DIY Backpacks: Adding Personalization with a Cricut

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DIY backpacks are easy to make with your Cricut machine. I am going to give you two options for designs today including one with Mickey Mouse and another with the Star Wars logo. You can use either of these or make your own personalized design. I am partnering with Cricut today to make these backpacks and talk a little about the Blue Ribbon Projects which collects backpacks like these to give to those going into foster care. This is a great way to craft from home but give back to those in need.

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What is the Blue Ribbon Project?

There are approximately 440,000 children in Foster Care nationwide. When most children enter Foster Care, it’s an emergency situation. Children can be taken from their homes with as little as the clothes on their backs. And to add insult to injury, children are given trash bags to carry the few belongings that they may have.

That is where the Blue Ribbon Project comes in. They provide backpacks with essentials to those entering foster care. This is how each of us can help someone else right from the comforts of our own home. Pick up a few backpacks (see below for suggested Amazon listing) and decorate them with your Cricut machine. Fill them with the suggested items and mail them off to the Blue Ribbon Project to be given to foster children in need.

Please note that the Blue Ribbon Project is currently asking that you hold all donations but they will be accepting them again as soon as they can get back to business as usual. So, make your backpacks and send them when they re-open!

Supplies to make DIY backpacks:

supplies to make diy backpacks

Personalizing a Backpack with a Cricut:

It is easy to add some personalization to a backpack when you have a Cricut. Just cut your iron-on into shapes and use the EasyPress Mini to press them on. You can actually watch me make both of these DIY backpacks in the video below.

Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? I am also outlining how to customize backpacks below.

backpacks for foster care

How to Make DIY Backpacks

Personalized a backpack has never been easier! Use your Cricut to make these two cute backpacks in minutes.

Print Pin Rate

45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Author: Angie Holden


  • Cricut machine

  • EasyPress mat

  • Iron-on protective sheet

  • Weeding tools

  • EasyPress Mini


  • Backpack this is the recommended one from Amazon
  • Cricut cut file you can find the cut files here
  • Mosaic iron-on
  • Mickey mesh iron-on
  • Other supplies to add to the backpack see below for the links to the suggested lists

Adding in supplies for the Blue Ribbon Project:

Now that you have your decorated DIY backpacks, you will want to add in supplies for foster care children. The additions to each backpack will depend on the child’s age you choose. I did the Star Wars backpack for a 10 – 11 year old boy and the Mickey backpack for a 4 – 5 year old girl. You can find lists for each age group here.

diy backpacks

Drop in supplies then ship or drop off at the Blue Ribbon Project. You can add a smile to the face of a foster care child with this simple act of kindness.

make a mickey mouse backpack

Give this Mickey backpack design a try or add the Star Wars logo. Either way, you will love how easy it is to make personalized backpacks with your Cricut.

make a star wars backpack

So, will you be adding DIY backpacks to your craft list this week?

backpacks for foster care

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