It’s that special time of year again, where you are participating in all the Christmas activities; decorating your homes, buying the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones, maybe baking and eating more than one stomach could possibly hold…you know all the things! And maybe, just maybe, you’re dreaming of a vacation from all the hustle and bustle or thinking of all the places you’ve traveled this year. I have a perfect craft for you to make. It’s a travel themed ornament to put on your tree to relive the memories of where you’ve been or where you aspire to travel to.
Let’s do this! Below you will find a supply list for this one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament:
- Alcohol Ink
- Wooden Ornament
- Adhesive Vinyl
- Transfer Paper
- Mod Podge-Mat Finish
- Paint Brush
- Weeding Tool
- Scraper Tool
- Paper Towels
First, download the Explore Travel file from Pen and Posh. Unzip that bad boy and upload it into your favorite cutting software. I am using Cricut Design Space. Once uploaded, change the dimensions to fit your own wooden ornament. Measure the diameter and make it a bit smaller, I changed mine to 2.8 in and let the software automatically change the size for me. Select the image and use WELD to make it all one piece for easier cutting and weeding later on. Click the “Make It” button. Add your adhesive vinyl to your cutting mat, choose the vinyl option from the menu with default pressure, load your mat into the machine and click the blinking Cricut symbol to start the cut.
Once the machine has done its magic, unload the cutting mat. Take off your vinyl and use the weeding tool to weed your design. Check to make sure all your letters are there and it looks good. Place transfer paper on top of your design and use the scraping tool to make sure that the transfer paper is adhered well.
Now to the fun stuff! Put on your gloves to protect your hands from the alcohol ink. (Things can get really messy). Grab your picture and ornament. You will need to place the ornament down on your picture and mark with a pencil where you should cut. Cut out the picture according to your marking with scissors.
Take your alcohol ink and squeeze a good amount onto the wooden round. It will work almost like a stain. Take your paper towels and rub it into the wood. Do the other side too if you’d like. Let the ornament completely dry before moving on. (If you’re impatient, like me, you can use a hair dryer).
Place your vinyl without transfer paper onto the ornament. Rub really well to adhere the vinyl to the wood. Flip the ornament over. Using a paint brush, get a good amount of Mod podge onto the wood round. This will be the glue that holds your picture in place. It is also going to ensure that your vinyl will not come up in the future. Place your picture onto the ornament and paint more mod podge on the top. It will go on thick and cloudy but dry clear. Flip the ornament over and paint more mod podge onto the vinyl side. Be sure not to lay your ornament down!! You don’t want it to stick to your workspace. Let it dry completely on its side.
Then come back and enjoy your masterpiece for your Christmas tree. It will be a cherished memory every time you decorate for the season, or give your something to look forward to if you made one with a picture you’d like to travel to.
We at Pen and Posh thank you for joining us and we want to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
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