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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Use the Cricut in the Classroom

Teachers, make the most of your Cricut machine in the classroom with these helpful tips & tricks!

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Make the most of your Cricut machine in the classroom with these helpful tips & tricks

As I've said before, the Cricut is my favorite crafting tool. It has helped me bring my ideas to life time and time again. Now that my husband is a teacher, I have been able to see just how much the Cricut is capable of doing in the classroom. Not only is it easy to use, but it can save you a ton of time and money (which is already limited)! Today I'm excited to finally share some things we've been working on, along with some tips and tricks on how you can get the most out of your Cricut machine in the classroom.

Make the most of your Cricut machine in the classroom with these helpful tips & tricks

Decorating the classroom can be a daunting task, but with the Cricut it's easier than ever to get the look you want. With a bit of cardstock or your favorite scrapbook paper, you can cut wording and borders to decorate your bulletin boards or whiteboards. If you're a room mom, you can easily decorate a classroom door. Using a theme throughout your classroom is fun (my husband has a superhero classroom), and the Cricut makes it easy to cutting lettering for motivational quotes and creating posters to hang on the walls couldn't be easier. You can even create custom name tags for your students in just a few minutes using the Cricut Pens! The possibilities are endless.

By the way, you can make a board like ours with this Taco Bulletin Board Design Space cut file! Taco images are from here.

DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board

If you're using the Cricut Explore or Maker machines, you can subscribe to Cricut Access to get instant access to over 30,000 images, fonts, and projects for endless possibilities! That subscription also gives you 50% off digital fonts, images, and cartridges in Design Space and 10% off all physical purchases on the Cricut website! If you have an older machine, you can still use your cartridges.

With these machines, you can also upload your own designs and other SVGs (or cut files), plus your own system fonts that you've downloaded to create your own custom projects in the classroom - like this DIY Magnetic Classroom Attendance & Lunch Count Board I made for my husband's classroom!

DIY Classroom Hall Passes

Not only can you decorate, but you can organize your classroom using the Cricut, too. You can use vinyl to label everything from your supply bins, to clipboards, to even labeling different areas of the classroom. You can even apply vinyl to easily label and organize book bins! You can also use vinyl and window cling to attach standards to the whiteboard so students know what to expect for the day.

These hall passes are made using plastic cones found at the dollar store! I put together a cut file and applied the vinyl to the cones. The dollar store has so many blank items that are perfect for you to customize for the classroom. Go check it out!

DIY Classroom Birthday Board

This Classroom Birthday Board is a creative way to display the student birthdays in the classroom and couldn't be easier to make! All you need is a poster board, some cardstock, glitter cardstock, and a Cricut Pen.

DIY Classroom Birthday Board

Once the pieces are cut out, all you need to do is attach everything to the poster board. We decided to laminate the board with only the title and the months on it so that we can reuse it every year. As you attach the names/dates of the student birthdays, each month will look like candles of different sizes and colors! It's also going to come in handy when my husband starts teaching his class about graphs...

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Speaking of birthdays, another way to utilize the Cricut in the classroom is to make inexpensive gifts! Holiday gifts for students, like these treat bags, don't cost a lot, and the kids love them. You can whip up custom team t-shirts, make things like this Teacher Pencil for co-workers, and more!! We have also customized shirts for my husband to wear to work, and my daughter loves taking her custom backpack and lunch box to school with her!

What other ways do you use a Cricut in the classroom? I'd love to hear your creative ideas in the comments below!

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