I am always looking for ways to make more Christmas ornaments for my tree. I don’t like to go out and just buy random ornaments, I want each one to mean something to me. Does anyone relate to that? I think that desire is one of the big reasons that I DIY in the first place. My whole house is filled with things that I have made and that have special meaning to me and my family, and I wouldn’t have my Christmas tree be any other way. Anyway, here’s how I made this awesome DIY Subway Art Christmas ornament using my Cricut machine:
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DIY Subway Art Faux Suede Christmas Ornament
- Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine
- Cricut® 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats, 2-pack
- Cricut Rustic Faux Suede Sampler
- Cricut Access Membership Plan
- Multi Pen Set, Black
Step 1: Designing the Subway Art Ornament
Find your design in the Cricut Access library. If you want the same text I used, type “religious christmas” into the search box (as indicated by the red arrow.)
Click on add image and it should go into your canvas. Now you want to find the image for the ornament shape as well. I used a tag image #M3C136 and just adjusted it to the size I wanted. You will want to duplicate this image and make one slightly larger to create the red piece for the backing.
Alright, so now you have the pieces you need, move them into place on the canvas.
You will need to click on the small images on the right and make sure that the writing is set to WRITE and the tag images are set to CUT. There are little icons of a pen and scissors to help you differentiate quickly. If you need to change it, or even the color of your image, then click on the icon and it will give you options. You also want to select the type of pen for the writing.
Once in place, click on “Attach” so that it connects them all together and will draw and cut them exactly as you have them set up. If you don’t click attach it will keep them all separate when drawing and cutting and nothing will be lined up. Don’t make this mistake!
Step 2: Prepping for Write and Cut
Okay, once everything is ready, click on “Make It” and it will take you to the page that shows you what it is drawing and cutting, and where.
This screen is where you will be able to tell what is cutting and writing and when. Here you can see that the first layer is DRAW and CUT, and I want this on the light tan faux suede so that is what I’ll put onto my mat. You can see the next layer would be the red faux suede being cut, so after this first step it will instruct me on how to do the next layer. Once you’ve made sure that everything is as you want it, go ahead and click continue!
I forgot to get a screen shot of this one, but all you have to do is make sure your machine is connected, select the type of material from the list, and follow the instructions for loading the mat and pressing the feed and Go buttons when prompted!
Step 3: Writing and Cutting
In addition to prepping your mat, you’ll need to add the pen you are writing with to the A slot as you can see.
Here is an image of it starting to write! It’s such a cool process to watch and it’s incredibly precise!
More writing! You can’t tell from this image, but it also cut out the tag shape.
Okay, so peel off the excess faux suede. Remember to remove the small circle that makes the hole for hanging.
And there you have it! Layer one done!
As you can see, it’s pretty glittery. I really like this glitter pen.
Time for layer two! Place your red faux suede onto your cutting mat, load it, then press Go to cut!
Step 4: Assembling and Finishing!
Now just use some Fabri-Tak to glue the two pieces together!
Add some twine as a hanger.
And now you have a beautiful, customized subway art suede christmas ornament!
What do you think? Would you make one? Please do and share photos! Remember to join my Hazel + Gold DIY Community on Facebook, it’s a great place to share your newest projects or ask questions!!
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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.