Published On October 15, 2020
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These personalized wood house Christmas ornaments are easy to make with a Cricut machine!

wooden Christmas house ornaments with personalized names

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:

  • Newlyweds
  • New home owners
  • Present topper for a family gift
  • Gift tag
  • Gift for your neighbors
  • Hostess gift
White Christmas house ornament with tiny green wreath

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How to Make Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Supplies

✅ When making Cricut projects, save money with off-brand tools and accessories. This weeding tools bundle costs less, and these grip mats are also less expensive.

Cricut machine and craft supplies for wooden ornament

Directions

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. 

painting wooden Christmas ornament
staining wooden Christmas ornament

*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. 

painting Mod Podge onto wooden Christmas ornament

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. 

floral wire and faux Christmas tree branches

Wrap a pine stem (or pipe cleaner) around the wreath ring until the entire wire is covered. 

making Christmas ornament wreath

Tie a tiny bow and hot glue it to the wreath.

small wreath crafts with bows

Hot glue the wreath the top of the house peak. 

hot glueing miniature wreath to wooden house ornament

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.  

Cricut Program screenshot for Personalization
Cricut program cut screen

Hit Make It. Adjust the machines setting or material dial to vinyl.

Cricut base material settings screen
Cricut material settings screen

Load the oracle 651 (this is permanent vinyl) into the machine on the green or blue light grip mat and hit “go”. 

Cricut machine and supplies

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 ). 

weeding personalized vinyl

Cut a piece of transfer tape to cover the vinyl and apply the transfer tape over the design using pressure with the scraper tool.

transfer paper on personalized craft vinyl

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. 

personalized wooden Christmas ornament

Slowly and carefully remove the transfer tape by peeling it back.

Add twine for a hanger and tie it with a knot.

personalized wooden house Christmas ornament

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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