DIY School Decal and Personalized Labels
Back to School this year has been such a confusing time for so many of us. Teachers and Parents are both looking for ways to continue with school safely, whether it's at home or at school. I usually spend my summer preparing for the following school year. This summer I struggled with knowing how to prepare because I didn't know where I would be teaching. I was intentional about creating items that could be used for virtual learning or at school.
I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to create these fun sticker decals. I recently learned that Cricut allows you to print then cut. The Cricut image library contains Printable images which are pre-designed with cute images and decorative patterns. They come onto the design screen ready to Print Then Cut. They show up in the Layers panel as a single layer and have a Print linetype, indicating the image will be printed on your home printer, then cut on the Cricut Explore or Maker machine. If you've followed me for a while, then you know my classroom is Flamingo themed and I love staying true to my classroom design. In Cricut Design Space I searched "printable flamingo" and found a design I felt like was cute and would stand out. Then I added a text layer over top of the image and found numbers that were compatible with the Cricut Marker. I am self conscious about my handwriting, so I am thankful whenever I can get out of writing something!
Materials you will need:
Printer (separate from Cricut supplies)
I am new to Cricut products and was nervous about what to do next but Design Space walks you through the entire process. I was prompted to send my design to the printer. I inserted my Cricut Sticker Paper into my printer tray and watched magic happen! My design was brought to life! Then, I was prompted to place my Cricut Marker into the selected opening located inside my explore air. My Cricut then beautifully wrote out each number for me on my sticker! The last step was to remove the marker and let the blade accessory do the cutting for me! Within a minute the Cricut had perfectly cut out my design for me- saving me so much time and frustration!
Additional Notes: Having the Grip Matt seemed to be really helpful because the sticker paper is rather slippery and I worry that if I did not have it, the paper would have slid around too much or not have cut properly. Since I am still learning about my Cricut Products, I reference the Cricut Youtube Channel frequently for ideas and help before starting a project. Their website also has step by step instructions for those who would rather see it written out!
I really liked this homemade craft because I could use it for so many things:
-Floor decals to keep students 6 feet apart
-Student desk labels
-Labels for student's individual personal supplies
I thought this could also make for a fun educational game for primary students learning basic addition and subtraction facts!
Think of it like Hopscotch- you can place the decals on the floor and have them draw a fact card, for example 6-2. Students would go to the 6, jump two down and get their answer of 4! It would help them practice basic math fluency while also getting some energy out and having fun!