This Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornament DIY will give your tree the perfect amount of simplicity while still being fun. And they will go with any Christmas decor whether it’s farmhouse or modern.
I have seen Rae Dunn mugs all over my Instagram feed. I think they are super cute. But I never seem to find any at my local Home Goods and TJ Max. I did find the puppies some new Rae Dunn food bowls, but that’s the extent of my Rae Dunn treasures.
If for some reason you are going, “huh? What the heck is Rae Dunn?” It’s a line of dishes that are beautifully simple and fun. Most pieces are white with a tall, skinny black lettering that say things like, “Wifey”, “Yolo”, “Latte”, and “I can’t even.” She also has Christmas pieces that say things like “Joy”, “Mrs. Clause”, “Deck the Halls”, etc.
They are just so super cute and fun. My mom and I are always on the lookout to see if we can find any. So when she sent me an Instagram post from @chelsea365 making Rae Dunn inspired Christmas ornaments I knew I had to make some of my own. She used glass balls, however with small children and dogs in the house I needed something more durable.
Cricut Black Vinyl
Cricut Transfer Tape
Cricut XL Scrapper
Cricut Weeding Tools
Cricut Bright Pad
So I decided to paint clear plastic Christmas balls to suit my purpose. I used these 2.6″ diameter clear plastic ornaments from Michaels. I painted them with vanilla acrylic paint. While they were drying I went to work on the words. I made a list of words and sayings that were Christmas themed. I used photos of Rae Dunn Christmas mugs from Instagram to kick-start this list. Once I had quite a few I narrowed it down to my 25 favorites, because I had 25 ornaments.
The font I used is called The Skinny and can be found on dafont. Please note that this font is for personal use only. If you plan to make some to sell you can get the commercial license on Creative Market for the font called Wanderlust, which is the same font.
Now, how large of a font you use will be determined by the size of your ornaments. I chose to keep all my longer words three inches long. So some shorter ones like “Joy” were big and tall while longer ones like “Bah Humbug” were a smaller font. “Joy” ended up being about 1.5″ long and I went down in font size from there. Then I cut them all out using my Cricut Maker.
Once they were cut it was weeding time. Let me tell you, that took what felt like forever. There were just so many letters and they were all so skinny they were trying to pull up with the negative that I was weeding out.
After you are done weeding to a happy dance and make yourself a cup of tea. You deserve it. Then get back to work by applying the transfer tape on top of the Christmas phases. Once it’s rubbed down really good it’s time to cut them all apart.
Now is the fun part. Applying the vinyl to the ornaments. This is where you can see all your hard work pay off. The trick to getting the vinyl ready to apply is to fold and unfold a corner until the transfer tape and vinyl backing separate. Then, peel the backing away from the transfer tape at a 45-degree angle. This should help the transfer tape hold on to the text better and allow the backing to release the vinyl.
Then you place the design right in the middle of the ball. I like to stick the very center down, then stick the middle of all the letters down. Finally I start in the middle and sort of ruffle the top and the bottom of the transfer tape to make the tops and bottoms of the letters a tiny bit closer. This will help the vinyl to all lay flatter on the curve of the ornament.
Once the letters are all rubbed down in place carefully peel off the transfer tape. Use a hook tool to peel up and adjust anything that needs a little extra attention. Then give it all a final press with your thumb and you are done!
How stinking cute are these ornaments? I absolutely love them. They turned out perfect.
Are you going to make some? I would love it if you tagged me.
Want to check out a video tutorial? Here’s a Facebook Live that I did on my Modern Makers page.
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