How To Make A Ribbon Christmas Ornament

A tutorial for making a beautiful ribbon Christmas ornament.

I am participating in the 2018 Ornament Exchange hosted by My Pinadventures. The lovely lady I am partnered with is Gail Griffin from Purple Hues and Me. So obviously, I made her a purple ornament. I really enjoyed making this ornament and I hope she likes it as much as I did making it. 

materials for ribbon ornament

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Begin by cutting strips of each color of ribbon to 3″ lengths. The video that accompanies this tutorial will show the process and have a few tips included.

cut and roll ribbon for ribbon ornament
Roll the ribbon strips around your finger and use a straight pin to place it onto the styrofoam ball.

ornament in process for ribbon ornament
Place each rolled ribbon onto the styrofoam ball at different angles.

add hanger for ribbon ornament
Use a longer strip of ribbon to hang the ball from your tree.

finished ornament for ribbon ornament
This is a close-up of the finished ornament.
While it was made for a Christmas Tree, it would also look nice hanging from the center of a doorway the rest of the year!

The video tutorial for this ribbon ornament:

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How to Make a Mid-Century Modern Christmas with Cricut

Making mid-century modern Christmas ornaments with Cricut.

Being big fans of Mid-Century Modern decor, many years ago we bought a silver tree. We have a green one too and each year we decide which one to use. We let our daughters decide. The 3D gem shapes from the Sprinkles and Confetti collection at Cricut reminded me of Mid-Century Modern so I used them to create Christmas tree ornaments. Using hot pink and light green cardstock added to the modern theme. Our tree needed a modern feeling tree topper so I used the star design from Indie Art from Cricut to create a paper topper. Follow along as I work through the process of making DIY Holiday decorations for our tree.

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The files used for these projects have been saved in Cricut Design Space and can be accessed through the following links:

Ornaments 1 (dark pink)

Ornaments 2 (teal)

Star topper

scoring cardstock
The scoring blade is essential for making these ornaments. 

cut cardstock
Cut and scored ornaments.
Use extra caution removing them from the mat, they can easily tear.

fold on score lines
Fold all the score lines.
I found working from the middle to the outer folds worked best.

glue edges
The Best Glue Ever worked well for gluing the ornaments together.
Using the Medium Point No Clog Writing Cap application tip applied the right amount of glue.
Holding the pieces together for a few minutes was all that was needed for a tacky adhesion.

leave to dry
Let them dry thoroughly.

add wire for hangers
Using a thin wire, I cut lengths of about 6 inches to create a hanger.

bend a knot at the wire end
Bend the end of the wire into a “knot”.
Feed the end of the wire through the top of the ornament.

create a hook
Fold the wire in half, twist, and then fold into a hook shape.

ornaments on the tree
Ornaments hanging on the tree.

Now onto the Star Tree Topper

cutting the kraftboard
Cutting the Kraftboard with the Fine point blade.

using red tape
After cutting 2 stars, cover 1 with red double-sided tape.

cut foil ready to transfer
Cut out 2 of the pinwheel designs onto Adhesive foil, weed, and apply transfer film.

transfer the foil vinyl
Apply the film to each of the stars.

adding the wire to the star
Using a long length of wire, twist it together for additional strength.
Remove the red film for the tape.
Place the folded wire onto the star. 

join the 2 stars together
Join the two stars together making sure the wire is sealed in place.

star on the tree
The finished star on the top of the tree.

all together on the tree
The ornaments and star together on our tree.

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How to Make an Alternative Halloween Pumpkin with Cricut

Make an alternative bucket pumpkin with Cricut.

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I was intrigued when I first saw the bucket camping lights people were making. We don’t camp so I thought they might be a great alternative to a carved pumpkin as a DIY Halloween Craft. So I pursued how to make the bucket lights and changed it a bit for an alternative Halloween Pumpkin with the assistance of my Cricut Maker. I used the Cricut to cut out the bats from vinyl and felt. The Cricut Maker has exchangeable blades that were used. The Rotary Blade‚ĄĘ, with its gliding, rolling action, cuts through virtually any fabric and I used it for the felt. I used the Fine Point blade to cut the permanent vinyl. Both of these blades come with the Maker, there are additional blades available.


