My daughter is definitely a tween. She wants fewer characters on her school supplies and more of her own individual style. Right now one of her favorite things is Polaroid pictures. So for school this year, we decided to create a place she can express her individuality with photos of her and her friends. This is the perfect project for someone’s who school requires clear backpacks!
Instant Photo Frame Backpack
You will need:
- a clear vinyl backpack
- clear vinyl pencil pouches (you will need this even if you are just doing the backpack)
- Black and Blue Cricut Premium Vinyl
- a Cricut
- scissors or a blade
When selecting a backpack for this project, you want to pick something that is made of clear vinyl and opens up as wide as possible. You need to be able to use your EasyPress or iron on the inside of the backpack, so this is really important.
You will also want to make sure to use Cricut’s Premium vinyl as it is permanent and going to be way more durable for this type of project.
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All of these cute vinyl frames came from Cricut’s library of images, so this project was very simple to pull together in Design Space. First, open up a new canvas in Design space. Then add your frame images by searching Cricut’s library of images on the left-hand side of the screen (It is the little button that says images). I ended up using a present and an ornament. Type frame in the top right corner search box and select the frames you want to use.
Cricut Images I Used:
- Scalloped Frame(#M8B262CA)
- Flower Frame(#M849B1A2)
- Note Card(#M7EFA773)
- Checkered Photo Frame(#M7EC2E59)
- Scalloped Frame(#M7E73271)
- Photo Frame(#M7E71C0F)
You can use any frame you want or use the ones I used above.
Resize your frames by selecting them and then typing the size in the top bar. You want your horizontal frames to be three inches wide and your vertical frames to be three inches tall or you can use my cut files found here.
Set your machine to vinyl and cut out your frames in black and blue vinyl.
Weed out the extra vinyl, leaving just the vinyl frames.
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Peel the vinyl frames off the backing sheet and apply them to your backpack. If you used simple enough designs, you shouldn’t need to use transfer tape. You can just peel and stick.
Use scissors or a blade to cut apart a clear binder pouch.
Cut the binder pouch up into squares, making sure you have a square big enough to cover the entire back of each one of your vinyl frames.
Flip your backpack as inside out as possible. Place a vinyl piece behind each frame. Use your EasyPress or iron to iron the sides and bottom of the vinyl piece to the backpack. It should only need a second or two to melt together. This will create the pocket that you can use to interchange your Instant Photos.
Repeat the process with your binder pouch or any other place you want to add interchangeable frames.
Slip your favorite Polaroids into your frames and you have a darling and personalized backpack.
What pictures would you use to customize your backpack?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
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