Back-to-school classroom organization with the Cricut Joy

6 August 2021

Patrice Jenkins– teacher, education consultant, speaker, and Cricut creator– shows off her labeling skills with three back-to-school classroom organization projects. Find out how to make your own with help from the Cricut Joy and our how-to below!

Now that summer is ending and I am gearing up for a brand-new school year, I’m thinking about items that I will need to purchase for my classroom organization projects. I love shopping at Target during back-to-school season and always go to Target’s dollar spot section.

A set of multicolored bins sits on a white store shelf, about to be purchased for use use in a back-to-school organizational project

Every teacher thinks about the top things they’d like to buy to organize their classroom– that includes personal items for each student. When I made my student back-to-school list, I knew that I wanted to incorporate lots of bright colors that would keep my students happy.

A Cricut Joy machine sits on a blue granite mat and wooden tabletop to be used in a back-to-school classroom organization project

To me, one of the most exciting parts of my summer is the new addition of my Cricut Joy. I started daydreaming about what projects I wanted to dive into, and I thought about the dollar spot items that every teacher loves to explore. I know other teachers can relate to the joy felt when you’ve prepped and personalized all the school supplies for your students, and this is extra simple to achieve with help from Cricut.

A wide array of multicolored tubs sits on a shelf, perfect for purchase to create a back-to-school classroom organization project

One distinctive quality about me is my love for classroom organization! I love teaching my students and I enjoy incorporating projects that help me create an organized classroom conducive to learning and growth. This year I plan on using my Cricut Joy to label and organize my students’ supplies– this small but mighty machine will save me from buying so many laminating sheets and slicing labels all day!

In this post, you will find how I transformed three dollar spot items into classroom organization supplies for each of my students. Let’s hop into it!

Dry erase boards, book bins, and clear vinyl folders

Tote bins and whiteboards are customized with orange vinyl labels as a back-to-school classroom organization project

I am really loving all the bright colors that I see as I go back-to-school shopping. Bright yellow, blue, green and pink hues are the latest craze for classroom decorations. Last year I taught virtually and didn’t have the opportunity to give my students the back-to-school items I usually do, so this year I am super excited to incorporate colorful dry erase boards, book bins, and folders into my back-to-school classroom organization project lineup.

Just like that, you’ll have simple yet standout personalized classroom organization supplies! I used similar designs across all my projects for continuity, but feel free to customize to suit your classroom theme or aesthetic.

Let me know which supplies you end up labeling and organizing with help from the Cricut Joy and share your creations on social using the #cricut tag. You can also check out more teacher tips and tutorials, like this how-to on creating amazing learning boards, on the Cricut blog!

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