DIY Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments with Cricut Joy
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create these simple yet beautiful DIY farmhouse Christmas ornaments with the Cricut Joy machine.
We have a skinny pre-lit Christmas tree in our entryway. It’s adorned with all-white snowflakes and topped off with a stunning white star on top. I wanted to add a personal touch to this tree because it’s the first thing you see as you enter our front door.
I decided to DIY three farmhouse-style ornaments with my children’s names. Eventually, the ornaments will be a keepsake for them to take with them and hang on their very own tree someday.
So let’s get started…
First, What is the Cricut Joy?
Cricut Joy is your DIY best friend. This intelligent little cutting and writing machine is ridiculously easy to set up and use. You can use it to personalize, organize, and customize your projects every day. Make labels for your kitchen or office. Bust out custom cards or a birthday banner. It’s also compatible with Cricut Smart Material for super-easy, super-long cuts without a cutting mat. Just load & go! With plenty of projects that take just 15 minutes. The best part, it’s small and compact so you can move it with you around the house.
If you don’t have a Cricut Joy, you can find them at Cricut.com or other craft stores like Michaels, Joanns, Walmart, Target, and even Amazon. They almost always have discounts or bundle deals on these and other Cricut tools. I would also wait for a holiday sale like Labor Day or Black Friday. Currently, a Cricut Joy is $129 retail.
Next, Finding a Font on Creative Fabrica
Creative Fabrica is my go-to site for millions of fonts, graphics; think SVG files, coloring books, sewing patterns, teaching materials, digital backgrounds, illustrations. They also offer CF Classes, creative online video classes. There are endless bundles; get on their email list and create a free account, and you’ll receive freebies sent to you regularly too.
I wanted a clean and simple farmhouse look with these ornaments, and I was also looking for a font that would be elegant for Christmas but still manageable for my littlest to read. Creative Fabrica has tons of amazing fonts for a project like this and even Christmas bundles. You really can’t go wrong with any font you pick here.
I got the Wintersnow font, and it was absolutely perfect for the look I was after.
Materials You’ll Need For This Project:
- Cricut Joy
- Cricut Design Space AppCricut Joy Smart Vinyl (Permanent) in our choice of color
- Transfer Tap (I use Cricut Joy brand)
- Weeding Tool
- Scraper Tool
- Tape Measure
- Mini Ornaments from Michael’s (Or any craft store)
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Creative Fabrica font – Wintersnow
Tips To Make This Project Successful:
- Choose ornaments that are smooth and light. The smoothness will ensure the paint and vinyl last a long time, you also want a light enough ornament so it doesn’t weigh your tree down.
- Choose a color vinyl that compliments your space. I chose green vinyl to go with the white painted background to match my tree’s aesthetics.
- Choose a font that you can easily read.
- I chose to use permanent vinyl for this particular project because I wanted my kids to keep these for a while. (Possibly forever lol)
- When painting your ornaments, one coat is good enough and it doesn’t have to be perfect, however, make sure it is completely dry before transferring your vinyl.
- Use good quality transfer tape. These projects can be tedious, the last thing you want is to keep redoing the same task multiple times or have damaged vinyl because of crappy transfer tape.
- Design Space is available on every device; however, I needed my computer or iPad for a project like this. I’m not great with adjusting sizing and seeing everything on my phone but if you’re comfortable with your mobile device, go for it.
- You can reuse your transfer tape if it’s of good quality. So don’t toss it after one use.
- Make sure your ornaments are prepped for painting, I used a disposable plate for painting them and laying them overnight to dry. I used white paint and my daughter’s watercolor paintbrush.
- Use a tape measure and measure the size of your ornaments to determine how wide and tall you want the names to be.
- Head over to Creative Fabrica and find your desired font and/or clip art files you’ll be using and download them to your computer.
- Open Design Space on your computer or iPad and upload the files you got from Creative Fabrica.
- Type up your names and adjust the sizing for each.
- Once uploaded, I selected my image, paper, and cut selection on my screen.
- Click MAKE IT!
- Your Cricut Joy should automatically connect via Bluetooth, and then select your material here and click GO once you’ve loaded your card stock into the Cricut Joy.
- Once you unload your names from Cricut Joy, the next step is to remove all the unwanted vinyl from around the label you’ve just cut. Be careful and peel it back really slowly. It’s normal for some things to catch slightly, but be patient.
- Weed the excess vinyl, start at the top upper end and pull down. You should be left with just the labels on the back surface.
- Cut each name off separately, then add transfer tape to each one by peeling off the back, or you can reuse your transfer tape a couple of times.
- Use your scraper tool to press out the transfer tape to the names. Then slowly lift the transfer tape (the letters should lift with it).
- Stick your transfer tape to your painted ornaments, smooth it down with your scraper tool, and slowly peel off the transfer tape.
- Repeat the same process with each ornament.
You can also create a free account with Creative Fabrica here.