With the holiday season upon us, it was time to start thinking about decorating our home. I asked my son if he wanted a particular theme this year and his instant response was “penguins”. I shouldn’t be surprised since his favorite stuffed animal that he always uses is a penguin. So a penguin theme it is!
I decided I wanted to put my new Cricut Explore Air to good use and make some ornaments like I have seen so many other crafters makings. They looked so cute, and wanted to incorporate our penguin theme into them. My first type of ornament I decided to make is often referred to as a “floating” ornament. I was able to pick up these plastic clear balls up at my local DollarTree store. Plastic is the only way to go in my home with an 8 year old and a very active cat.
First I needed to make the clear insert to go into the ball. The ball was about 2.5 inches in diameter so I just used a preset circle shape and made it 2.49 inches in diameter. I then added a 1/2 inch square at the top and welded the 2 pieces together before cutting.
I have seen other crafters’ use acetate or overhead film to use for the cut out. I used the plastic from the inserts in a photo album that I had laying around and it worked perfectly.
I was having trouble finding the perfect penguin design that I wanted to use. I finally came across a design on Etsy, that was exactly what I wanted. After uploading my file into Design Space, I resized it so it would fit on to my circular cut out.
Using Circut vinyl, I cut out each of the different colors and applied it to my insert.
Once the insert was completed, I rolled it slightly in order to fit it into the ball.
Now it was time to add some snow. I used snow that I also picked up at my local DollarTree. I taped the tab at the top of my insert to the bulb so that it didn’t end up slipping into the ball and getting stuck. I used a spare piece of paper to make a small funnel to pour the snow into. I must say, if you aren’t careful this snow goes EVERYWHERE. I swear a week later, I am still finding little pieces of it around my craft table.
I ended up pouring snow on to both sides of the insert for a more realistic look to it. I put the top back on and we were almost done.
To give the ornament a little more festive look, I used my hot glue gun to add some ribbon and a bow.
And within just few moments, I had my first penguin ball ready to go. My son loves it! Now to make enough for the entire tree.
We also decided to make additional penguin ornaments just using card stock paper. I used the same template but made it about 5 inches tall. I used spray adhesive and attached all the pieces together to assemble our penguins.
From there I gave my son free range to decorate and bling them as he wished. So far, these are what he has come up with.
I can’t wait to make more and get our tree set up and put our Penguin holiday theme into place. My son is itching to put the tree up now, but I always wait just a little closer to Christmas as our lovely cat often dismantles the tree once or twice after it has been put up. And I am sure I will come up with a few more penguin inspired additions as well.
Now that you’ve seen what the Cricut can do, it’s time to enter to win your own Cricut Explore Air 2!
Now it’s time to check out the other great Christmas Cricut Ornaments from my Canadian blogging friends!
From top left, they are: