Want to make your own easy Christmas decor? These Rae Dunn inspired Christmas ornaments are so easy to make. Just cut the vinyl, apply it, and display your finished ornaments – perfect for beginner crafters!
Christmas is coming and I am making all the things with my Silhouette Cameo!
I love this time of year but I always feel like it sneaks up on me way too quickly. So this year I’m trying to get ahead of the holiday madness with my Silhouette machine.
I’m making ornaments, home decor, and all kinds of fun gifts for family and friends. This machine is a workhorse and it’s definitely getting overworked this season!
Did you know that Christmas ornaments are one of the most popular crafts to do this time of year?
And even so, I always see people asking what the trick is to lay vinyl on round surfaces.
It can be incredibly frustrating when your vinyl won’t lay flat on the ornaments or you get bubbles. And it can make you want to throw in the towel and give up on Christmas ornaments altogether. Or you could go grab the M&M style flat ornaments that I used here!
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 do these Rae Dunn inspired Christmas ornaments because everyone is obsessed and these ornaments are so cute!
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 tips 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, however 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 prevent the vinyl from bubbling on the ornaments?
Let’s solve this problem in three easy steps!
- Cut the transfer tape as close to the vinyl as possible.
- After that, 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. 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, after that 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?
These Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments are:
- a quick craft project, and
- perfect rustic decor!
If you’re on a mission to get more handmade this year, I’ve got a few projects you need in your home!