Cricut: How to Make Personalised Christmas Decorations

If you’re looking to create some show-stopping personalised Christmas decorations, adhesive vinyl is ideal. There are hundreds of colours and finishes available so you can create truly one-of-a-kind decorations for your lucky recipients.

Top Tip: If you want to use Cricut Glitter vinyl on your decorations, make sure Strong Grip Transfer Tape » is used.

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Personalising Decorations with Text

Text can be added in three ways to your decorations, either by adding a text Image from the Cricut Design Space library, uploading your own illustrated image or using the font’s within Design Space. For this tutorial we’re going to be showing you how to use fonts within Design Space.

  1. Select the ‘Text’ menu from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

2. Choose your favourite font from the list. If you’re looking for a script-like handwritten font, Babette, Emiline and Chloe are two of our favorites. If you want something a little simpler Cricut Sans or Everyday Fonts – A is for Alice are both good options; we chose Emiline for our bauble.

3. Type the name of message into the text box.

4. To join each of the letters together, select ‘UnGroup’ from the ‘Actions’ menu in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. This will enable you to move each of the letters individually.

5. Move each of the letters one by one, so that they overlap the previous letter ever-so-slightly. We’e recommend leaving the first letter un-joined, but it’s completely up to you!

6. Once all of the letters are in position, drag a selection box over all of the letters and select the ‘Weld’ function from the ‘Actions’ menu, this will make the text one image and tell your machine to cut it as one rather than individual letters.

Top Tip: If a part of your greeting turns solid black, this is because one of more of the letters are too close to one and other, simply click on the ‘Undo’ button to cancel the weld function and move the letters slightly until you have just the text.

7. Using a tape measure, measure the area where you would like your name or greeting to go (also make a note of the height too).

8. Amend the size of your greeting/word to your width measurement, to do this open the ‘Edit’ menu and type the width into the box ensuring the padlock icon is locked so that the text re-sizes proportionately. Make sure to double-check the height does not exceed the height measurement taken in step seven.

9. Once happy with the greeting/name, click the green ‘Make it’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, you will then be taken through to the mat preview screen. Check everything is correct, then select ‘Continue’.

10. You’ll then be taken through to the machine setup screen. Click the ‘All Materials’ button and select the adhesive vinyl you’re using from the list. Follow the on-screen instructions to cut your design.

11. Once the design has cut, carefully remove it from the mat and use the pink weeding tool from the Basic Tool Set to remove the unwanted vinyl.

12. Remove the backing paper from a piece of Transfer Tape cut to the same size as your greeting/name. Apply over the top of the weeded design and position on your bauble. Run the scraper tool over the name/greeting to secure it to the bauble.

13. Gently peel away the Transfer Tape, leaving the name/greeting behind. Add your filling of choice to the other bauble half the clip the front half on top.

Personalising Decorations with Images

Adding images to your decorations is really easy, just like with text there are a couple of options available with regards to how this are added; you can either use images within the extensive library on Design Space (there are thousands to choose from!) or upload you own image. Here we’ll show you how to use an image and add it to your decoration. If you’d like to use larger, solid shapes like the reindeer below, flat decorations work best.

  1. Once logged in to Design Space, click ‘New Project’. On the canvas screen, select the ‘Image’ menu from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Type your desired keyword into the search bar at the top of the screen.

 

2. Using a tape measure, measure the area where you would like your image to sit, making a note of both the height and width. Open the ‘Edit’ menu for the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and amend height measurement, ensuring the padlock icon is locked. 

Top Tip: As a general rule, always use the largest measurement taken to make the adjustment in Design Space. Once the remaining box has auto-filled you can check to see if this is within your measurement previously taken. If the auto-generated number is larger than the measurement taken reduce the first measurement slightly.

3. Once happy with the image size, click the green ‘Make it’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, you will then be taken through to the mat preview screen. Check everything is correct, then select ‘Continue’.

4. You’ll then be taken through to the machine setup screen. Click the ‘All Materials’ button and select the adhesive vinyl you’re using from the list. Follow the on-screen instructions to cut your design.

5. Once the design has cut, carefully remove it from the mat and use the pink weeding tool from the Basic Tool Set to remove the unwanted vinyl from around the design.

6. Remove the backing paper from a piece of Transfer Tape cut to the same size as your greeting/name. Apply over the top of the weeded design and position on your bauble. Run the scraper tool over the name/greeting to secure it to the bauble.

7. Gently peel away the Transfer Tape, leaving the image behind. 

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