50+ Reasons to Finally Buy That Cricut You’ve Been Coveting

You know you want one.

Cricut in the Classroom

We know you’ve been eyeing a Cricut for a while now. You can do so many cool things with it, but can you really justify the investment? We can’t make that decision for you, but this list of ways to use Cricut in the classroom might finally help you make up your mind.

Ready to buy? Here are some Cricut models to consider. (This post includes Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience.)

  • Cricut Explore Air 2: This is the go-to model that die-cuts a huge variety of materials, from paper and cardstock to vinyl, foil, and even faux leather. Add-on tools allow you to do machine-generated lettering too. For most teachers, this is the one to get.
  • Cricut Maker: The biggest advantage to this model is the ability to cut much thicker materials. It also uses rotary blades to cut fabric effortlessly. (See more comparisons here.) If you’re into sewing or want the ability to cut tougher materials like wood, it might be worth the upgrade.
  • Cricut Easy Press: If you plan to make a lot of T-shirts or tote bags using iron-on vinyl, the Easy Press could be a useful add-on tool. It doesn’t do die-cutting on its own, but it promises perfect vinyl transfers time after time.

OK, let’s get on with the good stuff!

1. Welcome them.

Cricut in the classroom + Bitmoji = Teacher happiness

2. Post the date perfectly.

No worries about messy handwriting! Removable vinyl is perfect for whiteboards.

3. Personalize some pencils.

Kids are seriously going to love these.

4. Keep track of restroom visits.

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No more paper sign out sheets for me. I decided this year to make it easy and slap a dry erase dot on the door that leads to the restrooms. That way I can see from across the room (hopefully, I do have terrible eyesight 🙈) which child is currently in the restroom. I only allow one at a time, regardless of gender, so I don’t need separate sign out’s. . . . #cricutclassroom #cricutteacher #cricutteachers #cricutmade #cricut #classroomdecor #classroomsetup #classroomprocedures #classroommanagement #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #instagramteacher #instagramteachers #instateacher #instateachers #middleschoolteacher #middleschool #iteachsixth #sixthgradeteacher #teacher #school #schoolbathroom #justteacherthings #teacherlife #tftpickme #teachersfollowteachers

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So much more hygienic than a hall pass!

5. Organize your lost & found.

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Does it drive you crazy when kids bring a random crayon up to you and tell you they found it on the floor?! No more! I've had a "lost items" basket for a while, but it was quickly growing out of control with the random things kids found on our classroom floor and nobody ever looked in there for their missing things. A little vinyl and my trusty @officialcricut and now we are much more organized! Swipe to see inside each drawer. (The bookmarks weren't found but are just laminated scraps of @astrobrights) #iteachwhatsyoursuperpower #iteachthird #iteach3rd #classroomorganization #classroomorganizationhacks #classroomorganizationislife #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #cricutintheclassroom #cricutclassroom #teacherlife

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Anything that helps you manage a lost & found is totally worth it! (Find that amazing holographic adhesive vinyl here.)

6. Inspire them with lap desks.

This is how you do flexible seating!

7. Lay out the daily schedule.

The speech bubble for daily messages is an especially ingenious touch.

8. Take the lunch count.

Use Cricut in the classroom to simplify this daily chore.

9. Show off your classroom chemistry.

Creativity is one of our favorite elements!

10. Set up a supply station.

We especially love those separate bins for sharpened and unsharpened pencils. 

11. Create a clock message.

Inspire them every time they check the time.

12. Prep their table supplies.

These handy bins are a great storage option for flexible seating or group work.

13. Turn tap lights into restroom trackers.

Such an easy way to make sure that there’s only one student at a time headed to the restroom. (Grab some tap lights here.)

14. Bedizen your binder clips.

No one can steal them now!

15. Whip up adorable hall passes.

With any luck, your students might not even lose these for a week or two!

16. Dress up your desk.

So pretty … and practical!

17. Point the way for school visitors.

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#cricutteacher #cricuteverywhere #dontgetlost #teacherlife

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No more confused parents wandering the hallways.

18. Quiet your class with silent Skittles.

Positive reinforcement can work wonders.

19. Make a first day photo op.

What a precious way to capture their first-day-of-school smiles!

20. Turn building blocks into letter cubes.

So simple. So clever. Use permanent vinyl to ensure these hold up for years.