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cutting vinyl for alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Begin by using the bat template from Cricut for cutting vinyl. Using an entire sheet of 12 x 12 black vinyl, cut out this design.

bats - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Bats after being weeded.

cover bucket - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Using the bats like a sticker, apply them to the bucket in a random design.

cut felt - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Cut out the felt.
Using the same design as the vinyl. Edit the file to only have the medium sized bats.
Then cut the felt with the Rotary Blade.

glueing felt - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Glue two felt bats together.
Follow the next step before gluing together.

using wire - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Place a rolled wire between the two felt bats.
Allow them to dry overnight.

join wires after glue dries - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Bundle the wires together.

ribbon rolls - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Decorative ribbon from Dollar Tree.

making bow - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Using both entire rolls of ribbon, make a bow.
Wrap the wire from the felt bats around the bow.

bow to lid - alternative pumpkin with Cricut

This is where it gets a little tricky.
I tried hot glue and super glue to attach the bow to the lid.
Neither worked.
I then drilled a little hole in the center of the lid, wrapped another wire around the bow,
and fed it through the lid to hold the bow in place.

finished bat bucket - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Here is the Alternative Halloween Pumpkin or “Bat Bucket” done.

bucket with light - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Here is the bucket with the light inside turned on.

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Valentine Candy Boxes

Do your kids give valentines to their friends? I haven’t heard what our school is planning this year but I love making something special with my daughters for them to give to their friends. This year we made these cute paper candy boxes to hold Lindt Chocolate Truffles. What a special little treat, I don’t think anyone will turn it down!


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Download the free SVG file linked below. I was able to get four on one page.
The black lines cut and the red lines need to be changed to score.

This is an example of the cut file. Turn the design away from yourself, place the two pieces with the hearts together, take one of the other side flaps and place it over the heart shapes to hold the box together. Insert the Lindt chocolate and finish closing the box.


Yeap, we made a lot of them. 

While the boxes were complete, for my youngest daughter, we made a heart tag to place on top.
The Maker wrote the words and then cut the shape.

If you would like the SVG for the heart you can download it here. [heart tag]

Love and Kisses

Modern Art

Decorating for Valentine’s Day or just showing someone you love them? You can create this piece of modern art with just a few steps. I’ve placed mine on our fireplace mantle. 

This project is a part of Tape Technologies Design Team for the month of February 2018. We were asked to design using their brushed metal vinyl. This project used Red and Silver. The graphic is one I created and will offer in this post as a free svg.



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Use the SVG file linked above and upload it to cut on your personal cutting machine. 

transfer film
Use transfer paper to prepare the vinyl for application to the canvas. 

silver vinyl

red vinyl
red vinyl

Aline and burnish the vinyl onto the canvas. Place the silver vinyl first and then the red. 


The project is finished!

Tape Technologies Vinyl is sold through a variety of retailers as well as on Amazon with the name StyleTech.

Heart Boxes

This is an example of the sixty some odd heart boxes we made for Valentine’s Day. Who were the lucky recipients? Kids in my daughters’ classes and their basketball teammates. What was inside? Those famous lip balm balls everyone is talking about, a mustache whistle and a valentine gumball. Some boxes were filled with spritz heart cookies as well. We had so much fun making them, we worked in a production line fashion. This was from last year. This year, we need to come up with something similar to place those yummy Lindt Chocolates into. That post will be coming soon.

A few more of the boxes finished. 


  • Valentine-themed scrapbook paper
  • personal cutting machine (I used a Cricut Explore Air 2)
  • or scissors
  • free svg file or free printable template (both are linked below)

Special thanks to  Cricut for providing the Cricut Explore Air 2 in order to produce posts similar to this one. 
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The files we used were from The Craft Chop and you can use them too. Oh, did I mention they were free? 

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Heart box SVG file post:

Make a Swirly Heart Valentine Card with Cricut

This post is a part of the Cricut Valentines Event Jan 2018 sponsored by Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts, and Jen with 100 Directions. For this link party, I created a Swirly Heart Valentine Card. The post includes a free SVG file so you can make your very own card.


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The SVG file contains two different paper cuts. Cutting the white card first, remember to change the line to score and insert the scoring tool into your machine.
Take your time removing this from the mat, the swirl cuts are fragile and can tear easily.

Next is the red or pink paper. I chose a two-sided piece, solid on one side, and patterned on the other. The pattern will show inside the card.

Place a Glue Dot or adhesive in each corner. You don’t need the Advanced Strength, it is just what was handy.

This is the inside of the card. I chose for the pattern to show here for added detail. I didn’t want the pattern to conflict with the swirls of the heart pattern.

