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Making and giving custom personalized gifts is one of my favorite things during the holidays. I also absolutely love decorating my home with personalized things that are unique to my home and that you will not find elsewhere, so these DIY Personalized Holiday Stockings were one thing I am adding this year.
After a long year of many personal life changes and transitions, I knew I wanted to change things up. Our old stockings were something I made by hand over the years as we added kids and pets to our family. They were a labor of love, but they were also very religion based and this year I am planning a more secular holiday celebration.
The colors I’m using this year are also a bit more neutral. I found these amazing stockings for a great price on Amazon that fit perfectly with the look I am going for. That being said, they are very plain so I wanted to add a little character and personalization. Here is how I did it!
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- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Standard Grip Mat
- StrongBond Foil Iron-on
- Cricut Tool Set (optional)
- Iron or EasyPress 2
- Burlap Stockings
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a great machine. My favorite feature is the ability to connect my phone via bluetooth. Other great features are:
It cuts a huge variety of materials. Everything from vinyl, iron-on, paper and cardstock to more special materials such as glitter paper, thin cork, and bonded fabric.
It has a FastMode that cuts 2x as fast as normal. If you’re cutting a special material you want to use the normal speed, but something quick and less precise can be cut really quickly!
There are two tool storage areas on the machine that are really handy for tools and accessories.
Using Cricut’s design software Design Space®, this was a quick and easy project to make. I simply typed the names and selected the font that I wanted. I used a font available through my Cricut Access Membership, but you can also access fonts you have on your system.
If you want to open my project and edit it to have your names but keep the font the same, here is the link: DIY PERSONALIZED HOLIDAY STOCKINGS DESIGN
I actually designed this on a computer but went back to my phone to set up the actual cutting in order to show you that the Bluetooth is incredibly convenient.
Again, be sure your image is mirrored! You want to do this any time you use iron-on.
Next, click on Make It, select the material on the knob on your machine, Load your mat that has the iron-on vinyl shiny side down, and press the Cricut button on your machine.
Watch it cut your design!
Weed all the negative space from the words. Cut the names apart by cutting the clear plastic.
Place the iron-on name where you want it on the stocking and use an iron to press it onto the fabric.
I used the thin end of my ironing board because it allowed me to put a good solid pressure on the cuff of the stocking. The layers of fabric made it hard to give it a good press, so this was the best solution I came up with.
Be sure to check Cricut’s website for the temp and time for your materials. For these exact materials press it for 25 seconds and wait to peel the plastic off until it is cooled.
There you have it! Beautiful DIY Personalized Holiday Stockings for the whole family; pets included!
What do you think? Too simple? Just right? My 6 year old asked if she could add some more “spirit” to hers, so I’m going to find a couple things just can glue or pin on there. But the rest of us like the simplicity and neutral tones.
If you like this project, please share it on social media. Here is an image you can pin to Pinterest.
Thanks for reading! Get out there and create something!
Maker. DIY Blogger. Artist.
Sheri has been creating all of her life in various ways and finds great purpose and empowerment in creating something new. When she’s not in the workshop or craft room she is making memories with her husband, four kids, perfect dog and ornery cat.