for students that drive positivity and learning, we remain humbled by the capacity of their imagination. There are so many teachers in the Cricut community making amazing things.

So we've dedicated this to you and creative teachers everywhere.

We want to celebrate your stories, inspire other teachers with your unique ideas and spotlight how students, and parents, can stay connected during this time by making together.

Celebrating Teacher Stories

We're always looking for ways to connect with teachers from our community. This group of teachers helped us understand the projects that mean the most when their students craft for them.

Here are other stories from the community that demonstrate how one idea can make a big difference.

A unique take on giving flowers

This unique take on giving flowers made us smile. Kaitlyn, a Kindergarten special education teacher, personalized these flowers with vinyl to stick in her students' yards to help them stay more connected. These are sure to bring smiles to their faces.

teacher flowers

Making face masks for students

Linh Hang used her Cricut to cut out face masks for her students using an alphabet pattern. We love how Linh created these not only to fulfill an important need but to be kind to her students. We love the fabric choice she chose as well. You can view the free pattern Linh used in Design Space.

student masks

A T-shirt to remember

Jean Haan wanted something to remember her Kindergarten class of 2019-2020. She had parents send student signatures so she could upload them, cut on her Cricut, and iron-on to a T-shirt. She gave us a tip that to get the best transfer on to a T-shirt, make sure kids use markers to write their names.

teacher shirt

"I love you a llama"

Amy Clark's theme for her first grade classroom this year was llamas. With everyone out of the classroom she wanted to find a way to bring the fun of her classroom theme to her students virtually. She created this "I love you a llama" sign to stay close to her kids and bring them joy.

llama sign

Mrs. Lopez as a cartoon cutout

Charina Russo-Lopez was searching for ways to stay close to her students during this time. She came up with the idea to create herself into a flat cartoon cutout. She told us she used the Print Then Cut feature on her Cricut. Her students received a cutout of Mrs. Lopez in the mail so she can be with them when they're learning at home.

cartoon teacher

Projects for teachers and for the classroom

There are thousands of projects in Design Space that you can make if you're a teacher or for your teacher. You can also make projects from scratch with inspiration you find in the world.

Quick Cards

Personalized Ideas for Teachers

T-shirts and Accessories

Great products for teachers

From paper to vinyl to cutting machines and even, scissors, there are all kinds Cricut products that are great for teachers and the classroom. Click through to see a few favorites.

Tween Birthday Party

October 28, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s that fun and frightening age where they’re not still a child and yet not old enough to be fully independent of you. But we love our “tween-ers,” and when your kid reaches this age, they totally deserve a party that celebrates their own unique style. So don’t be scared by the thought of hosting a gaggle of girls. With these totally sweet DIY birthday party projects and OMG inspirations, you’ll be ready to welcome her into tween-hood and beyond….

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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!