21. Help them modulate their voices.

So much easier than yelling, “Inside voices!” over and over again.

22. Use tap lights for volume control.

Tap lights help get their attention.

23. Decorate your hand sanitizer.

These would be amazing gifts for fellow teachers, right?

24. Offer them a morning greeting choice.

We love this morning classroom ritual!

25. Beautify your bookshelves.

Inspire the next generation of readers.

26. Label those precious EXPOs.

It’s oh-so satisfying to watch that transfer paper peel.

27. Make the best teacher totes.

Iron-on vinyl has endless possibilities.

28. Put together number bond plates.

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Anyone who teaches Engage NY/ Eureka Math knows that you eat, sleep, and breathe number bonds at the beginning of the year. When I saw this idea from @happyhillteacher , I knew I needed to make my own set! ⁣ ⁣ I purchased these plates for $0.59 each from @target and used @kimberlygesweinfonts and my @officialcricut to label the sections as I would a number bond. I can’t wait to use these with my students in order to make this concept more concrete! Manipulatives are the best way to teach math to our first graders ☺️⁣ ⁣ #engageny #eurekamath #numberbonds #cricutteacher #teachergram #teachersofinstagram #teachers #iteachfirst #firstgrade #math #manipulatives #teachersfollowteachers #iteach #teachersofinstagram⁣ #kgfonts #teachersoftarget #targetteachers #target ⁣

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DIY math manipulatives at bargain-basement prices? Yes, please.

29. Spruce up a staircase.

This might be the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen.

30. Adorn adorable aprons.

Your littles will look so sweet in these, and their clothes may actually stay clean.

31. Assemble letter lacing cards.

Use Cricut in the classroom to combine fine-motor-skill practice with letter recognition in a really fun way.

32. Gussy up an old globe.

Got an old globe that’s past its prime? Paint it black and add an inspirational message for a spectacular classroom decoration.

33. Organize all the things.

This is simply Teacher Organization Perfection .

34. Renovate your rolling cart.

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🛑 STOP SCROLLING 🛑 If you aren’t following @abcsinroom123 do yourself a favor and go follow her right now! She has the cutest ideas and creations for her classroom and she hasn’t even started her first year yet! I am so excited to see her classroom because I know it is going to be absolutely stunning. 😍 This is her teacher cart and everything about it makes me so happy. I know she’s going to do awesome this upcoming school year!! . . . #teacher #teachersofinstagram #3rdgradeteacher #thirdgrade #2ndgrade #secondgradeteacher #teachercart #cricut #cricutclassroom #thirdgradeteacher #silhouette #silhouettecameo #classroomdecor #silhouetteprojects #silhouetteproject #vinylproject #vinylprojects #teachercrafts #colorfulclassroom #schooldecor #classroomideas

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Teachers love these 3-tier rolling carts, and they’re even better when they’re personalized!

35. Put the focus on learning.

Let your students know what to expect from the week ahead. (Find those awesome giant googly eyes here.)

36. Lay out some line-up spots.

This will make getting into a  single file line so much easier. (Got carpet? Make die-cut numbers for carpet spots instead.)

37. Establish a reward jar.

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So. New behavior management technique needed in Room 208 STAT. This is my take on “Blurt Beans”. I’ve got more issues than “blurting” so I went with “happy beans”. Each student gets 3 at the beginning of the day. They must not lose them OR become distracted by them (two of our issues). If they do, the beans are mine for the day and they go back in the main jar. If you tattle (issue three), call out (issue four), act like a parent to someone (issue five), or put your hands on someone (issue six) you lose a bean each time. I even decided if you go a whole day without even volunteering a thought or idea ONCE (issue number seven)….adios bean. At the end of the day we take our blessed beans up to our “party jar” (that’s right….I used the “P” word) and deposit them!! The pomp and circumstance I will provide for ANYONE returning even ONE BEAN will be heard round the world. 🤞🏻 this baby works!! Thanks for the help @officialcricut ! #teachersofinstagram #teacherlife #teacherproblems #cricutintheclassroom #cricutclassroom #cricut

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Using Blurt Beans or a similar form of behavior tracking? Use Cricut in the classroom to create the cutest reward jar.

38. Fashion the most beautiful bulletin boards ever.

Whoa. These paper flowers are absolutely stunning.

