Are you ready to learn how to make this easy Mickey Mouse ornament using your Cricut machine? If you missed my post yesterday, I shared that I will be showing how to create your own character Disney Christmas ornament. You can check out that post by clicking HERE. Today’s character is my favorite . . . Mickey Mouse!
To start with, find a Christmas ornament design and shape that you like. If you want to use the exact same one that I am using for this project, you can download my free SVG file HERE. If you have never used a SVG file before, please read my information HERE about how to download them, save them and upload them to Design Space.
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Mickey Mouse Ornament Step By Step
Once you have the basic Christmas ornament SVG uploaded into Design Space, click on the image and adjust the size. I decided to make mine 5″ in height. You can either drag the double arrow in the lower right corner of the image to resize, or enter the exact height you want in the Size area on the top panel. I circled the size area in blue at the top of this image for you to make it easy for you to find.
When you click on the image, you will noticed that all of the pieces of the Christmas ornament will resize together. This is because I have grouped them together. Since I am going to want to alter the white piece, I am going to click the Ungroup button in the upper right corner, indicated with the blue arrow in the image below. Ungrouping the layers will allow me to more easily work with just the white layer.
Using Slice In Cricut Design Space
Now I want to cut the white layer in half so that I can use it to look like the pants for this Mickey Mouse ornament . To do this, I will use Slice, which allows you to cut something. I want to cut the white layer in half, and only use the bottom half of it as Mickey’s pants. If you need a reminder sheet as to what the various action buttons do, you can download one for free HERE.
For Slice to work properly, you need to have two and only two items or layers selected. One layer is what you are cutting or slicing and the other is what you are using to tell Cricut Design Space where you want that cut, or what portion you want cut away. To do this I am going to go to the Shapes button on the left hand side of the screen. I have it circled in blue in the image below. I am going to insert a square, which I am pointing out with the blue arrow in the image below.
Next I resize the square so that it is large enough to cover the upper half of the white layer. I then select both the square and the white layer at the same time. You can do this either by making a window around just the square and the white layer, or by picking those layers from the layers panel on the right hand side of the screen. When picking directly from the layers panel on the right, you will need to hold down the shift key on your keyboard to pick more than one layer.
Once you have these two layers selected, you will see that the Slice button in the lower right corner of the screen will be activated. I point it out with the blue arrow in the image below. Click on that to slice the white layer in half.
Now that the white layer has been cut in half you can click on the lower half and go to the color box under Operations and change the color of the lower half to red. I show this color box with a blue arrow in the image below. Next you want to delete the square and the upper half of the white layer. I have both of these areas marked in red in the image below.
Adding Buttons to our Mickey Mouse Ornament
Now we need to add the buttons for the pants to the Mickey Mouse ornament. If you click on the word Images on the left, you can then search in Cricut Design Space for a button image. If you want to use the exact same button I used type #M314E4 into the search box. Otherwise you can search the word button to find a button image you like. Insert that into the Design Space canvas, change the color of the button to white and resize it to make it the size you need for this Mickey Mouse ornament design. I made my buttons just under 1″ in diameter.
Once you have the first button the color and size you want we need to make a second copy of that button. You can do this by either right clicking on the button, which opens up a pull down list like the one shown in the image below. Select the Duplicate option from this pull down. I have it pointed out with the blue arrow in the image below. Duplicate is the same as doing a copy and paste function all in one step. The other way to duplicate something is to use the Duplicate button in the upper right corner of the screen, which I have circled in blue for you in the image below.
After you duplicate the button and place that next to the first button, you are ready to click Make It. The Cricut will sort all pieces that are the same color to be cut on the same cutting mat. Once everything is cut it is time to move on to assembling your Disney Christmas ornament.
Mickey Mouse Ornament Video
If you would like to see a video of how I designed this Mickey Mouse ornament in Cricut Design Space you can view this short video. I find when you can read the steps and then watch a short video it helps the whole process come together and makes it easier to understand.
Assemble your Mickey Mouse Ornament
Once all of the pieces for your Mickey Mouse ornament are cut out, it is time to put it all together and assemble it. In the image below you can see all of the pieces, along with my tape runner, Zig glue pen and a red marker. What is the marker for? Let me show you!
Here is a little tip that I like to do with my paper crafts. Some cardstock is made with a white core, so when you cut it you see that white on the edges of your cuts. I show this in the image below. What I like to do is grab a matching marker and just run the tip of that marker around the edge of the cut piece. This is commonly called inking your edges. You can see in the image below where I applied ink from the marker and where I did not. I feel that this gives the whole project a more professional look.
Once the edges are inked, I do like to set that piece aside and let the ink dry a little before I attach it to my project. There is nothing worse than having wet ink smeared on your crafting project! Then I applied double sided tape to the back of the red piece with my tape runner, and placed it over the lower half of the black piece. Remember to place it so that you leave that little border of black around the edge of the bottom piece.
Now it is time to add the smaller details like the gray top of the Mickey Mouse ornament and the buttons. For these I use my Zig glue pen. I love these pens! This fine point pen allows me to put the glue right where I want it, and then place the pieces over the top of the glue.
Mickey Mouse Ornament Ideas and Inspiration
Since I made this Mickey Mouse ornament out of cardstock they would be perfect to use as gift tags on your Christmas gifts. Pick a Disney character for each member of your family and then all of their gifts are tagged with their favorite character. If you have small children or pets, and are worried about fragile ornaments being broken, making these cardstock ornaments might be a great option for you.
Another idea would be to make a variety of Disney Christmas ornament designs out of iron on vinyl and apply them to a Christmas tree skirt or table runner. Leave me a comment and let me know which character you would make and how you would use them for your own Disney Christmas decorating.
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.