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This year has been a lot of things. It’s been a time to spend with family, a time to reflect and a time to learn to get creative with the resources you have.
Every year, our family’s tradition is to go to the store and we each choose an ornament that has a significance for that particular year. Over the years, our tree has been filled with a variety of ornaments, each with a special meaning and I hope that when my girls grow up, they will take their ornaments with them to show their own children.
This year, we decided that it was best for us to stay home. I have been to only three stores in the last 9 months. I get our groceries delivered and order most of what I can’t find at Target, through Amazon.
I thought about having the girls choose their ornaments online this year, but it just isn’t the same as choosing them ourselves. Plus, with us having been in our home 75% of the year, there weren’t really many options aside from toilet paper, a house or a mask.
So I thought it would be fun for us to make our ornaments. Not just for us, but for friends and family that we are sending gifts to as well.
DIY rustic wood circle ornaments sounded like the way to go. I pulled out my Cricut Joy and got to work!
While I have a degree in graphic design, my days are pretty crazy, so I don’t really have the time to play around and design our own. So I went to Etsy and found the perfect SVG files.
I found a shop that does hand lettering (which I love), so I purchased the 2020 pack (four funny sayings like “I Love You More than Toilet Paper” and “The Year We Stayed Home”) and the Christmas pack, with sayings like “Oh Holy Night, Merry & Bright and Merry Christmas.”
Luckily, I had the permanent smart vinyl on hand in red, green and black. I found the wood slices on Amazon and the twine and wooden beads came with them. So I spent a total of $12 for 12 wood slice ornaments.
I’m what you would call a beginner when it comes to my Cricut. I have used it a few times, but I am still learning.
I had some issues with the shimmer vinyl and the transfer tape on these wood slice ornaments, but luckily I was able to reach out to my Cricut loving friend on Instagram, and was told that you have to use the StrongGrip for shimmer or glitter vinyls (thanks Corinne @slayathomemother!) I love that with every project, I learn something new.
I even made my first t-shirts last week. You can check them out here.
If you’ve been contemplating getting a Cricut, like I had been for so long, do it! It’s definitely kept me busy since this year and helped me to make the girls school supplies a little more exciting for them!
Supplies You’ll Need for DIY Wood Slice Ornaments
- Wood Slices (these come with twine and wood beads)
- If you don’t get the package above, you’ll need or thin ribbon.
- Cricut (I have the Cricut Joy)
- Permanent Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Basic Tools
- Scissors (comes in the basic tool set)
Step by Step
1. Using the Cricut Design Space, create your design. You can also purchase SVG files to save yourself time. I purchased this 2020 pack and Christmas pack. Choose your vinyl color and style (shimmer, glitter, plain, etc.) and cut with your Cricut.
2. Peel back the excess vinyl. Do this slowly to make sure that you don’t rip any of the letters or take off something that you shouldn’t.
3. Weed the excess that is left over, like the pieces inside and around the letters.
4. Cut your transfer tape just slightly larger than your design and place on top. Run your scraper over the transfer tape, throughout the design. This will adhere your vinyl to the transfer tape and allow you to easily remove it from the backing. If you use shimmer or glitter, you should use the StrongGrip transfer tape.
5. Lift the transfer tape slowly. Make sure that the vinyl is completely attached.
6. Make sure that your wood slice is dust free. Place the transfer tape and design on the wood slice, positioning it exactly where you want it to be. Press down and run your scraper over the transfer tape again, to release the vinyl from the transfer tape, onto the wood slice.
7. Lift the transfer tape slowly to make sure that you are leaving the vinyl on the wood slice.
8. Thread your twine (or string) through the pre-drilled hole on the wood slice.
9. Thread the wood bead through the top piece of twine.
10. Thread the back piece of twine back through the wood bead and pull so that the twine is even.
11. Make a knot with the two pieces of twine. Cut off any excess. Want to take it a step further? Personalize the back and use them as gift tags.
If you make these DIY rustic wood slice ornaments, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you post them on social media, we’d love it for you to tag @thesupermomlife.
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