It is fun being a Girl Scout troop leader at Christmas time. I have a troop of 15 girls in 3rd and 4th grade and this is our second year together. Last Christmas I made the girls reindeer hair bows but this year I was more comfortable with my Silhouette machine….and I made Girl Scout ornaments. Having a Silhouette machine is amazing now that I have spent some time using it. The possibilities are endless.
I had friends ask “How did you make those?” so this post shows the steps involved in making these ornaments. It may convince you that you need your own Silhouette machine….or that you will leave the creating up to others and will pay them for their products instead. For this project I purchased green glass ornaments, transfer paper, and vinyl.
Using the Silhouette software I created the image that I wanted to have cut. I googled “Girl Scout logo SVG file” until I found one that worked. Then I typed the year under the logo. I grouped those two images together and copied and pasted them until I had eight in a row. The smaller the image, the better! I used Oracal 651 vinyl as my medium of choice for this project.
Once the image was ready I peeled the negative image away. The Silhouette hook makes this task very easy.
To get out the middles of all of the letters I again used the Silhouette hook.
It looks so pretty when the word is free from all of the excess vinyl. The font that I used (Egregio) makes me smile with the loops.
Transfer paper is essential to get the name onto the rounded ornament. I pressed hard with the Silhouette scraper to make sure that the image transferred to the transfer paper.
Applying the image to the ornament was easy with the transfer paper. However, this ornament is painted green on the outside and sometimes the paint would peel off. It was very frustrating and made more work than I had planned, but I love how the finished product turned out. If I were to make them again…I would probably glitter the inside of the ornament instead of using a painted ornament. Or I would use a green shatterproof ornament.
As you can see, there’s not a lot of supplies involved in this craft. They are time consuming, but totally worth it!
If you are interested in a simpler ornament, this DIY santa ornament is one of my favorites
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