Happy Back-to-School Time! I don’t know about you, but I still get excited about all of the shiny new school/office supplies displayed in the stores. Sharing this excitement with the grandkids makes it even more fun!
Of course, the teachers’ ask that the kids put their names on everything, so what better way to do that than with your Cricut? (And use it as another excuse to surf Pinterest!) 🙂
**Don’t forget to check out some reference information further down this post!**
Ideas for back-to-school projects
Backpacks & Insulated Lunch Boxes
Found on Silhouette School.
There are some excellent tutorials over at the Silhouette School blog (even if you use a Cricut). And here’s a very useful Cricut video: How to Monogram a Backpack, Lunch Kit and Binder from Cuttin Corners Vinyl, Nederland, Tx.
Found on Rockin’ Strawberries.
There are a TON of ways to decorate your notebooks. These are particularly cute using decorative scrapbook paper.
Pencil & Craft Supply Box
Found on Etsy.
Check out DearDoodlezDesigns to see all of her wonderful designs! If Pinterest doesn’t have enough ideas for you, it never hurts to go shopping! 😉
1st Day of School Sign
Found on The Shady Lane.
Make your own 1st Day of School Sign using a chalkboard or a white board.
Ideas for Teacher Gifts
This list could include tote bags, banners, door signs, labels, etc. etc. etc. but here’s a few to start with:
Personalized Pencil Teacher Gift
Found on Artsy-Fartsy Mama.
Found on Pinterest – uploaded by user.
Found on Silhouette School.
Where can I get SVG files?
If you’re looking for pre-made designs (besides what’s already available in Design Space), you could use SVG files others have made. Here are a few of my favorite SVG websites. Some are free & some you have to purchase. Most are for personal use only but a commercial license may be available. Read their guidelines carefully!
Not sure how to upload your SVG files into Design Space? Check this out! WHAT ARE SVG FILES? & HOW CAN I GET THEM INTO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE?
Which vinyl do I use where?
Expressions Vinyl has some excellent tutorials, like this video: Which Vinyl Should I Use? Determining What Vinyl to use Where
Trying to choose which type of vinyl to use on a mug, glass, or cup? Sign Warehouse shared their expertise in this article: Sign Vinyl on Mugs, Glasses & Cups
Check out GOT A NEW CRICUT? NOW WHAT? 1ST REFERENCE LIST to see some of my other favorite video tutorials.
Want more ideas? Join a Cricut Facebook group, where people help people with ideas and suggestions and answer “newbie” questions (for people like me). It’s another resource you may want to consider if you’re just starting out. Even if you’re still intimidated by your Cricut, use my motto, “Do it scared!” and just try! 🙂