3 of the Top Christmas Craft Ideas for Your Cricut
3 of the Top Christmas Craft Ideas for Your Cricut
Posted 23rd August 2021 •
It's never too early to start talking about Christmas, or thinking about Christmas craft ideas! Today we're bringing you 3 DIYs for some easy Cricut Christmas decorations that would look stunning in your own home or make the perfect gift for a loved one. Not only that, but they would also be the Cricut crafts to sell and make some extra money in the run-up to the festive period.
Easy Cricut Craft Ideas: Christmas Ornaments
We will be using a Cricut maker for today's projects, but the SVG cut files will work on a Silhouette, Brother, or any other cutting machine you may have. Let's take a look at our first Christmas craft idea!
#1 How to Make a Mini Festive Porch Sign
We love seeing all the fantastic porch sign SVG’s on Design Bundles, but the only problem in places like the UK, for example, is that they don’t have porches like the US have porches; meaning nowhere to put these beautiful signs.
So instead of making a porch sign today, we will take one of those SVG’s, shrink it down and make it into a smaller version that can be used as holiday decor inside!
To do this DIY you will need:
Wooden Sign orPlaque - you can find these on Amazon, or, if you’re feeling extra crafty, you could use pallet wood (it would need a bit more prep work depending on the texture of the wood but would make a real show-stopping piece of decor!)
Acrylic Paint - two colors, one for the base color and the other to dry brush on after to give it a bit of a vintage feel
Let’s start with the potentially messiest part first! Give your sign a solid coat of paint; depending on the thickness of your paint, you might need to do more than one coat.
Step 2. Make It Vintage
One of our favorite ways to make a painted craft look a little more vintage is to use dry brushing to add some extra color texture to it. We’ve painted our sign red, so we’ve decided to go for white as our dry brush color.
All you need to do is get a little bit of white paint on the very edge of a paintbrush, scrap it off on the side of the pot and brush the practically dry bristles across your sign. Focus mainly pick on the corners and edges (where it would naturally become ‘weathered’) and a few light passes over the front of the sign.
Step 3. Resize Your Design
Since we’re using an SVG file designed for a large Porch Sign, we will need to resize it in Design Space.
Upload your SVG to Design Space and add it to your Canvas. Resize it to fit your sign and change the layer colors to match the vinyl you’ll be using.
Step 4. Cut, Weed, and Layer Your Design
Cut and weed your design as usual but only apply transfer tape to the white vinyl layer.
The white layer will be positioned over the top of the gold layer, and then once the layers are smoothed down, they will both be picked up on the same sheet of transfer tape.
Step 5. Applying Your SVG to Your Sign
Make sure both layers are well smoothed down. Next, pull the vinyl off the backing paper with the transfer tape and carefully position it onto your sign.
Use a squeegee to smooth your design onto the sign, making sure there are no air bubbles.
Step 6. Smooth Down
Smooth out any bubbles you see on the vinyl after removing the transfer tape. You can use a vinyl squeegee for this or a bank card, basically, anything that has a smooth flat edge that you can use to push bubbles out of the vinyl.
Step 7. Display Proudly
These mini signs are perfect for displaying anywhere around the house. You could even hot glue a loop of string to the back and hang it on the wall.
#2 How to Make a Wood Slice Decoration
Now onto our second Christmas craft suggestion! The rustic farmhouse aesthetic is very on-trend at the moment and has been a really popular theme for Christmas decorations for the past few years. These wood slice decorations can be dressed up to fit with any color scheme or theme.
To do this DIY you will need:
Wood Slice Ornaments - these are available on Amazon
First off, we need to paint the background onto our wood slice. We’re using black acrylic paint as we want the white vinyl SVG to stand out. Wood slices can be quite porous, so we’d suggest using two thin layers of paint.
Step 2. Measure Your Design Area
The beauty of using natural wood slices is that they are all unique, but that also presents a minor issue: none are the same size.
Grab a ruler and measure the diameter of the black background you’ve painted on your wood slice. Take a few measurements so that you can check the widest and thinnest points, work out an average size from there - we suggest going maybe 0.5cm in from the very edge of your background to give it a nice border.
Step 3. Set Your Design Area on Design Space
Open up Design Space, add a Circle shape to your canvas and resize it to match the diameter you’ve just measured on your wood slice. Some people might class this as an extra unneeded step, but we find it really helpful, especially when working with circular designs, as you then know for sure that your SVG will fit in the area you want it to.
Step 4. Upload and Resize Your SVG File
Upload your design to Design space and add it to your canvas. Next, you need to resize it to fit nicely inside your circle.
Step 5. Cut and Weed Your Design
Once you are happy with the design size, send it to cut by pressing the ‘Make It’ button on the top right-hand corner of the Desing Space screen. Once your vinyl is cut, weed it and apply the transfer tape.
Step 6. Apply Your Design
Lift your design off the backing paper with the transfer tape and carefully position it over your wooden slice. Make sure it’s firmly adhered by pressing it down with a squeegee and then carefully peel the transfer tape back.
Step 7. Add a Bit More Festive Flair
The last step is to add a loop of string to hand your decoration. We've used jute string which helps to add to its rustic farmhouse aesthetic, but why not go a step further?
If you want a simple way to dress your decoration up even more, why not add some bells to the hanging loop and a carefully placed ribbon bow to disguise the hole where the string is threaded.
How to Make a Christmas Chocolate Holder
This Christmas craft idea was really popular last year and is set to become a staple as an easy and effective DIY you can do to add a bit more fun to creating and giving token gifts.
We will be making the mitten design from this lovely bundle, but there is a whole range of chocolate holder SVG's on Design Bundles.
Step 2. Upload and Resize Your Design
The creator of this SVG very helpfully added the dimensions to resize the design to on their listing (it’s always worth checking this on any Design Bundles file you purchase as a lot of designers will do this) So once you've uploaded it to Design Space use the arrows on the bottom right corner to resize the whole SVG. We've also changed the cut layers' color to match the card we will be using.
Step 3. Cut Your Design
On the cut screen, select the relevant cut setting for the weight of the card you have. Once they are cut, carefully remove them from your mat and weed out any of the smaller intricate cuts.
Step 4. Assemble Your Layers
Stick your blue layer to the silver layer and leave it to dry. Once completely dry, you can crease the card along the fold line between the two mitten shapes. You then need to secure the tops so that it makes a 'cradle' for your chocolate to sit in. Glue along the top edge and secure in place whilst it dries.
Step 5. Adding the Finishing Touches
Once the glue is dry, we can add our ribbon to create a hanging loop and our chocolate! To fit your chocolate inside, you need to squeeze the holder slightly so that the mittens bow out to create more space, slide your chocolate into the gap, and position it in line with the holes, and you're all done!
We hope you've enjoyed the Christmas Craft ideas and that it's inspired you to try one or more of these festive projects - if you make your own versions of these, we'd love to see them in our Facebook Group,The Design Bundles Customer Community.