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screen printing craft vinyl silhouette cricut ornament

Re-purpose your stash of mason jar lids into DIY Christmas ornaments this holiday season.  With screen printing using your Cricut or Silhouette, you can easily and inexpensively make these in bulk.  Cut your design in vinyl once and you can make countless prints in a matter of minutes.  These ornaments would be perfect items to sell in your craft fair booth or Etsy shop.

Supplies Used in This Tutorial

DIY Ornament screen printing with craft vinyl speedball

Instructions for Making Mason Jar Ornaments

  1. Cut your design on your Cricut or Silhouette.  I use Oracal 651 vinyl which attaches well to the screen using this transfer tape.
  2. Screen print the design on your fabric using Speedball Fabric Ink.
  3. Allow the ink to dry, then cut out your designs adding 1-inch of extra space around the design.
  4. Glue the fabric to the lid disc of your mason jar.
  5. Add twine or ribbon to the metal band. This will be what allows you hang your ornament.  I added a couple beads to mine.
  6. Attach the lid to the metal band.
  7. Add your accent pieces like faux cedar sprigs and berries.

mason jar lid christmas ornament

Process Video

Tips for Screen Printing on Fabric

  • After you lift your screen from one area of the fabric, be careful as you choose where to place it next.  If your screen is going to come in contact with wet ink, quickly dry those spots with a heat gun.  This will prevent your good prints from smearing or smudging.
  • When placing your vinyl on your screen, make sure you space the designs far enough apart so you have room to cutout each circle.
  • Allow your screen printed design to dry overnight (or speed up the process using a heat gun or fan).  Speedball fabric ink should be heat set to make it permanent, however since I will not be washing or getting the ornaments wet, I skipped this step.  If you are selling your ornaments, I would heat set them just to be on the safe side.

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