18 Vinyl Cutter Projects for Your Classroom

Vinyl cutters are versatile tools that can bring creativity and fun into the classroom. They’re the perfect tool to inspire your students’ imagination, whether they’re in elementary or high school. You can use these cutters to craft everything from functional pieces, like labels for boxes, shelves, and cubbies, to custom gifts students can bring home during the holidays, like ornaments or personalized bookmarks. 

Of course, not all projects are suitable for every age group. So, we’ve divided these 18 vinyl cutter projects into elementary, middle, and high school projects. 

Elementary School Projects

Vinyl cutters are an excellent tool for various elementary school projects, including:

  1. Name tags: Have your students pick from a select range of designs, create a personalized name tag, and then cut it out for their desks or cubbies. This can be a fun way to let them customize their desks or cubbies. 
  2. Stickers: Elementary school kids often love stickers, so this can be an excellent project for your students. Let them choose from simple shapes and designs they may like. The stickers you cut out can be great treats for a job well done, whether it’s a finished book or a high score on a test. 
  3. Bookmarks: Reading can seem like a drag for elementary-age students, but bookmarks can be a good motivator. Create decorative vinyl bookmarks with your students’ favorite characters or designs and use them to motivate your students to read (e.g. “Tell me how far your character jumped in your book after reading!)
  4. Labels: Keep things organized with custom labels for bins, drawers, and shelves. Elementary classrooms can get chaotic, but having a labeled place for everything can help. 
  5. Holiday decorations: When the holidays roll around, use your vinyl cutter to help your students create seasonal decorations, such as pumpkins, ornaments, snowflakes, or hearts. You could send the decorations home with the kids as ornaments for their trees or use them in the classroom as decor for windows or bulletin boards. 

Middle School Projects

If you’re a middle school teacher, many of the same projects can still be a fun option. Of course, since the kids are a bit older, they can handle more advanced projects. Here are a few entertaining vinyl cutter ideas for your middle school students:

  1. Apron or tote designs: If you’re a home economics or sewing teacher, heat transfer vinyl and a vinyl cutter can be tools in a fun project. Have your kiddos sew tote bags, aprons, or something else with a simple pattern. Let the kids choose a design, then cut it out on heat transfer vinyl to attach to the project. 
  2. Cup decals: Use adhesive vinyl to create cup decals for your kiddos. This can be a great gift idea for holidays such as Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day. You could also use it as motivation for certain tasks (e.g., finish a book, get a book sticker for your water bottle).  
  3. Classroom rules posters: Create and cut out a visually engaging and appealing poster detailing your classroom rules. You could even use the cutter to create posters with inspirational quotes, seating charts, or lesson schedules for the week. 
  4. Garden labels: Growing projects are an engaging way to teach kids about the workings of plant mechanisms, such as germination or photosynthesis. If you plan to have your kiddos grow something as part of a lesson, you could use your vinyl cutter to create garden labels for each student. 

High School Projects

Vinyl cutters can also be a handy tool for high schoolers, although the simpler projects are usually too boring for their attention spans. Here are a few age-appropriate vinyl project ideas for high school students:

  1. Layered art: If you’re an art teacher, the vinyl cutter can be a helpful tool in creating interesting mixed media or multi-layered art pieces. Let your students get creative, channeling their inner artists to craft a piece that reflects their personality. 
  2. Wall decals: Create inspirational or educational posters for the walls, each featuring your favorite inspirational quotes or entertaining educational graphics. You could even teach your students to use the cutter and assign them to create a decal with their favorite quote (this can be a great option for graduating seniors to leave their mark). 
  3. Decorations for events: Vinyl cutters can be a helpful tool in event preparation. Let your students use the cutter to create various decorations for school events, such as dances, science fairs, plays, or art shows. 
  4. Coding and design: If your school has access to design software, a vinyl cutter can perfectly complement it. Have your students create code-generated patterns for vinyl cutting, integrating the latest lesson, holiday, or event into the mix for an intriguing element. 

Inspire Creativity in Your Classroom With a Vinyl Cutter 

Whether you need to create a handful of labels to keep your students’ items organized or fun decorations to spur holiday cheer, a vinyl cutter can help you do it all. They’re incredibly versatile tools that help you craft custom items for your classroom, whether you teach kindergarten or high school seniors. 

If you’re ready to start crafting and cutting out unique designs for your classroom, our team at AGC Education can help. Our Cut-Out Studio is designed for ease of use with various printing mediums, from construction paper to vinyl. We even offer a range of supplies to help you get started! Contact us today to learn more about this helpful system.