If you are looking for some quick and easy DIY Disney Christmas Ornaments to make for a gift exchange then this project is perfect for you.
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Disney Christmas Ornaments Supply List
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- Cricut cutting machine
- Cricut cutting mat
- Weeding tools
- Embroidery hoops – I used the 3″ size for this project
- Scraps of Christmas fabric
- Heat Source – I prefer a Heat Press
- Black HTV/Iron On Vinyl (links below)
I prefer to use Siser brand vinyl for my iron on projects. I feel that is the best quality brand of iron on vinyl out there, and it weeds the easiest. For permanent vinyl I like StarCraft vinyl.
Over the years I have gotten Siser vinyl from a variety of places, including My Craft Source. When you shop at My Craft Source be sure to use code ShawnMosch to get 5% off your order!
I have also ordered from Expression Vinyl and Heat Transfer Warehouse. All of these stores carry Siser brand vinyl and I love that I can order large rolls or small sheets. This can give you a larger variety of choices and allow to to save money on larger orders. To make sure you are getting the best price for your vinyl, make sure to check out my Vinyl Buyers Guide.
Design your Easy DIY Disney Christmas Ornaments
I knew I wanted to use some phrases for these Disney Christmas ornaments that could work for a Christmas phrase and a Disney phrase at the same time. Words like Believe, Dream, Magic so I started by going into Cricut Design Space and clicking on images to search for just the right phrases. I also knew that I would need a Mickey Mouse icon, so I added one of those also.
If you look at the layers for the Mickey Mouse icon, there are two of them that are turned off. If you look on the layers panel on the right hand side of Design Space you can see the eyeball icon for these layers has a line through it. That means that they are turned off or hidden. I am going to click on those eyeball icons to turn those layers on.
For this project, I am only going to need the top half of the Mickey Mouse icon, so I am going to delete the black full icon and the white shadow for that same piece. I have pointed out these items on the layers panel to the right in the image below. You can simply click on the layer on the layers panel and then click the Delete button in the upper right corner of Design Space to remove these.
Now I am going to select the two remaining layers, the top half of the Mickey icon and the shadow piece for that same image. Once I have both of those selected I will click on the Slice button in the lower right corner of Design Space, which I have indicated with a blue arrow in the image below. Remember, you can only have two items selected for slice to work. This is why I had you delete the layers that we did not want to use in the step before, to make the Slice function easier to use.
After you slice you will have some pieces on the screen that you will not need. You can delete the images that I have marked with a large orange X in the image below. Then click on the thin white frame of the top of the Mickey Mouse head that is left and go to the top of the screen and change the color to black.
Now I want to remove that horizontal line on the bottom of the Mickey Mouse ears To do this I am going to use Slice again, but I need to tell the Cricut where I want to slice the Mickey. I am going to insert a square from the shapes button on the left side of the screen. Then I will place that square so it covers the bottom line of the Mickey Mouse icon. Now I can select both the Mickey and the square at the same time and click Slice, which I have indicated with the blue arrow in the image below.
Now you can delete the square and the line that used to be on the bottom of the Mickey icon. Since I know that I am going to want these Mickey ears on three of the images I am going to click on the Duplicate button that is in the upper right corner of Design Space. The other way to duplicate is to right click on the image you want to duplicate. Duplicate is basically the same as doing a copy and paste of an image, but it does it all in one move.
Take each one of the Mickey Mouse ears and place them above the different phrases. You can enlarge them and rotate them slightly so that the sides touch some of the letters in the phrases. Then select the word and the Mickey ears at the same time and click the Weld button in the lower right corner of Design Space. I have it shown with the blue arrow in the image below. Weld joins anything that is touching or overlapping into one thing.
After everything is welded together you will need to resize all of these images so that they will fit on our completed Disney Christmas ornaments. Since I purchased 3″ embroidery hoops, I am going to go to my Shapes button and insert a circle. I change the size of that circle to be 3″. Now I can place each phrase over the top of that circle to determine how big I want it. This is a great way to sort of make your own template for sizing things. Once you have the size just how you want it, you can delete the circle.
Disney Christmas Ornaments Video
Since I know that some people like to follow along with a written tutorial and others like to watch a video, I like to provide both options for as many of my projects as I can. Below is the video of how I designed these EASY DIY Disney Christmas ornaments in Design Space. You can also find this, and other helpful tutorials on my YouTube channel HERE.
Cutting the Vinyl
For this project we are going to cut the phrases from iron on vinyl, also called HTV. Before you cut the phrases make sure that you mirror your image. This is because you will be cutting from the back side of the vinyl so if you do not mirror the image your design will cut backwards.
Once it is cut you can weed away the excess vinyl that you do not need. Do not forget to remove the vinyl from the centers of the letters like a, b, d, e, g, l and o.
Assemble your Disney Christmas Ornaments
Once you have the sayings cut and weeded for your Disney Christmas Ornaments, you will apply them to the scraps of Christmas fabric with a heat source. I like to use my heat press. Since these are for ornaments and will not be worn or have the wear and tear of going through the laundry you could probably use a home iron instead.
When you apply the sayings to the fabric be sure to not place them too close to the edge of the fabric. It might feel like you are wasting fabric by placing them like this, but you will need that extra around the sayings for placing the fabric into the embroidery hoops.
Loosen the silver piece at the top of the embroidery hoop frame. Once that is loose enough the center of the hoop frame will pop out so you have two pieces to your frame.
Place the inner piece of the embroidery hoop under the fabric and try to center the saying for your Disney Christmas ornament over that piece.
Now you can grab the outer piece of the embroidery hoop frame and place it over the top. Since these Disney Christmas ornaments are all made of fabric, you can easily shift things slightly so that you get the design as close to the center as you can. Once you have the design centered how you want it, tighten the silver clamp at the top. I also like to tug at the fabric slightly to really tighten it up in the embroidery hoop.
Once everything is tight and secure, you are going to flip your ornament over and trim away the excess fabric. Trim as close as you can to the embroidery hoop frame. After you have everything trimmed, grab some glue. Even good old fashioned Elmer’s school glue will work.
Run a small amount of glue around the back of the embroidery hoop right over the tiny edge of fabric that is left. This will ensure that the fabric does not start to fray and come out of the hoop. While the glue is wet if you would like to take your finger and smooth the fabric to the center of the hoop this will help to ensure you do not see any of the excess fabric from the front side.
Allow the glue to dry and add a string to hang them and your ornaments are done! I told you these were going to be easy DIY Disney Christmas ornaments! And what a great way to use up scraps of fabric.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that you stop back every day from now until Christmas to see what other Disney Christmas crafts I have planned for you! I am doing 25 Days of Disney Christmas Crafts to inspire you to add more Disney to your life while using your Cricut for crafting. If you want to see the whole line up of crafts you can go HERE.