Last weekend, I had some friends round to stay for a couple of nights. It was the first time in freaking aaaages that I’ve seen them, and it was awesome! We spent the weekend browsing Christmas markets, scoffing homemade pizza and catching up. Perfect weekend really.
As a little welcome gift for when they came to stay, I decided to make some DIY Christmas jumper decorations. I do think it’s little things like this that make guests feel extra welcome when they visit. I even personalised their decorations with their name! Cos I’m crafty and hospitable like that. 😉 The best bit? They were waaay quicker and easier to make than you might think – and I’m gonna teach you how to make your own. Ready? Let’s get crafty…
DIY personalised Christmas jumper decorations
- Cricut glitter card
- Plain white card
- Pritt Stick glue
- Twine to hang up with
- Cricut (you can win one here!) – or alternatively a craft knife
What to do
- Start off by creating the design for your personalised Christmas decorations. I searched the Cricut image library and found this cool Christmas jumper design – I love it! You could also search Google images, Etsy downloads, or even draw your own.
- When you’ve settled on a design you like, you need to add in your recipient’s name. On the Cricut Design Space, I did this by selecting the image and clicking the “contour” button. This let me remove some of the jumper pattern, to create a bit of space for the name. I then added a layer of text and resized it to fit. Simple! If you aren’t using a Cricut, you can use software like Photoshop, or draw it by hand.
- With the Christmas design now personalised, it’s time to cut it out. The key thing to remember here is that you will need TWO cutouts; one will be a mirror image of the other. With a Cricut, simply duplicate the image and flip it horizontally, then cut them out on glitter paper like normal. If you are cutting by hand, print a template and use it to cut out one glitter shape, then flip the template over and cut another.
- Once you’ve got your glittery card shapes prepped and ready, you need to cut out a piece for the centre. This part is optional, but I wanted to add a bit of extra thickness to my decorations (and I like the contrast of the white card against the coloured glitter). Simply cut out another shape, just like step 3, except ONLY cut around the edges and one of the holes at the top. (The hole at the top is where you’ll thread the twine to hang it up later).
- So now you will have three layers: glitter card, white card and a mirror image glitter card. All that’s left to do is stick them all together with Pritt Stick (I find this the least messy!), then tie on a loop of twine or string. Ta-dah!
I can’t quite express the joy these lil’ DIY Christmas jumper decorations bring to me! They’re totally addictive to make, too. I’m actually going to make these for everyone instead of Christmas cards this year. What do you think? Do you love them as much as I do? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 – Mike.
P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to WIN a brand new Cricut machine! You’ll be able to use it to make these DIY Christmas jumper decorations, just in time for the big day!
Don’t forget to Pin this image so you can make them later!
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