Personalized Back to School with Cricut

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We are just 1 week away from my kids heading Back to School and I can not wait for them to have their “outside of the home, social interaction time” back. They are not going back full time, only doing 2 days in person and the other 3 are virtual.

This Back to School season is so different than past ones. We would normally host a BTS party, spend a few full days doing our shopping for supplies and new wardrobe, and go visit their new teachers for a big open house.

This year is full of split classes, mask wearing, virtual learning, and social distancing. Instead of talking to the kids about how crappy it might be not being “normal” this year, we have decided to focus on the positives of the situation.

Our kids will build on of the energy we give off. So we decided to embrace the new normal, and make fun customized back to school supplies using the Cricut Maker.

Today I’m sharing some of the fun new things we made for Gracie using the Cricut Infusible Ink and Blanks.

2020 Back to School shirt

The first project is this Back to School shirt. Because my kids are only going to school 2 days a week, we decided to do a play on the “back to school” saying. Instead, her shirt says “BACK TO SCHOOL…ISH 2020-2021”


Cut the design out of your Infusible Ink transfer sheets. I cut the smallest arch and the words out of the same design.

I used a bunch of different patterns for the rainbow, but didn’t want to iron it on a bunch of different times. So instead I pieced it all together on the backing of the largest arch.

Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets

Once all of the arches were on the backing, I placed it and the words on the shirt. I realized that the rainbow and words were too big to be ironed on together, so I did just the rainbow first. I used my easy press to transfer the ink onto the Cricut Shirt. After the rainbow was done, I put the words below it, making sure to cover the rainbow with some parchment paper to prevent ink transfer where it’s not wanted.

Make sure once you use a piece of parchment paper on top of uncovered ink, you don’t use it again as that can cause the ink to transfer to unwanted places.

This is not only a fun photo app for the kids on their first day of school, but can be worn all throughout the school year.

Back to School Shirt Tutorial with Cricut Maker

The next project is the personalized pencil case. For this year, each kid is needing to have all their own supplies. No more sharing of glue, or crayons.

So we used a large Cricut Infusible Ink Cosmetic Bag Blank as Gracie’s pencil box.

We decided to put her name across it, so there would be no mistaking that it’s hers once she gets to school.


I cut the Infusible Ink using my Cricut Maker. I cut the excess off, and then weeded the design.

I centered it on the cosmetic bag before using the Easy Press to transfer the ink onto the cosmetic bag.

When ironing it on, I put everything in this order

Iron it on for 120 seconds at 360 if you are using the original Easy Press.

My favorite part of using Infusible Ink is the big reveal. Removing the backing and transfer paper to show the beautiful and rich color is exciting.

Revealing Infusible Ink

I love that this one is big enough to hold pencils, glue, crayons, colored pencils and more!

What ways would you use your Cricut to customize your back to school experience? I’ve created 2 other fun back to school shirts that I will share in the coming days, so make sure to come back to check them out.

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