What You Need to Personalize Your Back to School Supplies Easily with Cricut

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This year, back to school is looking a little bit different. Whether you are sending your kids to school, helping them with virtual learning, or you are homeschooling them, it’s time to start getting together all of the supplies they need to have a successful year. Our girls will start out with virtual learning and I know they are sad that they won’t be able to see their friends and teachers or walk the halls for a while, so I wanted to do something special for them. So, last weekend, I surprised them and personalized their back to school supplies with my Cricut Joy.

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personalizing back to school with cricut

supplies you need to create a personalized pencil pouch

girl holding a personalized pencil pouch

#sponsored Back to school might look a little different this year, so I surprised our girls by personalizing their back to school supplies with Cricut.

You may remember that in March, when the girls started distance learning, I personalized school supplies for them. They loved them so much, I knew I had to do it again.

I love using my Cricut Joy for projects like this. It’s the most compact of the Cricut machines and is literally my DIY best friend. This smart little cutting and writing machine is ridiculously easy to set up and use, so you’ll find endless excuses to personalize, organize, and customize every single day. Cut custom vinyl decals, make labels for your kitchen or office, bust out a custom card or a birthday banner. It’s also compatible with Cricut Smart Materials™, for super-easy, super-long cuts without a cutting mat. Just load & go! With plenty of projects that take just 15 minutes, Cricut Joy makes it possible to make something unique for you – or anyone – at a moment’s notice.

personalizing back to school with cricut

personalized school supply bin

girl reaching into her personalized storage box to pull out markers

#ad Here's what you'll need to personalize your school supplies with Cricut. It's both fun and simple (and slightly addicting)!

If you’ve been wanting a Cricut machine, now is a great time to get one! You and your kids will have the best time personalizing all of their back to school supplies. And to make it easier, I’ve created a list of everything you’ll need to personalize your back to school supplies with Cricut.

What You’ll Need to Personalize Your Back to School Supplies:

Back to School Supplies, Obviously
You can personalize just about anything including lunchboxes, water bottles, clothing, etc. We chose to personalize binders, folders, pencil pouches and school supply caddies. By the way, those school supply caddies are only $1.99, but personalizing them with Cricut makes them look like you bought them in one of those specialty stores!

A Cricut Machine
Choose from starter tool kit. I recommend checking out each machine and see which one works best for your needs. The Joy is a great starter machine and if you choose to get a bigger Cricut machine in the future, the Joy makes a great companion!

Cricut Materials
Once you have your machine, you’ll need the materials. I highly recommend the Cricut materials as they are made for their machines. I started off using iron-on (they have permanent and removable). You’ll also want transfer paper. This helps to transfer your design to your school supply easily. This was the first time I used the iron-on, for the pencil pouches. It was incredibly easy! You just create your design, mirror it and iron it on. You can also choose to use infusible ink. Unlike an iron-on transfer or vinyl application, where artwork is attached on top of a compatible material using adhesive, an Infusible Ink heat transfer becomes one with the material itself.

EasyPress or EasyPress Mini
If you choose to use the iron-on or infusible ink, you might want to consider getting either an EasyPress or an EasyPress Mini. I have the Cricut EasyPress 2 which makes the process so much easier. Combining the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron, Cricut EasyPress 2 gives you fast, effortless results that really last, even after repeated washes. I love that Cricut provides a heat guide so you know exactly what temperature and how much time you’ll need for your project.

Cricut Accessories
Lastly, you’ll need some accessories. The ones I used for these projects were scissors (to cut your materials), a weeder and a scraper. Cricut sells a starter tool kit which has everything except the scissors. Now through 8/18, you can save 30% on select machine tools.

school supplies and a folder created with cricut joy

personalized binder and folder

personalized school supplies created with cricut joy

AD: Personalizing back to school supplies with Cricut is not only easy, but it's fun too! I'm sharing a list of everything you'll need to get started.

If you’ve been wanting to get a Cricut machine, now is a great time! Now through 8/31/20, Cricut is offering free shipping when you spend $99 or more with code AUGSHIP. You can also get a Cricut Joy for as little as $179, now through 8/18. So grab your machine, your supplies and everything you’ll need to personalize your back to school supplies.

What will you personalize? Comment below and let me know!

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  1. This is a fantastic idea! I would have done this when my son was a kid. I still might do something similar with my items for when I travel.

  2. These are great ideas. I like the idea of making it easy to keep track of their stuff while making it look cool.

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  6. I have a cricut machine and I really would like to try some of these ideas for my kids. These are great.

  7. I love using my cricut! I’ve been using it a lot more lately too being home more! These are some great back to school ideas. Thanks for the fun ideas!

  8. WOW! This is so cute! I’ve been wanting a Cricut machine for a while and I think you just got me to pull the trigger!

  9. That looks so fun! And what a great way to get kids excited about back-to-school time!

  10. Quite interesting things for kids. The concept of personalizing everything is great, my son will like it.

  11. Such a great idea, instead of the normal write on it with a sharpie. I don’t have a cricut, but I have friends who do I’ll have to see if they can make me some!

  12. I love this idea. I would want to personalize everything. I really love what you did with the binder and pencil case.

  13. I love Cricut! And I love the designs you made here. There is so much potential to do all of your kids favorites for a project like this!

  14. I’ve been DYING for a cricut! This only makes me want one more, even though I’m not super crafty lol

  15. I like what you’ve done with the help of cricut. Such simple things that make all school stuff look awesome.

  16. It’s fun to do something special each year when school starts! We personalized our children’s backpacks and they are excited to go back to school on August 24th!

  17. That is an awesome machine. I love how cute you were able to make all the school supplies. I love it when kids can be creative and make things their own.

  18. Theses are so pretty, I love personalized stuff and now I want some for my kids as well! Lovely post

  19. That is freaking awesome! Back in my day, we just had TrapperKeepers to personalize our stuff. This is cool.

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  20. I love these ideas! I’ve always loved to customize my kids’ school supplies. It’s a great way for them to keep better track, and it’s super cute.

  21. YES! I love my Cricut and personalize my classroom with it. I wrote a post about why all teachers need one. I love your ideas about personalizing school supplies. So fun!