DIY Wood Ornaments with Cricut Maker and Screen Printing

Nov 23, 2020 | Cricut Projects, Project Ideas, Screen Printing, Vinyl Projects


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screen printing vinyl on wood cricut

Do you have a Cricut Maker on your wish list this year? I absolutely love mine!

Most people think they are only for cutting vinyl and paper. But, there are so many other projects you make with it.

In this project, I will show you how to make your own Christmas ornaments out of basswood cut on your Cricut Maker.

cricut maker basswood project idea tutorial how to cut

Cutting Wood on Your Cricut Maker

When I first opened my Cricut Maker, wood was one of the materials I was most excited to be able to cut. 

It’s amazing to watch!  Using the knife blade and the strong grip mat, the Cricut Maker cuts with precision. 

I used a basic 3″ circle with a smaller inner circle to create my own wood ornament blanks.

cricut maker cutting wood basswood knife blade

Now it’s time to personalize them! 

This has been a year to remember, so why not create an ornament to remember 2020. 

“Stuck at Home for the Holidays” sums up how COVID is impacting us all this year.  I downloaded this fun design from on Etsy.  You can grab this design and follow along with this project.

screen printing ornaments tutorial

Prepare Your Screen Printing Frame

Import the SVG design into Cricut Design Space and cut it on Oracal 651 vinyl.  Don’t forget to mirror the cut!

Just like screen printing on t-shirts, transfer the weeded vinyl to the back of your Speedball screen printing frame. I like using the hinge frame setup for this type of project. 

Using the hinge frame makes it much easier to align your blank ornament under the screen, especially when you are making more than one. 

Before you add ink to your screen, align one of your ornaments under the vinyl.  Adjust it until it’s in the perfect spot.  Now, outline the ornament with a pencil to mark this spot.

Once ink has covered your design, it is difficult to see through the screen.  This outline will make it easy to place your next blank in the proper spot under the screen.

screen printing acrylic speedball tutorial hinge frame

Screen Printing on Wood

Place a scoop of ink above your design and squeegee the ink towards you using a graphic squeegee.  I have found that one squeegee of ink is all you need to cover the design.  If you add too much ink here, you’re likely to see some bleeding under your vinyl. 

Repeat the process until you have printed as many ornaments as you would like.  This is where screen printing really surpasses adhesive vinyl.  With this one vinyl design on your screen, you can print tons of ornaments. 

If you are looking to make a bunch of ornaments to sell or gift to all of your friends, this screen printing process will make it quick and easy!

screen printing on wood cricut vinyl how to tutorial

Add the Finishing Touches

Speedball acrylic ink dries quickly.  Unlike fabric ink, there’s no need to heat set acrylic ink.  Once it’s dry, it’s time to add the ribbon and hang your ornament on the tree!

 

screen printing wood ornaments bulk idea

Watch the Process of Screen Printing on Wood

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