Cricut Explore Air – Back to School Ideas

Teachers and Parents can use the Cricut Explore Air for Back to School Projects. Get great project ideas from

Cricut Explore Air is an all new Cricut product! Cricut sent me one to review for this post, and one to give away, but all opinions and crafts are 100% mine.

I have been a long time fan of Cricut Craft Machines. There are so many things you can do any time at home with the Cricut, but now it’s time for back to school with the amazing Cricut Explore Air.

The Cricut die cut machine is one of the best tools for teachers and schools, as well as parents. I’m also excited because besides giving me one to bring you lots of ideas, Cricut is also giving me a CRICUT EXPLORE AIR TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY READER!  (the giveaway has ended.)

First let me show you why you and your school have to get one of these amazing machines!

Teachers and Parents can use the Cricut Explore Air for Back to School Projects. Get great project ideas from

I have quite a few teacher friends, and my friend Becky teaches 4th grade in a predominantly Title 1 school. She asked if I would jazz up her classroom and make it a brighter place this year. I was totally on it and asked her a few questions about what she wanted.

She wasn’t quite sure, but said she calls her room “Beckmanville”, where she is the mayor and her students are the citizens. Instantly, I knew how to make her bulletin board fun and interactive for her class. Using a gingerbread man image as a template, I cut out little people, so each child could decorate it to look like him or her self. In addition, we cut out the Mayor’s office, school bus, and school house using the Cricut Design Space™ app.

Here is how great they turned out. Later in the week, the kids are going to interview each other, and next to the figures will be the results of the interviews. It’s a great way to get to know their classmates more.We made this cute bulletin board using the Cricut Explore Air and the kids decorated the citizens to look like themselves and the Teacher is the Mayor of the town for a back to school classroom such a great idea!

Every year Becky does a word wall where they list all the new vocabulary words for each subject throughout the year. We used the Cricut Explore Air to cut out the letters, making cute themed pictures to match each subject.

There are lots of Free Images to get you started when you get your Cricut Explore Air!

All images are only $.99 cents, so you just buy what you want to use, with no more cartridges to buy. There’s also a monthly subscription available to have access to all images and fonts in the extensive library.A word wall is a great way to list all the new vocabulary words you learn during the school year

Now let me show you how easy all this is to make! The online Cricut software means you can access it from any computer, or even your iPad, to create anything and everything. Just sign in, choose your images, and size them.

Fist I imported the images I wanted into the dashboard.Cricut Design Software makes it so easy to design projects then cut them for school projects, bulletin boards, or fundraiser posters! Every school should buy one for their teachers!

Next, I customize the colors so when I cut them, each piece is cut in the right color at one time. This creates less paper waste and much less work!I used my Cricut Explore air and Cricut design software to make these cute classroom helper chart holders! So cute and customized just laminate and they are ready to use year after year!

Then I hit GO, and as you can see, it sets up each cut for you step by step. Using the software is seriously fool proof!Cricut design software is easy to set up and it lets you plan out your whole project easily and cut everything step by step

Here is Becky’s sad looking classroom helper chart, and just a few of the new ones I’m making for her.Use a Cricut machine to make these cute classroom helper place holders, customized to what you need and go from drab to fab! See How by clicking or pin it for later!

You may be thinking:

I’m not a teacher, I’m a parent! How can I use the Cricut Explore Air™?

There are tons of uses for a parent to use a Cricut, like making your kids project stand out at the science fair with custom letters and pictures for tri-fold board displays. Or sucking up to the teacher, making her stuff for her room and students projects. Maybe custom labeling your kid’s water bottles, like these cute ones I made for my cousins kids.Use your Cricut machine to make these cute custom dollar store water bottles with outdoor vinyl. They are dishwasher safe!

Cricut Explore Air and the Cricut Design Studio

If you volunteer at your kid’s school on the PTA or other committees, you can make fundraiser signs, like this one I made last year. Just upload an image into the Cricut Design Studio design space, which is how I made our necklace thief.

This is a jewelry heist game, with weighted boxes filled with plastic pellets and fake jeweled rings. I purchased them from a local party store. In one box was a donated $600 pearl necklace. The boxes were sold for $25 each. After dinner, everyone opened them at the same time to see who won. It was lots of fun.Teachers and Parents can use the Cricut Explore Air for Back to School Projects. Get great project ideas from

With these great ideas, plus more on my Cricut Pinterest Board, don’t you want a Cricut Explore Air?

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32 Responses

  1. I want one so bad for my classroom!!!
  2. Anonymous says:
    This was a very informative blog, especially for a teaching wanting to know if a Cricut is a decent investment.
  3. My daughter told me about this machine. I can't believe how many different things this does!
  4. i love paper crafts! This would be an awesome tool to own!
  5. I have been looking at the Cricut for a while now. I would love to use this for our homeschool!
  6. I would love to win this and make lots of awesome crafts with my grandson.
  7. Great back to school ideas! Would love a Cricut Explore, just thinking of the tons of things I could make with it. :)
  8. I need a Cricut in my life!!!
  9. Emily Morelli says:
    I'd love to win a Cricut Explore Air to help make cards and decorations for my daughters parties and other crafts.
  10. The possibilities are endless with the Cricut (from what I've heard ;) ) I love making personalized cards and this would be such a fun tool for cards and invitations. As well as labeling everything in vinyl!
  11. I love papercrafting and this machine will take my projects to the next level!
  12. stephanie anne says:
    I hope to share this awesome accessory with my grandson's Kindergarten Class! <3 Nana!
  13. I would love to have the Cricut Explore Air to boost my crafting to the next level! I am so envious of all the projects on Pintrest that use a Cricut knowing that I am just out of luck on making some amazing things. I really need one!
  14. Would love the Air to replace my Expression that I have had forever!
  15. I'm a children's librarian - there are TONS of displays and projects I could use this for!
  16. Ramona A. says:
    I have been wanting a Cricut for like...forever! Seems like there is always something else that we NEED though so I have not gotten one yet. I want to make signs and a Cricut would make that so much easier! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win one <3
  17. This looks awesome! I'd use it to make unlimited items for our Disney vacation!
  18. I would use this to make tot school things for my daughter, decorations for parties and lots more!
  19. Would love to actually give this as a gift to my daughters PreK 4 classroom as a gift!
  20. This looks fabulous! A lot of fun right there.
  21. I would love to win the Cricut Explore Air to not only do craft projects for my blog but to also help me with tot-schooling! I would love to make fun and interactive learning games, puzzles, and other things to help my son excel! I also do life-journaling and planners, so this Cricut would help me create cute designs for my planner! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
  22. I would be so unstoppable with a Cricut! I LOVE making my own decorations for parties and holidays especially, so I think that's what I'd use it for the most. Thanks for the great giveaway!! ang
  23. This looks interesting-- how does it compare to the Silhouette machines on the market. I would like to know how the machines compare, as there are so many choices around right now!
    1. Honestly Emily, I think it's a personal preference like Jiff vs Peter Pan, but I can tell you that Cricut was the first to make this kind of machine so to me the history and integrity of the company says a lot. I considered the Silouette at one time but if it tells you anything this is my 3rd version of the Cricut I've gotten.
  24. I love all of these creative back to school ideas Kelley!! Love the Cricut's technology!
  25. I have always longed for a Cricut! I'd help with my daughter's choir and volunteer projects at her school, specifically decorating the teacher's door for teacher appreciation week.
  26. I have been wanting one of these forever! I feel like I am the last person alive without it!

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