Hybrid Holidays | Diecut Ornaments

December 19, 2013

Welcome to day 4 of Hybrid Holidays, where I've been sharing a few of my last minute hybrid holiday creations.  Today I've got a fun ornament idea that could also be used to make Christmas tags for your gifts!

My oldest really wanted his own tree in his room this year, so we got a small tree for him and we've had some fun making ornaments together over the past few days to decorate it.  Aside from some fun spin art ornaments and the ornaments he's made in school, I decided to make these dimensional die cut ornaments to hang on his tree as well.

To make these quick and easy ornaments I used this Ornament Cut File and Template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs and the White Christmas Kit from Celeste Knight.

What you'll need:

  • Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
  • Printer
  • Silhouette Cameo (or other diecutting machine)
  • White Cardstock
  • Christmas Word Art or Patterned Paper of Choice (Digital or Physical)
  • Twine
  • Adhesive
  • Foam Squares

DISCLAIMER: The instructions below are for a Silhouette Cameo, but if the necessary adjustments are made these ornaments can be made with almost any diecutting machine.

  1. Decide on patterned papers/word art that you would like to fill the centers of your ornaments with.

  2. Open the Ornament Back template and word art/papers of your choice in Photoshop and clip them to each of the ornament backs.

  3. Save your ornament designs and open them in your  Silhouette Studio software.

  4. Open Ornament Back cut file and layer it over your design so that the cut lines correspond.

  5. Set the registration marks for your document and print (2) copies of your ornament designs using the Studio software. (NOTE:  the registration marks should print out on the page, so that the Silhouette can read them and cut out around your printed designs.)

  6. Now cut out both pages of your printed designs with your Silhouette.

  7. Next open the Ornament Front cut file in your Studio software and layer it over your printed designs just to make sure the lines correspond--resize if necessary.

  8. Once you've checked the size, copy the cut lines for your ornament fronts to a new cut document.

  9. Cut two sets of ornament fronts from white cardstock.

  10. Glue the corresponding printed designs back to back using your adhesive, so the design can be seen on both sides.

  11. Using foam squares layer your ornament front cuts over top of both sides of your printed ornaments for a nice dimensional look that can been no matter which way your ornament happens to be turned.

  12. Now thread your ornaments with twine and hang them from your tree!


Happy Holidays!


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