LEARN HOW TO MAKE SHAKER ORNAMENTS FOR YOUR TREE OR AS GIFT TAGS.
I have admired shaker cards for while now and thought it would be fun to make shaker ornaments this holiday. They are really quite simple actually, and are a great way to add some sparkle and pizazz to the holiday season, especially this year. At the bottom of the post, you’ll also find some other great ornament files from my other blogging friends. I hope you check them all out. You could deck your whole tree with handmade ornaments this year. How cool would that be! Let’s talk about supplies for a minute.
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What paper do I need to make a shaker ornament?
You will want to use cardstock over paper to create your shaker ornament. You can use any weight of cardstock, but keep in mind the heavier it is, the more sturdy it will be. I would suggest a weight around 80lbs.
Where can I buy acetate?
I couldn’t find Acetate at Joanns, so then I went on a hunt. You can find it on Amazon, but I needed it sooner than I could receive it in the mail. I found out I could purchase it from my local Office Depot. I went to the printing section and they sell projector sheet and clear notebook covers. The projector sheets are much thinner than the clear notebook covers and easier to cut through, so that would be my suggestion. The clear notebook covers took quite a few cuts to finally get through. I probably should have used the deep cut blade instead of the fine point blade.
What can I put in a shaker ornament?
Choosing the items to go in your shaker ornament is the fun part. You can pretty much use whatever you like. Sequins, large glitter, fine glitter, styrofoam balls, confetti, and homemade confetti.
Quick links to information in this post
1. Materials needed to make a Shaker Ornament
2. Cutting Instructions
3. Shaker Ornament Assembly
4. Shaker Ornament Pattern (SVG, DXF, PDF, PNG)
Material needed to make a Shaker Ornament
- Two colors of card stock
- Foam (I’m using craft foam) optional
- Spray Adhesive or liquid glue
- Cutting Machine (Optional)
Prepare and cut your file
Download the file from my resource library and download it onto your device. You need to unzip it and then load into Cricut Design Space. The file also comes in DXF, PDF, or PNG if you’d like to use another cutting machine or cut it out by hand. These are designed to be about 4″ wide by 5.5″ tall, but you can resize them to your liking. These would be great as ornaments on the tree, or as gift tags with a little sentiment on the back.
There are four layers to the shaker globe, two layers for the base of the snow globe, and two layers for the hanger. The four layers of the bauble (from the bottom up) are cardstock, foam (to create depth), acetate, cardstock. You could go without the foam as a spacer, but I liked the extra space it gave for the sequins and glitter to move around. You can see those four layers here.
The acetate layer in the cut file is the light blue color and is slightly smaller that the other pieces so it will sandwich nicely between the pieces without poking out.
Assemble Shaker Ornament
Step 1. Front a back of globe
We are going to create a front and back piece of the globe. Start with glueing the acetate to the back of the front cardstock piece. In my example, I’m glueing the acetate to the back of the deer head piece. Next, I glued the foam onto the front of the back piece which is the full circle. To glue my pieces together, i used spray adhesive. I used it on the back of my deer head, and on the back of the foam piece. You could also use a liquid glue.
Step 2. Add sequins and glitter
Now you can add your sequins and glitter in the back piece that has the foam. The foam also keeps all the little pieces inside and easier to contain while constructing.
Then, using liquid glue, I glued the front and back pieces together. Rookie mistake: don’t squeeze the air out of your bottle over the sequins or the sequins and balls will fly out.
I try not to pick this up at all while I’m glueing it together. I don’t want any of my sequins or glitter to get stuck in the drying glue. Let this sit until it’s all dry.
Step 3. Add stand and hanger
Now you need to glue the two pieces for the stand together, and the two pieces for the hanger together. These are two layers each to give it more stability.
Glue them in place at the top and bottom of the globe.
I loved how easy these were to make and how cute they turned out. The free file includes all three of these designs.
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More Ornament Cut files
To get the Ornament SVG files from my friends, click on the link to their website below.
- Snowflake Ornaments – We Can Make That!
- Winter Wonderland Arabesque Tile Ornament – Brooklyn Berry Designs
- Good Cheer Hand Lettered Wood Ornament – Printable Crush
- Mistletoe and Merlot Ornament – Kelly Leigh Creates
- Merry Christ-mas Wood Slice Ornament – unOriginal Mom
- 3D Tree Ornament – Try it – Like it – Create it
- Oh Snap! Gingerbread Man – Hello Creative Family
- House Under Elf Surveilance – Happy Go Lucky
- Let it Snow – Everyday Party Magazine
- Gingerbread Ornaments – Artsy-Fartsy Mama
- Rustic Elements Wood Slice Ornaments – The Girl Creative
- Layered Christmas Wreath Ornament – Liz on Call
- Felt Christmas Ornament – Life Sew Savory
- Big Bulb “Holly Jolly” Ornament – Fynes Designs
- Merry Christmas Gnome – Cutting Machine Crafting
- 3D Paper Ornaments – That’s What Che Said
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