Published On November 10, 2020
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These DIY rainbow ornaments are the perfect way to brighten up a Christmas tree!

Rainbow glass ball Ornament

These happy ornaments are easy to make with a Cricut joy. You can make several and give them to friends. They also make great gift toppers.

We chose pastel colors for the rainbow. Feel free to use bold primary colors like red, yellow, green and blue instead.

How to Make a Rainbow Ornament with Cricut Joy

Supplies

DIY Rainbow Ornament Supplies

Directions

Painting the Glass Ornaments

Remove cap from ornament.

Squeeze Galaxy Glitter Clear Ice Comet paint into the opening. 

Filling clear ornament with glitter

Place your covered thumb over the opening and shake the ornament until the paint inside has mixed together and covered the inside. Add more glitter paint and shake if needed.

Clear Christmas Ornaments filled with glitter

Allow glitter paint to dry for about 10 minutes.

Next, squeeze some white acrylic paint into the ornament. Avoid using too much paint. Start with a little and add more as needed. 

Painting Christmas Ornaments White

Again, place your thumb over the opening and shake the ornament until the paint inside has mixed together and covered the inside. 

Glittery Rainbow Ornament

Repeat for remaining ornaments.

Preparing the Images

Open Cricut Design Space.  Click on the “+” sign to start a new project, opening up a blank canvas.

Click on the “Upload” button from the toolbar and browse your downloaded files to insert the SVG file.

The image will appear on the canvas. With the image selected, select “duplicate” to make as many rainbow vinyl cuts as needed.

Cricut Rainbow Cutout for Ornament DIY
Rainbow Ornament Cricut Design Space Screenshot
Rainbow Ornament in Cricut Design Space Screenshot

Maintain the size or adjust to fit your ornament. To adjust the size, highlight the image and click on the size box in the top toolbar. Change the measurement to suit your ornament size accordingly.

Change the image color if desired to match with the material color.

Cutting the Permanent Smart Vinyl

Select “Make It” in the upper right corner to proceed with cutting.

If using Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl, choose “no mat” for cutting.

Cricut Materials Load Screen

Note the size of the Smart Vinyl needed and cut the length of the vinyl accordingly.

Choose the Smart Vinyl from the list of options in the drop down menu.

Following the instructions prompted on the screen, cut out the different colored vinyl for all the images.

Cricut Design Space Review Artwork
Cricut Joy cutting vinyl

How to Assemble the Ornaments

Cut around the images with a pair of scissors.

Cutting Out Cricut vinyl
Adhesive Vinyl for Rainbow Ornament Craft

Peel away the excess vinyl around the cut images and discard. 

Rainbow Vinyl Transfer Paper

Cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger in size than the largest rainbow arc.

Peel away the transfer tape backing and place the transfer tape overtop of the image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.

Rainbow DIY Vinyl on Transfer Paper
DIYing Adhesive Vinyl Rainbow

Peel away the vinyl backing, leaving just the image adhered to the transfer tape.

Adhesive Vinyl Rainbow

Next, place the transfer tape over the next rainbow arc and peel off the backing. 

Continue with the remaining rainbow arches until all are attached to the same piece of transfer tape.

Vinyrl Rainbow on Transfer Paper

Clip the center of the transfer tape towards the center of the rainbow. This will allow you to bend it easier. Place the image on to the center of the ornament.

DIY Rainbow Ornament Cricut Transfer

Press the rainbow vinyl on to the ornament and peel away the transfer tape. Gently work out any bubbles that formed under the vinyl with your finger nails.

Rainbow on White Glitter Ornament

Put the cloud pieces over the ends of the rainbow, covering any edges that are uneven.

Reattach the ornament caps and tie a piece of decorative ribbon to the top of the ornaments.

White Rainbow Ornament with Teal Polkadot Ribbon

Looking for more DIY ornaments? Check out these tutorials:

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