Christmas and crafting go hand and hand don’t you think? I’ve got a whole box of Christmas crafting goodies that I pull out each year ready to create something special for our home and this year will be no different…except from the fact that I also have a Cricut at my disposal which means we can put some festive tunes on (yes even in October, its never too early to Christmas Craft) and get our craft on!
So what shall we make?
I’m sure we’ve all got special tree decorations we made when we were at Primary School that you’re parents invariably keep for 20+ years and put out every year – maybe a salt dough hand print for the tree or a paper-mache bauble.
Have you made any decoration recently though…No? Stuck for inspiration maybe, never fear because Design Bundles have got you covered!
They have just released The Christmas Craft Bundle which is full of more SVG’s and cut files than you can shake a snow globe at and I’m going to show you 3 fab projects that you can do with some of the bundle elements.
Personalised and Monogrammed ‘Our 1st Christmas’ Bauble
Everyone loves a keepsake so I thought a nice double sided bauble would be a good start.
Here I’ve the ‘Fancy Christmas Snowflake‘ design from the bundle and sliced a swirl script letter (an ‘S’ for Mr & Mrs Smith) out of the middle for one side and added ‘Our 1st Christmas as Mr & Mrs 2019’ on the back. I used an acrylic bauble blank, measured the width and then scaled the design to fit. It’s handy to have a damp cloth to hand to wipe over the bauble as, because its acrylic, it generates some static cling and can have bits of fluff or glitter attach to it, give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth and then make sure its fully dry before applying your vinyl decal.
Snowflake Initial Bauble
In The Christmas Design Bundle there was a Snowflake SVG that I knew I had to use. I love using snowflake patterns but I fins a lot of them an be overly intricate and not easy to cut, luckily this file had plenty of options and I chose one that would scale well. I added them to a clear glass bauble that I then filled with Iridescent sparkle. The beauty of baubles like this is that you can add anything to the middle of them so you can make them match your colour scheme. When it comes to applying vinyl to a curved surface such as a bauble you have to be careful about how you size your decal – if its too big then you may get crease lines, (if doing a full name instead of initial I tend to measure the width and then go a bit smaller, if it was a 3 inch bauble I’d go for about 2.5inch decal for example)
Festive Phrase Frame
It’s not all about tree decs and tinsel any more, people are swapping out their normal home decor to go with the season so I thought what better way to do that than with a festive shadow frame. It’s nice and simple to make and can be jazzed up with lots of extra components such as lights, mini baubles or faux snow.
This one was a bit tricky to do as I actually had to ‘unlock’ and manipulate the shape of svg file to fit the frame I wanted to apply it to but since they are all such good quality and resolution SVG’s it didn’t distort and still looks great!
I like to use IKEA frames as they come apart easily so that you can add all kinds of bits inside. For a simple box frame you just attach your vinyl to the front of the perspex, attach a glitter backing to the inside and you’re good to go. Simple but very effective!
If you want to add mini baubles in then you have to make sure to put the frame space back in before adding anything else as it helps to contain the baubles and means you can get the back to sit on nicely.
Here are a few examples of other frames I’ve made in the exact same way.
So, are we feeling festive now? Are we ready to spread glitter and fake snow through the house whilst we get our Christmas craft on?