If you’re a regular blog reader here, than you already know that I LOVE my Cricut Explore. I love it so much in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 12 amazing Canadian bloggers to show you just what a Cricut Explore can do! We have made 12 festive ornaments using our Cricuts, and we’re even giving away a Cricut for FREE. I can’t wait for you to see what everyone is up to, including these Mini Deer Pallet Ornaments!
I used leather for the deer head in this project – mostly because I really wanted to cut leather on my machine! You can use vinyl, or felt or any material you like.
What I used:
When you cut leather on your Cricut Explore, you may need a deep cutting blade. Mine leather wasn’t terribly thick, so the regular blade did the trick. There are two reasons for using transfer tape on the back of the leather: It keeps the leather firm and it protects your Cricut cutting mats from the fibrous material (you want your mat to last as long as possible!).
Cut the transfer tape so that it covers the piece of leather you are cutting.
I did two versions of these deer, because I wasn’t sure which one I liked better. The ones pictured in this post are the smaller deer heads in the photo. You can access my design HERE, when you sign into your Cricut Design Space.
Set the dial on your Cricut to “custom”, and then select “Leather – 2mm” from the options menu.
Your Cricut will automatically do 3 or 4 cuts, and the deer should come out perfectly!
Next grab those popsicles and cut them for the mini pallet. The four across were 3.5″ each, and the top and bottom pieces were just over 3″ each.
Once they are cut, you can use wood stain to stain the popsicle sticks if you want to.
When it comes to glues, I can be very picky! (Does that make me sound like a snobby DIYer?! lol). I just don’t like glue guns leaving strings and globs, and not letting my projects sit flat. Power-Tac was the perfect glue for the job!
I used the Power-Tac glue to attach the pallet popsicles, and the jute string to the back. It holds so well, I won’t have to worry about it breaking anytime soon!
What do you think of my little rustic ornaments?! I hope I inspired you to make something this Christmas!
Now that you’ve seen what the Cricut can do, it’s time to enter to win your own Cricut Explore Air 2!
Don’t forget to check out the other great Christmas Cricut Ornaments from my Canadian blogging friends!
From top left, they are:
Christmas Garland from The Learner Observer
3D Christmas Tree from Woman in Real Life
Star Ornament from The Inspired Home
Penguin Ornament from A Boy and His Mom
Handlettered Ornaments from Teacups and Things
Paper House Christmas Ornament from Fresh Crush
Easy Christmas Ornaments from Sparkle Shiny Love
3D Snowflake Ornament from Brooklyn Berry Designs
Mini Deer Pallet Ornament from Love Create Celebrate
3D Gingham Trees from Rambling Renovators
Glitter Monogram Snow Globe Ornaments from Bawlers and Crawlers
Paper Geometric Christmas Ornaments from Life is a Party
Atomic Starburst Ornaments from PMQ for Two
If you love rustic ideas, don’t forget to check out my easy DIY rustic advent calendar!
If you like simple, rustic ornaments, here’s another great one I did with my Cricut Explore!