My Silhouette Portrait

Last year on Black Friday, I bought myself a Silhouette Portrait machine.  I think it’s been on everyday since then, cutting out vinyl for different places in my classroom.  I thought I would show you some of the ways I’ve used it so far.

IMG_0283I think this one is my favorite so far!  I cut 6 inch circles out of vinyl (turquoise of course) and stuck them to my carpet.  My kiddos line up on them and its helped to make our line a lot straighter.  Since this picture was taken, I’ve added numbers to each dot with a permanent marker.  Each child has a number and lines up on that number no matter what.  Its cut down on “he cut me” and I don’t want to go to the end of the line.  I can assign new numbers at anytime and the children know that if the person in front of them is absent, they leave their dot empty.

Kristen's KindergartenThis is where we store our school supplies.  I labeled each tub with its contents to help us keep things in order.

Kristen's Kindergarten

Kristen's Kindergarten

I used turquoise vinyl here to label my morning baskets.  The children turn in their red take home folders each morning and eventually their baggie books and homework folders will get returned in the other bucket.

Kristen's Kindergarten

I also added some vinyl to my Author’s Chair.  The kids think it’s so cool that the chair has a title! 🙂


About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on August 28, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Can you vacuum over the dots without them coming up?



  2. Love these ideas…and I have the exact same “frog pond” carpet in my classroom!


  3. Very cool!

    Sent from my sparkily iPad!



  4. How do you stick the dots to the carpet?


  5. Hi Kristin! I love the Silhouette Portrait and I think you’ve done some cool things with it. I had a few questions for you.
    1) Do buy your vinyl direct from Silhouette?
    2) DO you use your Portrait for mostly vinyl projects or do you also do paper projects as well.
    3) How often do you use your cutting mat and have you had to replace it?
    I just got mine a month ago and my mat is already all cut up 😦


    • I get my vinyl from Expressions in Vinyl–they have wonderful prices! I use it mostly for vinyl…I’ve only replaced the one mat I started with. I retack it with some light adhesive spray I got at Michael’s and that kept it working great for months. I would check your blade pressure to see if its cutting to deeply.


  6. Where did you buy your silhouette portrait machine from? I’m not very familiar with them. Black Friday is not very far away! 🙂


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