One day I was walking along in Hobby Lobby and I spotted these pretty ceramic Christmas ornaments. They were just begging to be personalized so today I’m showing you how making Christmas ornaments with Cricut is super easy.
You can use any type of Christmas ornament you want to make this craft (glass, wood, etc)- it all just depends on the look you’re going for. I personally love the look of these white ceramic balls and I think the white makes the text pop.
Supplies Needed for Making Christmas Ornaments with Cricut
- my Christmas Ornaments Cricut Design Space File (the images that I use will have a cost unless you have a Cricut Access Membership)
- White Ball Ornament (or some other kind of ornament)
- Cricut Maker (or other Cricut Machine)
- black vinyl
- Cricut transfer tape
Select Your Designs
Open my Christmas Ornaments Cricut Design Space File. When you open it you will see the option to Customize or the option to Make It. Click Customize. Then delete any of the images that you do not want to use.
You can also make this project using any image or text that you want. Simply search through the image files to find something that you like or type something up in a font you like.
You can also resize the images if you would like. I used 3 inch ceramic ornaments for this project but if you use a larger or smaller ornament you may want to adjust the size of the image to better fit your ornaments.
When you’re all done click the Make It button at the top right.
Cut Your Designs
Design Space will then show you your image cuts laid out on a cutting mat. You can move them around on the mat if you need to for some reason. Then click Continue.
Next you will choose your material (Vinyl).
The Cricut will then walk you through the next steps of making sure you have the right tool loaded and loading up your mat.
Put the vinyl that you need on a standard grip mat with the vinyl facing up (the backing should be the side touching the mat). Load the mat into the machine and press the Go button on your machine.
Prepare Your Designs for Application
When it is all done cutting press the unload button on your machine. Turn your mat upside down and peel the vinyl and mat apart.
Separate the vinyl from the backing at one of the corners of your vinyl and peel away the parts you don’t need.
As you can see in the picture below I have peeled away (weeded out) all of the parts that I don’t need for the two designs to the left but the ones on the right I still have to weed at this point.
Apply Your Designs
Once you have weeded your designs then you will cut a piece of transfer tape that’s just a bit bigger than your design.
Peel the backing off of the transfer tape and apply it to the front of your design, pressing down very firmly.
Then try to peel away the backing on the back of your vinyl design. If your design isn’t stuck to the transfer tape yet lay the backing paper back down and keep smoothing it firmly to get the vinyl to transfer over. Then peel it again once it’s ready.
Now take your scissors and cut some notches into the borders of your transfer tape. You’re applying this flat image to something round so you need to have some wiggle room. If you look at the picture below I had cut out some notches in the top and bottom but after this picture I added even more. This will help your image transfer more smoothly.
Apply your vinyl to your ornament starting in the center. Press it down in the center and work your way to the outside corners of the image.
Peel away the transfer tape, leaving your vinyl on your ornament and you’re done!
Now go hang your ornaments on a tree to enjoy!
Want more Christmas crafts? Check out these Christmas tutorials: