Christmas · Cricut

Floating Christmas Bulbs with Cricut

Last week  saw a tutorial for Christmas Ornaments that didn’t require using glitter or polyurethane or waiting and I made a mental note to play around with the idea.  Here is what I came up with.

Please note: This is NOT my original idea.  I could not find the original tutorial.  In an effort to explain how it works to my Facebook Group: “Cricut Newbies and Pros”, I slapped together this tutorial.

I apologize for the rush job, but it is just before Thanksgiving and I’ve got a million things to do.

So here is a Floating Glittery Christmas Ornament and it was made–on the cheap–with my Cricut Explore and a few, easy to find materials.

Materials needed:

  • 3″ plastic craft ornaments <–do get plastic as it makes this project very “kid friendly” and reduces the chance of breakage, available at Michael’s
  • Transparent acetate OR the cover to your Cricut mat!
  • Glitter vinyl
  • Glitter or ribbon, if desired

In Cricut Design Space, place a 2.5″ circle and a one half inch square together and weld together.  Here’s a screen shot of my project to show you what I mean:



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Cut this shape with acetate or your Cricut cutting mat using Custom Settings, Magnet Medium. I’m so sorry this picture is hard to see…

Design your image.  Put whatever you want.  I happened to have these designs from somewhere, so I used them.  Only “rule” is you need to keep your design within the shape of the acetate.  I used glitter vinyl to cut out my designs and then weeded it. I am not a big fan of weeding…

After weeding, adher your glitter to the acetate making sure the image does not overlap on your acetate. You may want to use transfer tape.

Next careful roll your design in a tube like so:

Make sure the square part is “last in” so it will be at the opening of the ornament.

Release the roll inside the ornament.  The acetate will unfurl, but you may want to use tweezers or another tool to adjust it so it is right in the middle of the ball.  That’s the “floating” part.

Replace ornament top or you can add glitter for more effect. Add a bow if you’d like, too!

And that’s it folks!  Super easy!!  Kid friendly and very inexpensive to make, too!  I hope you try it and let me know what you think.