Make Personalized Family Christmas Ornaments With Glowforge Aura™ or Cricut With This Step-By-Step Tutorial and Free Editable Files.
Are you ready to make customized family ornaments for Christmas? Well, look no further! I’m sharing a bundle of free downloadable digital files so you can make your own personalized ornaments this year.
This bundle features 26 designs and editable files, so you can customize them to fit your needs perfectly!
This is a sponsored post written in partnership with JOANN. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
These ornaments can be hung from your Christmas tree, displayed on a mantel or used as gift tags to decorate a beautiful holiday present.
I made these Christmas ornaments using my Glowforge Aura. To learn more about the Glowforge Aura, click here.
These SVG files are also compatible with Cricut machines! I'll also go over the steps to take to make these out of Kraft Board with your Cricut machine later in this blog post!
Characteristics of Glowforge Christmas Ornaments
Each gingerbread person measures about 5.5 inches in height and about 4 inches in width.
The design features eight gingerbread people, and each one has two layers. The first layer, which serves as the base- will be cut. Also, it includes the eyes, smile, and buttons that will be engraved.
The second layer takes the place of frosting will go on top of the first layer.
This design features an assortment of adorable, traditional Christmas ornaments. The sizes vary from 3-5 inches in height and width. Each one has 2-5 layers, depending on the one you create.
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What Do the SVG Files Include?
The Gingerbread Man Christmas Ornament SVG includes (8) unique Gingerbread people.
The traditional Christmas Ornaments SVG File includes 18 ornaments: (7) ball ornaments, (1) sleigh, (5) family of reindeer ornaments, and (5) stockings over a fireplace ornaments.
There are so many to choose from!
What Materials Did I Use?
I used light 12” x 12” Proofgrade® materials that Glowforge provides. I recommend that you use this material with your Glowforge Aura machine because you will get the best results.
Proofgrade materials are laser-ready and have a QR code in the bottom right corner- Glowforge will scan the smart-coded sheets and adjust your Glowforge settings in the App for you, so no need to manually adjust the settings!
What if I'm Using Non-Proofgrade Materials?
If you are using non-Proofgrade materials, I recommend you do test cuts before cutting out these designs by manually changing the Engrave and Cut settings in the Glowforge App.
To do this, click on Unknown Material in the top left corner, select Use Uncertified Material, and enter the material thickness.
Then, click on each layer, select Manual, and change the Speed, Power, Lines Per Inch, number of passes, and keep testing it until you're satisfied with the results.
Before we start, look over the supply list.
- Glowforge Aura
- 12” x 12” Proofgrade Materials
- 6" Pieces of Ribbon or String
- DecoArt Americana White Acrylic Paint
- Wood Glue
- Glowforge Personal Filter
- Duct Tape
- Windex Wipes
- Magic Eraser
- Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint
Uploading SVG files to Glowforge App
Download the Christmas Ornaments SVG files and open the Glowforge app (app.glowforge.com).
Click on Create a New Design in the top left corner of the window, select Upload a File, and upload with the gingerbread man or the traditional Christmas ornaments SVG file.
Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments
When you upload the Gingerbread Man Christmas Ornaments to the Glowforge App, you will notice three layers to the left of the workspace.
Thanks to Aura VisionTM, you can preview the designs on top of the material on your screen.
Click on the layer with the eyes, smile, and buttons, and make sure the layer type is on Engrave.
Click on a different layer and change it from Engrave to Cut. Do this to the last layer.
Pro Tip: Always have the layer you are engraving at the very top of the layers. The Glowforge will work in the order you put the layers in. For example, if you put a cut layer at the top, it will start with that.
I recommend you put the Engrave layer at the top so that the machine engraves first and then cuts around the etched design.
To move the Engrave layer to the top of the layers, all you have to do is click on the layer and drag it to the top.
Next, place your material inside your Glowforge Aura, close the lid, plug it in, and let your Glowforge machine connect and get ready to cut.
After the Glowforge calibrates, automatically adjusts settings and auto-focuses, it's time to cut!
Traditional Christmas Ornaments
After uploading the Christmas Ornaments SVG file, you can pick and choose the ones you want to cut and add text to engrave such as a last name or holiday quote.
To add text to engrave, all you have to do is select the "T" in the tool bar, click anywhere in the workspace, and type whatever you want in the "Your text here" box. You can change the font, weight, size, and more.
