Things You'll Need
- Fabric, vinyl or paper
- Spatula tool
- Christmas ornaments
- Decoupage paste
The Cricut personal die-cutting machine is a tool that cuts letters, phrases and shapes using pre-programmed cartridges. The cartridges offer an array of design options to help you create your own personal monogram theme using Christmas ornaments. The Cricut machine works with materials such as paper, fabric and vinyl, making your monograms easy to apply to a variety of Christmas ornament surfaces.
Press "Power" to turn on your Cricut, making sure the machine is plugged in. Lay the monogram keyboard overlay on your Cricut.
Load the monogram cartridge into your Cricut machine. Position it so the label faces outward.
Press the paper or fabric for your monograms onto the Cricut cutting mat. For fabric, iron interfacing to the wrong side to add stiffness for ease of cutting.
Feed your cutting mat into the Cricut machine, lining it up with the front rollers to position correctly, then press the button labeled "Load Paper."
Press your chosen monogram letter using the machine's keypad.
Set the size for your monogram letter using the machine's size dial located on the right front of the Cricut.
Press the "Cut" button to cut your monogram letters, then hit the "Unload Paper" button to eject your cutting mat from the machine.
Remove your monogram letter from the cutting mat using the spatula tool.
Prepare your ornament by painting it, if desired. Let the ornament dry completely.
Apply decoupage paste to the surface of your ornament, then position your monogram letter. Press down to adhere it to the ornament's surface.
Apply decoupage paste over your monogram letter to protect it.
Cut a length of ribbon approximately 3 to 4 inches long. Attach it to your ornament for hanging.
Use a material with some flexibility, such as vinyl, for applying larger monograms to rounded ornaments. It allows you to slightly stretch the material to adhere better to the rounded surface.
Using adhesive-backed paper allows you to create ornaments more quickly by skipping the decoupage step. Spray-adhesive products also work to adhere monogram letters with substantially less drying time.
Cynthia Gaffney started writing in 2007 and has penned tax and finance articles for several different websites. She brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and business ownership. Gaffney holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and business economics from the University of Southern California.