Craft yourself a homemade holiday with Rae Dunn inspired Christmas Ornaments and make perfect bows to go along with them!
Does anyone else count down to the day when you get to put up Christmas decorations? And does the “set-up” day get earlier and earlier every year? It does for me!
And you know what, I’m not even mad about it. Because even though Chris gives me a hard time about all the Christmas decor going up in early November I love the warmth and general happiness it brings to our home.
I also love the fact that our Christmas tree can go in our entry way so whenever we pull up to the house you see the tree lit up in all it’s Christmas glory. The season makes me so happy and I look forward to it every year.
If I could craft and decorate for Christmas from July to December I’d be happy. I tend to skip over all the Fall holidays and go straight in to ‘Buddy the Elf’ mode. Christmas music even starts making an appearance, but only when Chris is at work because I can’t deal with the eye roll negativity.
The past few years I’ve been into making my own ornaments. These Glittered Ornaments were perfect when I had a newborn because they’re plastic and he couldn’t pull them off the tree and hurt himself. The following year I decided to do a nerdy tree and made these Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ornaments to go with these super easy Paper Harry Potter Ornaments.
This year I decided to go more rustic with our decor. We moved into our first home and I was excited to go full out with all of the Christmas decor. These Rae Dunn inspired Christmas ornaments were the perfect addition to our tree and the little pop of red and black on the ribbons really made them stand out!
If you have young kids in your home you may not want to buy the glass white ornaments for this project like I did. My toddler isn’t too interested in pulling the bulbs off of the tree so I don’t have to worry about it as much with him but my nephew likes to take them off and hide them around my house.
Right now all the glass ornaments go pretty high up on the tree just to be safe.
And if that is something you worry about you can make plastic white ornaments via the glittered ornaments tutorial. I actually think they’d look pretty cool with white glitter!
Want to make these Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments? Read these before you get started!
How big should you make the decals on the ornaments?
This depends on how large your ornaments are but I made my decals 2 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. Smaller would also work too, just don’t go too big or you’ll have a hard time getting the text to curve with the ornament.
What type of ornaments should you use?
These ornaments are the white ones from Hobby Lobby. I opted for the glass ornaments but you can also use plastic if you’re worried about them breaking!
Make sure you use coupons on the ornaments because they can get pricy if you’re doing your entire tree with them.
I personally love mixing it up a bit and getting smaller red and black bulbs to put on the tree with them.
What settings should you use in the Silhouette Software to cut small letters?
I don’t know about you but I have such a hard time cutting and weeding smaller designs. Since these letters are thin you want to make sure your speed is slow so the blade doesn’t accidentally pull an entire letter with it while it’s cutting the rest of the design.
Slow your speed down to 1 or 2 while cutting these phrases. If you’re still having trouble you can head to this post and read more on cutting and weeding small designs successfully!
How do you lay the vinyl decals on the ornaments without the vinyl bubbling?
Bubbling is really annoying when you’re trying to get your vinyl to lay flat. But there are a few ways you can prevent it from happening:
- Cut the transfer tape as close to the vinyl as possible.
- Then cut small slits around the letters (be careful, you don’t want to accidentally cut the vinyl!). This will help the vinyl “give” a little as you’re placing the letters.
- When you’re ready to lay your vinyl decals on the ornaments, press the center of word down first. Then slowly use your fingers and rub the rest of the decal onto the ornament. Work from the center out.
There’s a video for this post that shows you exactly what to do if you get stuck!
How do you make the bows and attach them to the ornaments after you’ve put the vinyl decals on?
I made mine using a really simple tutorial a friend shared with me and then I tweaked it a bit and decided to make a video to share with all of you!
Do you need to seal the ornaments after putting the vinyl decals on them?
I did not and I don’t think you should as long as you’re using Oracle 651, permanent vinyl.
If you’re on a mission to get more handmade this year, I’ve got a few projects you need in your home!
Let’s just hope I can keep up this handmade business and craft myself a really awesome Christmas this year!
These Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments are:
- a quick craft project, and
- perfect rustic decor!