Five essentials for poolside fun

24 May 2022

As the temperature rises and the sun starts calling, prep for summer with these essentials for fun in the sun.

Kesley, our resident maker and creative extraordinaire, walks us through five projects for summer fun – a beach/pool tote, towel personalization, sunscreen bag, after pool snack bag and a poolside tumbler. 

Poolside tote 

A key staple for every summer is a tote bag to get your essentials to and from the pool. Grab a large bag that will be wide enough to hold all your necessities. In this case, we used a 13” x 13” tote that’s 4 inches wide. 

Kesley used the Summer Loading image in Design Space, tweaked it a bit to her preference and layered the different Cricut Iron-on Vinyl colors onto the bag to finalize the project. Cricut Iron-on Vinyl is optimized to work with Cricut Heat Presses and has been tested to outlast 50+ washes. 

PRO TIP: Ahead of pressing your design, lay the image onto the bag. Take a ruler and measure the sides to ensure the image is centered. 

Use the online Cricut Heat Guide to determine the length of time and temp needed per type of material. 

Sunscreen bag 

To reduce your time rummaging around your Mary Poppins pool bag, collect all your sunscreens into its own case.

For this project, think outside the box and use the Cricut Wine Bag. Grab the Sunscreen Lotion image in Design Space and personalize it however you’d like. In this case, Kesley personalized by including “SPF” on the bottle. Apply the Cricut Vinyl Iron-on, press and voila!

Post-pool snacks 

Plan ahead and curb your poolside appetite by packing some snacks for your day in the sun. For this pool side snack bag, Kesley used a Cricut Cosmetic Bag blank, Cricut Infusible Ink, and tailored her design by merging two existing images in Design Space (After School Snack and Life Is Better At The Pool). 

Beach towel 

Summertime fun is usually go-Go-GO! That means sometimes things will get left behind. Personalizing your towel will ensure your lost items will be found again. 

For this project, Kesley used the Candice font. 

PRO TIP: To make your name pop amongst the towel design, offset your name and then layer on top your name. For more tips on Offsetting, check out these frequently asked questions


For this adult-sized sippy cup, Kesley used a 20 oz tumbler (8” tall) in a color that complemented her other projects. Open up Design Space, choose this Girls Just Wanna Have Sun image and cut it out using Cricut Permanent Vinyl – which is weather and UV-resistant and works great in any environment, including outdoors. Cricut Permanent Vinyl is dishwasher friendly (tested up to 100 washes), is tear resistant and comes in 20+ colors. 

The devil is in the details 

For a hands-on walkthrough of these projects, please check out the YouTube video below, which includes tips and tricks to using Design Space when creating these fun projects. 

Happy crafting!  

#LetsMake #CricutWithMichaels #MakeItWithMichaels 

Images used in these projects