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These personalized wood house Christmas ornaments are easy to make with a Cricut machine!
Personalizing Christmas ornaments can be expensive. And it can be time consuming with trying to find a company that does it and then wait for them to ship the items.
If you have a Cricut, though, you can personalize right now! These handmade ornaments are the perfect gift for:
- New home owners
- Present topper for a family gift
- Gift tag
- Gift for your neighbors
- Hostess gift
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How to Make Personalized Christmas Ornaments
- Unfinished thin wood house cutouts
- Paint or wood stain
- Paint brush or sponge brush
- Cricut blue light or green standard grip mat
- ORACAL 651 vinyl or permanent vinyl of your choice
- Transfer tape
- Weeding tool
- Cricut scraper tool
- Hot glue gun
- Thin ribbon
- Floral wire
- Pine stems or dark green pipe cleaners
First, paint or stain the wooden house cut outs. If you are painting, it’s best to use a matte paint. You may need 2-3 coats. If staining, be sure to stain in a well-ventilated area. Allow 24-48 hours for stain to completely dry.
*FOR STAINING ONLY: Once stain is dry, add a layer of matte mod podge as a sealant to the front of the house where vinyl will be applied. This is because if there is no barrier between the stain and the vinyl, the oils in the stain will break down the vinyl adhesive.
Once houses are dry, make the wreath for the front of the house ornament. Bend floral wire into a circle as a base for the wreath. This will likely be around the size of a quarter, but it could be different depending on the size of your house cutout.
Wrap a pine stem (or pipe cleaner) around the wreath ring until the entire wire is covered.
Tie a tiny bow and hot glue it to the wreath.
Hot glue the wreath the top of the house peak.
Make the name in Cricut’s design space using a font of your choice. Use the text layer and add any name and adjust the sizing (size will depend on the size of house cut out). Don’t forget to kern the letters by adjusting the spacing of the letters with letter spacing action.
Hit Make It. Adjust the machines setting or material dial to vinyl.
Load the oracle 651 (this is permanent vinyl) into the machine on the green or blue light grip mat and hit “go”.
When cutting is finished, begin to weed the vinyl away from the design using your weeding tool. Don’t forget to weed around the outside of the letters and small parts inside any letter that are enclosed (ex. a,e,o ).
Cut a piece of transfer tape to cover the vinyl and apply the transfer tape over the design using pressure with the scraper tool.
Turn the design face down and begin to gently apply pressure. Pull the vinyl’s carrier sheet off and away from the transfer tape. The vinyl will be the only thing left on the transfer tape.
Position the transfer tape on the bottom of the house under the wreath where you would like it. Apply pressure smoothly over the design using the scraper tool.
Slowly and carefully remove the transfer tape by peeling it back.
Add twine for a hanger and tie it with a knot.
Helpful Tips for Making Personalized House Ornaments
- You don’t have to use a last name as personalization. Consider using a first name or a nickname.
- Instead of a name, add in a year. Such as the year they bought their house or were married.
- Use ribbon instead of twine for the hanger if you’d like.
- An old credit card works just as well as a Cricut scraping tool.
Changed your mind about making these yourself? It’s okay! We all only have so much time! Check out these small shops on Etsy who will make personalized wood house ornaments for you.
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