It’s finished!

Make sure to take some time to visit the other participants in the party. 
They will be posting Valentine’s Day projects every day during the week of January 8 – 12!

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How to Make 3D Snowflakes with Cricut

Learn how to turn a mirrored image into a 3D ornament just like this snowflake with Cricut.

The thing I like most about snowflakes besides no two being alike is that they are great for winter decor. They work for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, or a general winter theme. 

Using any mirrored image, you can turn it into a 3D shape. Snowflakes work for this idea. In this post I will show how I took a simple snowflake cut in Design Space and by adding a score line then making multiple cuts, it can be turned into a 3D hanging decor. 

Make one large snowflake to hang in a doorway or from a light fixture, or you can make multiples to hang all together to cover a larger area or make smaller versions for Christmas tree ornaments.

Read to the end of the post where you can enter to win a Cricut Maker Machine. 


  • glitter cardstock – 2 sheets
  • snowflake
  • Personal Cutting Machine – I used a Cricut Explore Air 2
  • glue
  • twine, string, or fishing line to hang the Snowflake

I wanted to thank Cricut for providing my cutting machine in order to create posts using their products.


This is an Explore Air 2 – Easy one-Cut Holiday project. One shape that is cut multiple times to make the ornament. In the video below you will see how you set up one snowflake to cut and then you can tell your machine to cut multiples of that one image. The software knows where to place it on the mat to use the optimal amount of surface space without wasting any materials. 

The following video will show you how I set up the snowflake file in Design Space.

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Cutting the snowflake shapes on my Cricut Explore Air 2.

cut snowflakes
The cut snowflakes, starting to fold them in half. This task needs to be done gently.

A folded snowflake.

glue and string
Attach the folded snowflakes with glue and insert a string for hanging.
I intended to piece together six snowflakes, when I got to five, there was no more room for another one.

The finished snowflake.

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How to Make Origami Boxes for Ornaments and Gifts

Making origami boxes that work for ornaments and gift wrapping. Learn how to make your own.

I enjoy Origami and when I saw this box form, I thought, “this would make a great ornament.” As I was making them, I then realized they could also double as wrapping for a gift because they can be opened up. What an excellent idea to hang little gifts on the tree or make a lot of them for an Advent!


  • scissors
  • decorative paper
  • ruler

This post is a part of the Creative Craft Bloggers Group monthly craft challenge. For the month of December, we were challenged to make ornaments. At the bottom of this post, you can see all the entries and links to their tutorials. 


six sheets
You will need six squares of paper. I used 6″x6″.

1st fold
Using one piece, fold it in half and then open it back up.

2nd fold
Fold each side into the centerfold.

both folds
Both folded.

flip it over
Turn the paper over.

Diagram 1, fold C to F

Diagram 1, fold B to E

Diagram 2, fold D to E.

Diagram 2, fold A to F.

Make six.
See the following video for an example of the folding and then how the pieces fit together.

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Winter Hat Christmas Ornament

Fun hat ornaments made from toilet paper rolls and yarn. Learn how to make your own.

These cute Winter Hat Ornaments are easy to make. They only take a few items that you probably already have at home and they are easy enough to make with children. Use one kind of yarn or a variety to create a striped hat. The options are really endless by using a variety of different yarns. This is a great craft to use up leftover project yarn.



  • yarn
  • scissors
  • tissue
  • toilet paper roll


toilet paper tube
Cut a 1/4 to 1/2 inch loop from the toilet paper roll. 

cut yarn
Cut lengths of yarn about 10″ long. I wrap around my thumb and pinkie fingers and then cut on of the loops.

loop through
Fold one piece of yarn in half. 
Place the loop through the tube. 

ends through
Put the ends of the yarn through the loop. 

pull tight
Pull the ends tight. 

full tube
Continue to do so until the tube is full of yarn. 

Using one more strand of yarn, collect all the yarn ends and tie a double knot, very tightly. 

stuff tissue
Stuff a balled-up tissue into the hat to fill out the shape. 

Trim the top “poof” of the hat and play with it to get the desired fullness. 



  • You can use different colors of yarn to create a striped pattern if you desire.
  • Different yarns will create a different look, acrylic versus wool, etc…
  • You can use another piece of yarn to hang your ornament or insert a wire hanger into the top of the hat.
  • Instead of an ornament, use the hat to top off a bottle of wine.
  • Decorate a present using the hat like you would a bow.