Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Cricut Craft Floating Silhouette Ornaments post. One of the more popular Cricut craft ornaments this year is the floating ornaments. I had never heard of them before now, but they are super cool! My inspiration came from Jennifer Maker. You can check out her post here: Easy Floating Ornaments with a Cricut. Let me show you my amazing floating silhouette ornaments.
The Acetate Insert Template
I have had a container of disk ornaments in my craft closet for a few years now. I was super excited to purchase them for some amazing project; wish I could remember what that was. A few years later and I now have another fantastic project to use them with!
My first stop was to download the pattern for the acetate center from Jennifer’s blog. She gives general sizes for popular disk and round ornaments, however, you need to do test cuts. Doing this will ensure you have the correct size for your ornament. I cut out the 70mm and 80mm shapes from Recollections Acetate from Michael’s. Unfortunately neither of them fit properly in my ornament. So in Design Space I created my own template with a 2.88” circle and an 0.5” square. After welding the shapes together, I did another test cut and it fit perfectly.
The Silhouette Shapes
After finding the correct template size, the fun can officially begin. I decided to use silhouette shapes that I designed for my ornaments. My first thought about color was, “If I make them with black, I won’t be able to see them on the tree.” So I cut my SVG’s with white Oracle 651 vinyl. They looked really pretty, but once they were on the tree, I couldn’t see the design! So I recut them with black Oracle 651 vinyl.
I also had issues when trying to apply the vinyl to the acetate. Once I had the decal on the medium tack transfer tape, the acetate just vanished from sight! A good example of that is the first ornament I tried to make. As you can see in the image below, I missed!
In order to take that photo, I had to place the ornament onto that piece of black card. That was my lightbulb moment, if I can see it to take a picture, I should be able to see it to place the vinyl on it. That’s all it took!
Filling The Ornament
There are many different options for completing these Floating Ornaments. You can insert the acetate center and leave them as is, or you can fill the ornament with glitter or artificial snow. I chose to use the artificial snow from Dollar Tree. It adds a little bit of sparkle without the dreaded glitter bomb going off inside of my house. To fill the ornaments I stood them up one at a time in an empty egg carton. After making a paper cone from a piece of scratch paper, I used a kitchen spoon to slowly add the snow. My husband asked me how much I was going to add. My response was, I’ll stop when my heart tells me to.
The last step in the process is to add the acetate to the ornament. The trick is to gently roll the acetate small enough to fit into the ornament’s opening without creasing it. When doing this, always remember to keep the square portion of the acetate center facing up. The ornament below was a little tricky to roll, there was a lot of vinyl in that image. After a moment of arguing with it, it was finally small enough to fit.
It is so satisfying when the acetate center pops open and fills the ornament perfectly. I also really love that bit of snow at the bottom. It adds the perfect amount of sparkle.
The Finished Floating Silhouette Ornaments
I can’t believe just how easy creating these floating silhouette ornaments was. They are still a little difficult to see and a bit frustrating trying to photograph them. However, I hope you will be able to see how pretty they are in the following images. The first ornament is probably my favorite of them all. This is the second stable and manger SVG that I created. While I really like the first one I created, this one is more rustic looking. The artificial snow is also a nice ground for the image.
This next ornament is created with elements found on Creative Fabrica. I would love to be able to give you a link for the tree and the deer, but I found these images earlier in the summer. When I did a search for them for this blog post, I was unable to find the exact images.
This tree and snowman image is just too cute for words. The tree is the same as in the ornament above, but the snowman is all mine.
The last floating silhouette ornament is another SVG that I created. It’s a little difficult to see because the “snow” got a little crazy in there.
Thank you so much for joining me for today’s Cricut Craft Floating Silhouette Ornaments post. Another fun option for floating ornaments would be to print a photograph onto a piece of transparency film. The possibilities are endless! Have you ever created a floating ornament? If you have, I would love to hear all about them! Drop me a line in comment section down below. Until then, have a wonderful week and I will see you in the craft room again soon!