DIY Super Star Backpack and Lunchbox

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Head back to school in style with this DIY Super Star Backpack and Lunchbox set!

DIY Super Star Backpack and Lunchbox

The end of summer is on the horizon, which means it's getting to be time to start thinking about school supplies. Every kid wants something original to take to class, and that is easy to do when you can easily customize your school supplies with the Cricut! This DIY Super Star Backpack and Lunchbox was a lot of fun to make, and I hope it inspires you to customize your school supplies this year, too!

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To make your own Super Star Backpack and Lunchbox, you'll need:

*Make sure that the backpack/lunchbox you choose has a fabric exterior.

Cricut Super Star Design Space Project

Open the Super Star Project in Design Space. Select "Customize" to make adjustments to sizes, colors, or to make more stars to fit your backpack and lunchbox. When finished, click the green "Make It" button in the top right corner.

Cricut Design Space Mirror Mat

Make sure to mirror the images before cutting the iron-on vinyl! If you don't, your design will be backwards when you put it on the backpack and lunchbox. To do this, select one of the mat thumbnails before cutting, and click the "Mirror" toggle to reverse the image.

Cricut Design Space Material Settings

Change the material setting by clicking the dropdown menu and select the type of iron-on vinyl you are using to make sure to get the perfect cut the first time.

Cricut machine with vinyl on mat

Lay the vinyl face-down on the mat, load it into the machine, and then click the "Go" button to start cutting.

Cricut Iron-On Vinyl comes with the StrongBond Guarantee - if you aren't completely satisfied with the iron-on vinyl on your projects, Cricut will replace it for free. Seriously! This means that you don't have to worry about your back to school projects not making it through the bus rides, walks to school in all kinds of weather, tumbling around in the classroom, or pretty much anything you can imagine!

Weeding Vinyl

"Weed" away the excess vinyl by removing all of the parts that don't belong in the design. I usually start peeling away at the outer edges and then work my way around the design. Then I use weeding tools to remove the smaller pieces of the design.

Cricut EasyPress 2

Plug in the EasyPress 2 and power it on. Each kind of iron-on vinyl has a different heat and time setting, so be sure to check the recommended EasyPress settings before getting started. Adjust the heat and time setting to backpack/lunchbox material and vinyl specifications. Once the light turns green and the machine beeps, it's ready to use.

Lunchbox with Black Vinyl

When the EasyPress is up to temperature, open up the lunchbox and lay the front flap down on an EasyPress Mat. Center the black Everyday Iron-On Vinyl on the lunchbox, with the clear carrier sheet facing up. Lay down an Iron-On Protective Sheet to protect the fabric and set the EasyPress down on top. Press the green "C" button and hold firmly in place while the timer counts down. Peel the carrier sheet away while the vinyl is still warm (NOT hot).

Lunchbox Gold Vinyl

When layering vinyl, it's important to protect the vinyl that's already been pressed. Place the star cut out of Foil Iron-On over the black star, and cover with the Iron-On Protective Sheet. Adjust the EasyPress 2 settings for the foil vinyl, and then press the vinyl into place the same way. Remove the carrier sheet while the vinyl is cool.

Super Star Customized Lunchbox

Wasn't that easy?! Kids of any age will get excited for lunch with this shiny (literally) new lunchbox!

Plain backpack with Cricut EasyPress Mat

Set the EasyPress for Everyday Iron-On Vinyl. Put the EasyPress Mat inside the front pocket of the backpack.

Backpack with Black Vinyl and Cricut EasyPress Mat

Center the black Everyday Iron-On Vinyl on the front pocket of the backpack, with the clear carrier sheet facing up. Place the Iron-On Protective Sheet on top to protect the fabric and set the EasyPress down on top. Press the green "C" button and hold firmly in place while the timer counts down. Peel the carrier sheet away while the vinyl is still warm (NOT hot).

Next, put the EasyPress Mat inside the backpack so that you can press the smaller black stars on the top portion of the backpack. Lay the vinyl down, and press it the same way that you did on the pocket (and the lunchbox).

Backpack with Gold Vinyl

Place the stars cut out of Foil Iron-On over the black stars, and cover with the Iron-On Protective Sheet to protect the black vinyl and fabric. Adjust the EasyPress 2 settings for the foil vinyl, and then press the vinyl into place the same way on both the front pocket and the top section of the backpack. Remove the carrier sheets when the vinyl is cool.

Super Star Customized Backpack

We are loving how this backpack and lunchbox set turned out, and I just know that they are going to be the STAR of the school this year. Customizing school supplies with vinyl is really easy to do and is so much fun since the possibilities are endless!

This DIY Tie Dye Backpack is another fun way to customize a backpack:
DIY Tie-Dye Backpack

How will you customize your backpack or lunchbox?

1 comment

  1. These are sooooo cute! I love the idea of personalizing your backpack like this, it never even occurred to me.

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