Simply Nerdy Mom: Personalize Your Back-To-School Supplies Effortlessly With Cricut

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Personalize Your Back-To-School Supplies Effortlessly With Cricut

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's back to school time, and although this year is a little different, whether you are homeschooling or your kids are back in the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to personalize your child's back to school gear.

My children are doing virtual learning this year, but I didn't want to take the fun out of buying new school supplies, so I went ahead and purchased our regular supplies and went one step farther by personalizing them. I even bought and personalized a few extra products I thought would make their days easier since this is much different than they are use to.


I got each of my kids a Tervis Tumbler so they could have easy access to water while they are working, as well as notebooks, pencil cases, and a little snack tote. I personalized all of these items using my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. The Cricut Explore Air 2 makes personalizing school supplies simple, quick, and fun. My children chose the colors they wanted, and I went to town designing.


For the snack tote, tumbler, and notebook I used Cricut Design space to quickly and easily find the perfect font design for each of their name labels. Then I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out the holographic vinyl name stickers. I layered mine by putting the names onto white vinyl and hand cutting around to get the white background. There are ways to do this with your machine, but I'm still in the process of learning all that, so I just did it the easiest way I knew how. It still worked out great, I think.

For the pencil cases, I wanted to give my Neon Infusible Ink Pens a try. These pens are so cool!

I found two images that I liked in Cricut Design Space's array of available images. I chose an alien for my son, and a unicorn for my daughter. I set both images to "Draw" in design space, then I inserted a black Infusible Ink Marker into the machine. When you set your image to "Draw" rather than cut, it will use the marker or pen to draw and write on whatever material you choose.

This doesn't take any special paper at all, just simple printer paper. So I put a sheet of printer paper on the light grip mat, and went through the process of telling my machine to draw. Make sure when you do this, that you have your image set to reverse since you will be using this as an iron on.

The machine drew the outline for me, and I went in with my Neon Infusible Ink Pens and colored in each image by hand. This project is extra fun and personalized if you let your kiddos draw whatever they want, and their own drawings can be transferred to clothing, bags, and much more.


Once I was finished with the coloring, I just used my Cricut Easy Press Mini and ironed it directly onto the pencil cases. The best part is that they are even brighter once they've been ironed and they will last virtually forever. You can wash them so many times and they will remain bright and never fade.

This is really just a small sample of ideas for using Cricut products to personalize school supplies and your home school area (if that's your thing). I know we'll be using our Cricut products a lot through out the year for many projects and learning aids.

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