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When looking to capture a moment in time this holiday season, skip all the photo designs and instead focus on the silhouette! See how to turn a simple paper mache ornament into a memorable keepsake when creating a silhouette Christmas ornament.
If you remember, this past Mother’s Day I gifted my mom a silhouette frame of my daughters and nephews.
While the names were underneath each figure, it was obvious to those who know our family who was who. I had turned this concept into an offering in my Etsy shop and was honored to do a bunch for Mother’s Day gifts in the weeks following and lots are headed out for Christmas too!
Since I already have the designs, I decided to make another special Christmas gift featuring these simple silhouettes for my mom. First I had the girls paint a paper mache ornament in the color of their choice: pink.
After it dried I went over to my Cricut Explore Air 2 and uploaded my silhouette designs. I had read a lot about doing vinyl projects on canvas and most suggested using HTV or iron on vinyl so that’s the route I went!
Since I do my designs in Illustrator and import them in as svg files from a vector art file (#artnerdtalk) I imported them as mirror images. Once weeding the vinyl (aka such a satisfying step) my designs were ready to transfer to the ornament.
Let’s me honest here folks. This is probably the first time I’ve used my iron in 6 months and it was for a craft project! I went ahead and ironed on all four sides and these silhouette Christmas ornaments were complete!
Yesterday we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family and I was able to gift these to her to hang on the tree for next year but will freeze their 2018 size forever.
Check out gift I made my parents using these same silhouettes!
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