39. Personalize your clipboard.

Keep track of your clipboard wherever you go. (See all the reasons your classroom needs clipboards here.)

40. Clean up your classroom in style.

Kids will clamor to use these clever cleaning tools!

41. Hang student-name street signs.

Life is a highway, so fill it with personalized signs!

42. Produce pretty plant pots.

Use your classroom plant pots to teach on the sly!

43. Pretty up your classroom stools.

Use Cricut in the classroom to reinforce positive messages every day.

44. Turn today’s date into a math lesson.

Take a few minutes each day to review important math concepts.

45. Pass out personalized bookmarks.

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Today was Lily’s family share day at school so I got to talk to her kindergarten class about CRAFTING & how I create using my @officialcricut machines! I shared projects I’ve created, things Lily’s made, photos of past parties I’ve styled and I made each student their own #diy personalized bookmark to take home. 📚 The bookmarks were such a hit! This is a great project if you’re a #roommom, for gifts, party favors, you name it! They were pretty inexpensive to make and super easy to create. The best part is you can use your Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2. 📚 Supply List: • Cricut Maker or Explore Machine. • Strong Grip Cutting Mat (purple). • Deep Cutting Blade. • Plastic Tab Dividers purchased at @walmart for $.75 a 5 pack. These were 5.5”x8.5.” • Oracal 651 Vinyl. • Transfer Tape. • Weeder. • Scraper. • Tassels purchased on @amazon. 📚 👉🏻For the Maker, set your material to Plastic Canvas, add more pressure and run your cut through twice without unloading your mat. 👉🏻For the Explore Air 2, set your custom material setting to Natural Wood Veneer, add more pressure and let it do it’s thang. 😁 ✨If you have any questions comment below. I’d love to help you create some of these fun bookmarks too! . . . #ocvintagecharm #cricut #cricutmade #cricutexploreair2 #cricutmaker #cricutexplore #cricuteverywhere #cricutlife #cricutteacher #cricutcreated #cricutlove #crafting #craftinfluencers #cricuttips #cricuttutorial #cricutproject #diycraft #teacher #maker #bookmark #cricutclassroom #reading #diykidscrafts

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These would be such a sweet (and inexpensive!) end-of-year gift.

46. Craft some class cups.

Another clever and practical gift idea for your students.

47. Decorate a class Christmas tree.

This is a unique spin on ornament crafts, and so easy too!

48. Put together paper turkeys.

Use Cricut in the classroom to die-cut pieces in advance, then help your students assemble these cuties!

49. Enlist the Grammar Police.

We’d understand if you wanted to wear this uniform every day. Just sayin’.

50. Make the prettiest teacher gifts.

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Tried my hand at paper flowers this weekend with my girls and it was so fun!!! I love how they love helping Momma craft and get just as giddy when they see what the end product is!!! * * I had been planning the shadow box gift for some time and knew what SPECIAL teacher it was for, but since my girls are just as into making stuff they wanted to create an extra special craft for her too!!! Check out that pencil vase they did 😍 Hot glue gun pros they are! 🥰!!!!* * We love you @rosalvavela!!! HAAAPPY HAAPY BIRTHDAY MY LADY!!!! 🥳🎉🛍 #cricutcrafts#cricutexploreair2#paperflowers#fortheloveofteaching#birthdaygift#craftymom#cricutmade#cricut#cricutteacher#homemadegifts#handmadecrafts#teachergifts#diycraft#diy#roses#paperroses#quilling#cricutpaperflowers

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Paper flowers and adhesive vinyl turn a basic shadow box into something so much more.

51. Fashion incredible teacher T-shirts.

There’s always room for another teacher T-shirt in your collection!

52. Make over-sized Scrabble tiles.

These would be so fun to use on the playground on a sunny afternoon.

53. Show the world your students are special.

Because we all believe the children are our future.

We’d love to see your incredible Cricut creations! Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook .

Plus, be sure to keep an eye on the WeAreTeachers Deals Facebook page, where we post deals on Cricut machines and other teacher must-haves every day.

50+ Reasons to Finally Buy That Cricut You've Been Coveting

Posted by Jill Staake

Jill Staake is a writer living in Tampa, Florida. She's spent most of her life teaching in traditional classrooms and beyond, from 8th grade English to butterfly encounters, and believes learning is a life-long process.

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