Not all kids have everything they need to go back to school. Adopt a child or a couple with your family and make these back to school kits for kids in need!
One of my favorite memories of childhood is the time of year when my mom and I would go shopping for supplies for back to school. I’m not sure what it was that got me so excited over folders, pencils and erasers, but I would look forward to this yearly venture like the way I look forward to getting happy crafty mail as an adult!
My husband and I were talking about it last week and about how there are so many families that have fallen on hard times that don’t get to enjoy this tradition. It absolutely broke our hearts. One of my favorite things about my hubby is his huge heart and he had the idea that we get backpacks and fill them with school supplies and games to donate to kids whose families can’t afford to buy school supplies. And of course I had the idea to decorate them. 🙂
ADOPT A CHILD BACK TO SCHOOL KITS
- Cutting machine (the sports design is exclusive to Cricut Design Space.
- Printable vinyl
- Vinyl in colors of your choice
- Transfer tape
- Assorted school supplies
For the unicorn backpack, select a unicorn image you like; there are several in Cricut Design Space and on etsy (where I got mine) and add text in the font of your choice. Print and cut the unicorn image using printable vinyl and allow to dry so as not to smear the image.
Cut the wording out of the vinyl colors of your choice.
For the sports backpack, the design can be found in Cricut Design Space here. Cut and print the sports balls image using printable vinyl and the wording and foam finger out of vinyl.
Note: Since these backpacks are nylon, we used vinyl but if your backpack is heavier material, you could also use iron-on vinyl and printable iron-on material.
The printable vinyl can be easily peeled off of the backing and adhered to the backpack. For the lettering and foam finger, use transfer tape to ease application.
For maximum wear, brush a couple of coats of decoupage over all of the vinyl to seal.
Fill the backpacks with school supplies… many organizations will tell you specifically what they need for back to school. We got all of the supplies as well as the backpacks from Dollar Tree.
This is a great activity to get the kiddos involved in too! They can help pick out the back to school supplies and decorate the backpacks!
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