Tutorial and Free SVG for creating Disney Themed Ornaments
About three years ago I ran across these cute Disney ornaments by a friend of mine, Jackie of Delightfully Disney. I have always thought about these ornaments and wondered how I could add onto the idea.
Then I discovered vinyl cutting my my Cricut and I had that ‘aha’ moment. I started to focus on the Fab 5 (for now) and this idea was born. Now I am sharing it with you to see how again you can add onto it and make it your own.
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what you will need to make these ornaments
Clear Ornaments – Either plastic or glass ornaments will work fine. I went with plastic because there are many little hands in my house and I was afraid because these ornaments look so cute they could end up shattered on the floor.
Extra Fine Glitter – Extra fine glitter works best and you can use any brand. You will find that using this glitter will make your ornaments more sparkly than any store bought out there. They are geourgeous!
High Gloss Polycrylic – There are tutorials out there for using Mop ‘n Glow but I had no luck with that. I found that the Minwax polycrylic was much easier to work with and the glitter stays on.
Vinyl Scraps – The nice thing about these ornaments is they use scraps of vinyl. You can use either removeable or permanent vinyl. Colors I uses were: yellow, green, black, red, white and blue.
Personal Cutter – I used myCricut Explore but since I used an SVG file any personal cutter will do the job.
Ribbon – These are optional but adding a bow to the ornaments really added a finished look to them.
Tool – Items that are handy for putting everything together include a small funnel, tiny paper cups and a small paint holder.
Making the Glitter Ornaments
these are so easy you will be making them by the dozen
For this step you will need the polycrylic, ornaments, glitter, funnel, paint holder and funnel. Since soooo many people have made videos of how to do this I am going to be lazy and just show you one of theirs.
As you can see from my set up you can create your own assembly line and just keep the ornaments coming.
Fun Tip: Don’t worry if the glitter gets a little mixed up. Having a touch of different glitter adds depth to the ornament.
For this tutorial all you need are 5 ornaments. One for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy. But don’t let that stop you from creating your own and adding on to the collection.
Cutting Out the Elements
create your own or use the free svg file
As I mentioned above I used my Cricut Explore to cut out all of the elements. You can create all the elements from png and jpg files you can find on the web.
For a typical round ornament the elements will need to fit in a 2.5 inch wide x 2 inch high box. But you can resize them as you see fit.
patience is a virtue when weeding
Once you have all the pieces cut out you will need to weed out the unnecessary vinyl. The good news is that vinyl is much easier to weed than paper. The bad news is that the signatures can get tricky.
Be patient and have good lighting as you work the signature.
Hint – Use both tweezers and a pick as you weed. That way you can use one to hold down the pieces as you remove the surrounding material.
Layering on the ornament can be a royal pain in the neck. An easier way to make sure you get the image you want is to use contact paper and build your layers before you put them on the ornament.
Just remember to layer the items starting with the bottom layer first. Then just burnish each addition layer on until everything is in place and ready to be placed on the ornament.
Bonus – I created the layers to look hand drawn. This means you don’t have to line everything up perfect. Being a little off center actually adds to the image. You’re welcome!
Putting It All Together
vinyl is more resilient than you think
The next step is to place the layered vinyl image on the ornament. You will want to start from the center and work your way out.
Tip – Cut slits in the contact paper to make it easier to lay the vinyl flat. And if you need to don’t be afraid to pull the vinyl to make it lay flat. You really can move it around a bit without affecting the image.
Like before, I am lazy so here is a video with good tips for adhering vinyl on curved items.
Once you have the image on the ornament burnish the image and remove the contact paper.
adding an extra touch
In this example I added bows that matched each of the images. I used a bow template to create the bows and then a glue gun to quickly place them.
You can do that or add any other embellishments you have laying around. Let your imagination run free.
The Finished Product
This is a quick project. Should only take an hour or so. And at the end of that you will have ornaments that are the envy of any of your Disney friends.
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