Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Acrylic Christmas Ornaments (A quick and easy DIY!)

Make your own acrylic Christmas ornaments with this easy tutorial. 

These ornaments are engraved and then embellished with wooden beads and ribbon.  

A quick and easy DIY project to make this holiday season. It also makes a great gift for neighbors, friends or loved ones.

diy acrylic Christmas ornaments


ACRYLIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS (A QUICK AND EASY DIY!)

I've been wanting to try the engraving tool on my Cricut for quite awhile. I was intimidated because it was something new and I didn't exactly know how it would go. 

Do you ever do that? Put off a project because you're not confident in how it will turn out? I do it all too often. 

Don't put off engraving any longer. It's easy and fun!

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We put these ornaments together for part of our young women's Christmas party. I etched the designs beforehand and the girls added the ribbons and beads to make their own special ornament.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED TO ENGRAVE THE ACRYLIC ORNAMENTS

You do need to have a Cricut Maker to be able to use the engrave function. 

I am not a graphic designer. So I often turn to Etsy to find SVG files I can use in my projects. They are pretty inexpensive and are automatic downloads, so I can start the project right away. 

Below are the SVG files I used:

Type "round ornament svg" into the search bar in Etsy to find LOTS of different options.  You could also search google or pinterest for free svgs.

SUPPLIES NEEDED TO ASSEMBLE THE ORNAMENTS

I used ribbon that I got from Hobby Lobby and Joann. 

I used a variety of wooden beads. 

The red and white beads were found in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. 

The natural wood beads and the gold and silver beads were both from Amazon. I've included links to them below.

When looking for wooden beads online it's hard to tell what size they are from the pictures. I recommend getting beads that are between 10-18mm for this project.

supplies for acrylic ornaments


HOW TO ENGRAVE ACRYLIC ORNAMENTS USING A CRICUT MAKER

First, engrave the acrylic blanks.

Remove the plastic protective layer from the top of the ornament. I leave the protective film on the back side until I've finished engraving it. 

Determine where you will place the ornament.

I lined up the edges of the ornament so the edges were close to the 1 and 4 inch lines both vertically and horizontally. 
Since these ornaments are not quite 3 inches wide, there is a little bit of room between the ornament and line, I tried to get the spacing as even as possible.

Once the ornament is placed, add some masking tape along all four edges. Be careful that the tape is close to the edge so it doesn't interfere with the engraving. 

Many of the tutorials I've seen use tape all the way around. I don't think that is necessary. I've made dozens of these ornaments and 4 pieces has worked fine for me. 

I even reuse the tape for the next ornament. I simply lift the tape enough to remove the ornament and insert the next one.

adding acrylic ornament to cricut mat

Now head to Cricut Design Space. 

Upload the file and open into a new project. 

screenshot of cricut design space with descriptive text overlay
Select the engrave option.

Adjust the width to 2.5 keeping the proportions the same. 

Select the image and click attach.

Click make it.

screen shot of cricut design space with descriptive overlay
Be sure to click mirror the image (Especially if there are words in your image)

Center the image between the 1 and 4 inch lines.

Click continue.

screenshot of cricut design space with descriptive text overlay


Now it's time to select the material. In the search bar, type acrylic.

It will bring up two options. For these ornaments, I used the 1 mm thin option.

Make sure you have the engraving tool in the machine, insert the mat and let the Cricut do it's magic.

engraved acrylic ornament


Remove the tape from the edges of the ornament. You can use the sticky side of the tape to clean up the tiny shavings on the ornament.

ASSEMBLING ACRYLIC ORNAMENTS

You could simply hang the ornaments with string, but it's fun to add some embellishments.

Mix and match ribbon and beads to come up with different color schemes to match your d├ęcor. 
adding ribbon to ornament


Thread the 1/8 inch ribbon through the ornament. 

add beads to ribbon

Insert both ends of the ribbon through the wooden beads. Slide the beads down to meet the ornament.

making diy acrylic ornaments

Tie a knot at the top of the ribbon.

diy acrylic ornament


Tie the 3/8 inch ribbon around the smaller ribbon between the wooden beads and the acrylic round.

diy acrylic engraved ornament

Trim the ends of the ribbon and hang on the tree.

These are so fun to get creative with different colors. 

diy acrylic engraved ornament


Gold and red are classic Christmas colors.

diy etched acrylic ornaments


I love this one with the different sized wood beads and the red, green and white ribbon.

diy acrylic ornaments


This one has a neutral look. This Believe design was the favorite at our young women's activity.


diy acrylic ornaments


Play around with different sized wood beads. 

diy acrylic ornaments


I love the red and white combo on this one.


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Don't forget to pin it!!
 collage of acrylic ornaments

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acrylic engraved ornaments

acrylic Christmas ornaments

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