Then, change the layer type from Cut to Engrave and place the text on top of the design you want to engrave onto. Select both the text and design by holding down Shift, and group them by pressing Cmd->G on your keyboard.
Cut out Christmas Ornaments
I always like to set the focus again before printing by clicking on the three dots above the workspace, selecting Set Focus, and clicking on an area of the workspace. Doing this will help with alignment, finding the precise distance, materials thickness, and more accurate and precise cuts.
Remove any scraps on or under the crumb tray before printing.
Finally, click Print in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
When a button starts flashing blue on your Glowforge unit, press it.
Let the Glowforge do all the work!
Afterward, wait a few minutes for the fumes to go down.
** If your Glowforge Unit isn't attached to a Glowforge Personal Filter, be sure the unit is exhausting outdoors when operating. Before doing so, please check your local air-quality regulations as well as with your neighbors. **
Assemble Christmas Ornaments
Open the lid, remove your cut material, and pull out all the pieces.
Pro Tip: To take off the masking of the Proofgrade material, grab a piece of duct tape, place it onto the material, and pull both away from the cut pieces.
Next, sand down the ornament pieces. Take a piece of sandpaper and gently sand the piece. I also like to take a Windex Wipe and wipe everything down to remove unwanted burn marks.
You can choose to paint your ornaments before or after assembling. I’m painting mine before I start gluing all of them together.
Pro Tip: Use a magic eraser to remove burn marks from your cut pieces.
Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments
For the gingerbread people, I’m painting the second layer white for the frosting and leaving the bottom layer as is (or you can stain it a darker color).
Then, I start gluing my pieces. Take the second layer, apply a wood glue to the bottom of it, and stick it in place on top of one of the gingerbread base pieces.
Finally, grab a 6-inch ribbon or string, loop it around the circle cutout at the top of the gingerbread piece, and tie the ends together.
And there you have it, a cute gingerbread character ready for the tree!
Traditional Christmas Ornaments
For the rest of the Christmas ornaments, feel free to paint or decorate them however you want! Basically, repeat the steps we took to assemble the gingerbread people.
I spray painted all of my traditional Christmas Ornaments- it's faster and I think the results are better. Here's a side-by-side comparison of spray painted vs pieces I painted with acrylic paint.
Paint your Christmas ornament pieces and let them dry.
Then, glue the layers with wood glue (I used Gorilla Wood Glue).
Then, grab a 6” piece of string or ribbon, pull it through the circle cut out at the top of the ornament, and tie the ends together.
Now, it’s a proper Christmas tree ornament.
Download Christmas Ornament SVG Files Here!
Cutting Out Christmas Ornaments with a Cricut Machine
- Cricut Machine
- Strong Grip Mat & Standard Grip Mat
- Heavy Chipboard, Kraft Board, or Foil Kraft Board- Holographic
- Bearly Arts Craft Glue
- Scraper Tool
- Weeder Tool
To get started, upload the SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app. Open the app and click New Project in the top right-hand corner of your screen.
Click Upload in the bottom left of the workspace, and upload the SVG files by clicking Upload Image and selecting the files.
Next, ungroup the gingerbread people by right click on the design and select Ungroup or pressing Shift + Cmd + G (Mac) or Ctrl + Shift + G (Windows) on your keyboard.
Then, I'm going to select all the layers that have the buttons and eyes, and change it to white. To do this, press Shift on your keyboard, select each layer, click on the color swatch above the canvas, and change the color to white.
Feel free to change the size and color of you gingerbread people. Once your happy, select Make in the top left-hand corner of your screen and follow the instructions.
Place your material onto your mat. I used Kraft board and Foil Kraft Board. If you're using regular cardstock (light or medium) I recommend using a Standard Grip Mat; If using Heaving Chipboard or a type of Kraft Board- use a Strong Grip Mat.
When using Heavy Chipboard, tape all four corners of the material to the mat to keep it from moving while your machine cuts.
Load your mat into your Cricut machine by pressing the load button, and clicking the play button or Cricut button to start cutting.
Once your machine has finished cutting, unload the mat from the Cricut, gently peel the material away from the mat, and reveal the cut designs.
Now it's time to assemble the Christmas ornaments! Using some craft glue (I'm using Bearly Arts Craft Glue), and glue the layers together.
Pro Tip: Use a pair of tweezers to help attach small details onto the bases.
And that's it! You've made your own Christmas ornaments using your Cricut machine!
Finished Christmas Ornaments
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