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Even though my girls are well beyond school years doesn’t mean I am out of the school supply game! Our community, like most around the country, puts out a call for donations of backpacks and school supplies for those who may otherwise have difficulty fitting extras into their budgets.
And, what child wouldn’t love custom school supplies!?
When I was offered the opportunity to work with Cricut for this project, I knew instantly what I wanted to do! Bright, bold flowers for a little girl of course!
They were very easy to make with the help of my Cricut Maker, Everyday Iron On, and Premium Vinyl.
I designed a backpack, water bottle and pencil case, but today I will show you how I customized the backpack!
Let’s get started!
Begin by deciding on a design and colors. I had an overall idea of the design I wanted. I opened up Cricut Design Space and searched images for ones that worked with my ideas, and then customized them to my liking.
Once I was happy with my design, I clicked “make it”.
You will see, the intuitive Design Space will sort each color that needs to be cut onto a separate mat.
Make sure, when you are working with iron on vinyl and your image includes text, that you click “mirror” before continuing!
Next, follow the steps in design space to choose the type of material you are using, and that you are using the correct blade. It will prompt you each step of the way.
Next, position your iron on vinyl shiny side down onto a standard grip Cricut mat. Insert into the guides and feed it into the machine by clicking the arrow button. Next, click the Cricut button when it begins to flash and the Maker does all the work!
Next step is to weed away the negative vinyl. In other words, the vinyl that is not part of the design. Some colors of vinyl are a bit more tricky to see the cut design, however a bright light like this Bright Pad from Cricut makes it easy to see the design every time!
These are the flowers that I designed for my custom school supplies. If you have Cricut Design Space you can find the Flower Child design here and the flowers here. Feel free to use them just as they are, or customize to your liking.
I positioned each design onto the backpack and the pencil case and using my Cricut Easy Press 2, I heat-pressed each one into place at 315 degrees (the recommended heat setting for 100% polyester).
Quick Tip: When layering vinyl, the first layer should have a short press time of only about 15 seconds. Add the second layer and press for 30.
Now, how easy was that! How fun it would be to create custom school supplies for your own children heading back to school! Or for making any child feel special by donating a custom backpacked stuffed with supplies to your local community outreach program.
Let me tell you, polyester backpacks with a sheen to them are very hard to photograph! But, I am confident that this will bring a smile to any little girls face on the first day of school!
How would you customize school supplies using the Cricut Maker and Everyday Iron-On or Premium Vinyl? Or maybe you just want to jazz up some of your own home office supplies! Leave me a comment and let me know.
If you are brand new to the Cricut Maker, check out my beginner guide here!
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