Christmas is still a few months away, but last year, I was so rushed in December that I promised myself I would start earlier this year. I always make ornaments for our parents and grandparents, so that was the first task to tackle. These wood photo ornaments are made with iron on, which adheres to the wood much better than vinyl. I can’t believe I haven’t used this on wood yet!
WOOD PHOTO ORNAMENTS
All you need for this project is (affiliate links):
To start, go into Cricut Design Space and start a new project. Click “Shapes” on the left, and draw a circle that is the size of your wood slice, or .25″ larger than the diameter if you are using a scalloped piece.
Next, click “Upload an Image”, and upload the photo you want to use. Select “complex” as the image type, and then select the cut type as a “Print and Cut”.
Arrange your circle over the portion of your image that you want to use on the ornament.
Click “Slice” (bottom of the right hand layers panel).
Move the circle, and underneath the circle, your image will be cut into a circle. Delete the extra layer of your image, and delete the original circle. All that will remain is the circle shaped image. Then hit “Make It”.
It will print on your printer, and then place on your mat and have your Cricut machine cut out the circle.
Use the transfer tape to pull up the circle and throw out the excess. Arrange it over your wood slice, and heat up your EasyPress.
Using the EasyPress
This was actually my first project using my EasyPress, and I immediately remembered why I was so impressed at the launch in Salt Lake City! It was way easier than using my iron. There were actually no settings listed for using the printable iron on with wood, but all types of iron on required the EasyPress to be set at 300 degrees for 40 seconds, so I tried that and it worked great.
Seriously, you guys. If you use HTV or iron on vinyl at all, you NEED an EasyPress. Ah-maz-ing. The iron on was secure and evenly adhered across the whole design – no lifting corners!
40 seconds later, my image was permanently attached to the wood. I cut “Christmas 2017” out of red glitter iron on and used the EasyPress to adhere that as well. Then I used a craft knife to cut around the scallops of my wood slice. (And I know what you’re thinking – why didn’t I just cut the scallops out with the Cricut, and to be honest, it was because I didn’t want to be bothered lining all of those edges up exactly.)
All that’s left to do then is add some twine and hang it up on a tree. Isn’t it adorable? The EasyPress makes it so simple to whip out a whole bunch of these at one time, which knocks a major task off my to-do list for Christmas.
Have you tried the EasyPress yet? And if not, what would you love to create with it?
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