One of my favorite things to make for the holidays is Christmas tree ornaments. They are so customizable that you can make them as detailed or as simple as you like – and you still end up with a gorgeous craft!
These painted disc ornaments whip up easily and will add a little something extra to your family tree!
Painted Disc Ornaments
- Digital Products
- Painting the Ornaments
- Cricut Design Space
- Template & Design
- Clear disc ornament blanks (I used two)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Acrylic paints
- Digital products: Skinny Custard Lemon Cake Font
- Solo cups (or other to catch drips)
- Syringe (liquid dropper)
- Paper towels (optional – for clean up)
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Hot glue gun (optional – for ribbon)
- Permanent vinyl (I used Oracal 651)
- Transfer tape
- Weeding tools
- Cricut cutting machine (or other)
- Ribbon, string, or hooks (for hanging and bows)
This font is simple, yet playful and childlike which is absolutely perfect for these holiday ornaments! Even though it’s a tad skinny and maybe a little nervous that you might struggle while cutting this one – making use of the washi sheet setting helps to cut these letters perfectly!
After you have downloaded the file, extract it onto your computer.
Painting the Ornaments
- 🔔 Before You Start: With your measuring tape, note down the height and width of your ornaments. Put this aside for later.
Before you dive into the vinyl design part of this project, you might want to first get your ornaments painted to allow for ample drying time.
Grab two Solo cups (or another brand) to act as your drip tray for the ornaments.
To begin, remove the top of both ornaments and drop roughly one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into one of them. Carefully swirl it around inside, ensuring that you cover all areas of the ornament. This is extremely important as the acrylic paint will not stick to any residue on the plastic leftover from the manufacturing of them – the alcohol helps to remove this residue. Skipping this step could result in bald spots, streaks, and/or cracking of your paint…and nobody wants that!
When you are finished, pour the remaining alcohol into the other ornament and repeat. Allow them to drip dry upside-down in the Solo cups.
Once dry, grab your Polycrylic, and using a syringe, squeeze some into one of the ornaments. Again, swirl it around and make sure to coat every inch of the inside. Pour the remaining Polycrylic into the other ornament and repeat. Once again, allow them to drip dry in your Solo cups – usually about 2-3 hours to be safe.
With your ornaments prepped and ready, now it’s time to add some color!
I chose to make my ornaments a teal and white set – but feel free to use any color paint that you have on hand, as long as it is a matte finish. I tried using a satin finish once and I struggled with getting the paint to adhere evenly.
In the same manner as the preparation steps. Squeeze roughly one tablespoon of one of your paint colors into one ornament.
Swirl it around until the entire ornament is completely covered, then, one more time, allow it to drip out in the Solo cup. Repeat for the other ornament using the alternating color and let both dry. Drying them could take upwards of three days – depending on the thickness of the paint and the amount that you needed to use.
In the meantime, you can design and cut your decals.
Cricut Design Space
Template & Design
While you are waiting for your ornaments to dry, you can get to designing the decals. With your new font already installed, open up Design Space and start a new project.
Insert a circle shape from the Shapes Library, unlock it, then change the height and width to the same measurements that you took at the beginning of the project.
Duplicate it and change the colors to reflect a similar color that you painted inside of the ornaments.
These will be your templates for designing and sizing your decals.
Next, insert a text field and type the word “HOLLY”. Of course, feel free to use any other words that you want to.
Change the font to the new Skinny Custard Lemon Cake font that you already installed, then duplicate the text field – changing the word from HOLLY to “JOLLY”.
Now you get to play with the Offset feature in Design Space. Select one of the words and click on Offset at the top menu.
Immediately you will see a light blue outline around your text; this is a preview of how large or small your offset will be.
Use the slider to create the offset that you like best for the word, taking note of the size for the next word, then click on Apply.
By default, your offset will be applied ungrouped and black – I like to group them together right away so that I don’t accidentally move anything.
From over on the layers panel at the right, you can play around with color choices. As I made a matching set, I alternated the colors of my ornaments. Have some fun and find a color combination that works for you – and your own vinyl supply!
All that’s left to do is to size them on your templates. Because they are naturally different sizes due to the letters, you can select them both and drag the arrow inwards in order to reduce them while remaining in proportion.
Delete the templates as you will not be needing them any further, then click on the Make It button!
On the digital mat screen, the decals will be sorted by their color. On each mat, move the decal over if they are too close together to make it easier for separating them and weeding afterward.
On the material setting screen, choose the best setting for your type of vinyl – however, due to the skinniness of the font, I highly suggest using the Washi Sheet setting.
Load up your mat and cut! You can weed as per your usual methods, or alternatively, if you find that you are struggling with weeding you can use the reverse weed method. Happy Crafters, who are one of the suppliers that I purchase my vinyl from, has a great tutorial on this handy method.
Apply your transfer tape to the text, then layer the text onto the offset. Set aside until your painted ornaments are ready for application.
When the paint inside of the ornaments is completely dry, put the tops back on and you are ready to put on the decals!
When applying vinyl to a curved surface, it’s best to apply them by lightly pressing down on the center first, then slowly moving outwards. This will allow you to ensure that there are no creases, folds, or bunching up of the vinyl. If you do have a small area that is creased, not to worry! Vinyl is stretchy so you can carefully lift it back up with your weeding tool, pull slightly, then simply replace it.
Once the decal has been applied, burnish with a felt-covered squeegee to make sure that the vinyl has adhered with no air bubbles.
With your decals applied, grab some ribbon and a drop or two of hot glue and place a pretty bow on, or you can simply wrap some glitter ribbon around the top as I did…easy peasy!
Enjoy the newest addition to your ornament collection…and maybe make some more? 😉
Keep on Crafting! 💖