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I love Christmas. Without a doubt it is my favorite time of the year. Christmas music, holiday cheer, searching for the perfect gift… and the magic. Becoming a parent allows me to see the magic of Christmas in a whole new light. Bean is 6 years old this year, and the magic of Christmas is alive in her heart. She can’t wait to see Santa this year for photos, she’s over the moon excited for Elf on the Shelf and she’s already trying to decide what to put out for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve.
I love giving handmade gifts at Christmas, both gifts that I make myself and gifts that I buy that someone else has made by hand. I have a hard time keeping the gifts a secret. I want to show them off the moment that they are ready.
Christmas Crafts With Cricut
This month is our final month of the Cricut Designs Space Star Challenge. Our theme was “The 13th Day of Christmsa”. I thought long and hard about what I would make for my project. I decided it had to be a gift for my girl who keeps the magic of Christmas alive and well in her heart. When people talk about how many reindeer Santa has they say he has 8 reindeer, people forget about the 9th reindeer, Rudolph. Similarly no one talks about the 13th Day of Christmas 😉 so I decided to make a Rudolph design.
I wanted to put a new twist on Rudolph. I love how bucks and faux antlers have become such a decorating trend. The whole hipster ski lodge vibe is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest so I decided to give Rudolph a hipster twist by making him a dashing buck in silhouette with a glittery red nose. Cricut has a beautiful selection of Iron On Vinyl. I decided to make Rudolph’s body in Silver Iron On Glitter and his nose in Red Iron On Glitter.
Want to learn how to make a Hipster Rudolph shirt of your own? Read on, and hop over to Cutting Machine Crafting to get this free cut file! It’s great for so many Christmas crafts, not just shirts!
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- Upload the Rudolph Cut File from Cutting Machine Crafting to Cricut Design Space. Measure your shirt to see how big you want your image to be cut. Size your image accordingly by clicking on the image and using the arrow button that appears in the bottom corner to size, or by using the sizing boxes in the toolbar. Click "Make It" and follow the prompts on the screen. If you care about what direction your reindeer is facing, you will want to use the mirror slider under the cutting mat on the left hand side of the screen. You will want it facing in the opposite direction that you want it on your shirt since HTV cuts from the back.
- Cut Rudolph’s body out of silver glitter heat transfer vinyl (or the color you would prefer), and Rudolph's nose out of red glitter heat transfer vinyl (or the color you would prefer).
- Weed out the vinyl that isn’t part of your design leaving your design on the clear plastic backing
- Position your design on your shirt vinyl side down (sparkle and plastic backing faced up). Use your Cricut EasyPress or Iron to adhere the HTV to your shirt using the heat settings recommended for the HTV you are using.
- Once Rudolph's body is firmly adhered to your shirt, remove the clear plastic barrier and repeat step 4 with Rudolph's nose.
I love the way the shirt turned out and was even happier once I saw it on Bean. She didn’t want to take it off and wore it to school the day after our photo shoot. When her teacher told her how much she liked her shirt she exclaimed “My Mommy made it for me!” Her teacher was blown away that it was custom designed and handmade.
This easy 15 minute project is perfect for beginners and is so cute for Christmas!
Ready to see all the awesome projects my crafty friends made?
My Cricut Design Star Challenge team, Team Lucky #13 all put together some amazing DIY gift ideas! Please visit all of their posts to be inspired for some great DIY Christmas gifts.
1. Merry & Bright t-shirts from Tricia of Suburban Bitches
2. Holiday Wall Decal from Melissa of The Sweet Escape
3. Paper Christmas Trees from MJ of Pars Caeli
4. DIY Vinyl Mugs & Ugly Christmas Sweater from Andrea at Andrea’s Notebook
5. Pin the Beard on the Gnome game by Katie of That Girl Katie
6. Hipster Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Shirt by Crystal of Sew Creative
7. Swans a Swimming Purse by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family
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