Vinyl Projects for the Classroom

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I'm back in school today!  I'm nervous and excited to meet my new kids!

I've been working away this weekend getting some vinyl projects done and here they are:

1. Vinyl Mirror
A while back I saw a cute idea on Lesson Plan SOS where the kids got to look at them selves while they sharpened their pencils. Cute! My kids don't sharpen pencils, but they do switch their pencils for sharp ones, so I thought it would be fun for them to see this mirror when they go get a new pencil.  When I thought of this, I thought it would be cute to have the mustache in the middle so that it would look like they have a mustache.  My husband and I kept looking at ourselves in the mirror today with our new mustaches!  Of course I couldn't think of a good phrase while I was cutting this out, but thought of a bunch after I had already placed the vinyl on the glass. 

2. Personalized Water Bottle
I picked up this new water bottle from the Container Store this weekend and couldn't wait to personalize it!  It was going to say Mrs. Sheehan, but I learned quickly (after the mirror) not to work with tiny print, so I went with my last name only.  

3. Reminders Board

This one is my favorite!  I got the dry erase board from Walmart for about $3 and then cut out the word Reminders with my Cricut.  This board is going to be placed on my door so that I can't forget important stuff at the end of the day.  I don't know how many times I forget to call a parent back, or that a student is supposed to be picked up instead of going home on the bus!  This is going to be a life saver.  I love that it's magnetic so I can write on it and attach notes.  I had to use my magnetic flowers that I made a few weeks ago!

Notes on Vinyl:
-The vinyl I used is from Joann's.
-I cut the vinyl with my Cricut.
-Plan on messing up.  It's going to happen and there is no avoiding it.
-Buy CLEAR transfer material with gridlines, it's worth it! My opaque material was very hard to work with because I couldn't place it exactly where I wanted it since I couldn't see through it.
-Cut one time only.  I tried cutting twice and the vinyl lifted during the second cut.
-Using text smaller than 1 inch is especially tricky.
-Don't be like me, look up a tutorial before doing it.  I went in blindly and I was trying to figure everything out as I went along.  I'm sure it would have been much easier if I had seen someone do it and explain how to do it.

I was hoping to get a couple more things done, but they will have to wait till next week. Now head over to 4th Grade Frolics and check out everyone's projects for Monday Made It!

16 comments

  1. The mirror is ADORABLE! :) I hadnt climbed onto the mustache bandwagon but I just might after seeing that! :) fyi oriental trading has mustache stickers, maybe let students put sticker mustaches on some of their photos? further evidence that i need a cricut!

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  2. I love the mustache mirror. Such a great idea. I haven't tried using vinyl with the Cricut. I don't really do well with paper and the Cricut. Ha!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. So stinking cute! Love the mirror. I also have a reminders board. Helps so much. Come check out my creations!

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  4. Great tips on working with vinyl. I just got a Cricut so I appreciate your ideas!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  5. I really want a vinyl cutting machine! Haven't taken the plunge yet. All of your projects turned out so cute! Good luck with your new class!!!

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  6. I really want a vinyl cutting machine! Haven't taken the plunge yet. All of your projects turned out so cute! Good luck with your new class!!!

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  7. So cute. I have a cricut but I'm scared to use vinyl. I think you have inspired me to try it out.

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  8. I love your mirror and everything else!! I so wish I had a cricut, it would make my life so much easier.

    I'm your newest follower!

    Heidi
    Secondgradealicious!

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  9. I keep seeing adorable vinyl projects, including yours. I so want to make some goodies, but it is making be nervous.

    Terri
    The First Grade Princess

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  10. Looks great! I'm sure the kiddos will love the mirror - hopefully not too much... Ha!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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  11. That mirror is SO CUTE.

    I love the magnets on your dry-erase though!!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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  12. You are one talented teacher! How cute is that mirror?!?!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  13. Wow, super cute--everything! Love the phrase on the mirror! :)

    -Gayla
    Teach On.

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  14. So cute. We are having a vinyl challenge over at http://www.fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com, and if we reach 100 participants we are giving away a Cricut Expression. You should go link up :) Back linking is allowed.

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