These cut out Christmas ornaments are simple to make and are a wonderful starter project. You just need a wooden disk that I got at Walmart (about $1.50) in a six pack. They can be made from vinyl or paper, with a pattern or without. You can even paint the wood disk if you want.
These ornaments are truly versitile and you can make them any size or color you want. Put names around the border and give them as gifts. Some have washi tape wound around the edge too.,
Paper or Vinyl Selection
If you make these cut out Christmas ornaments from paper and want to add names or text to them that can be done easily before cutting. If you need to know how to do that, there is a video tutorial in the Design Space – There is Nothing to be Scared of beginners tutorials.
The cut outs are very thin so be careful removing them from the mat.
Assembling the Cut Out Christmas Ornaments
First cut the designs and then glue the designs to both sides of the ornament. You can put the same design on both sides or put different ones on each side.
First,cut and weed the vinyl as any vinyl project. If you need help with that step, see the tutorial here. Then transfer the vinyl to transfer tape. Because they are small I used several strips of painters tape but you can use whatever you use for transfer medium. Lay the wood disk on top of the back of the vinyl centered so that no edges of vinyl show. Turn the ornament over. Then rub fairly heavily to get out all the wrinkles and stick the vinyl to the wood. Finally, carefully remove the transfer tape. Repeat for the other side.
If you don’t like the wooden edges, you can put washi tape around the edges and then fold it over. Make sure that the border covers the washi tape. This needs to be applied before the design is put on.
If you don’t like the plain wood, you could paint the disks with acrylic paint before applying the design. Paint them whatever color you want, then let them dry for at least an hour before applying the design
- The word dreidel is Yiddish and comes from the German verb dreihen, meaning “to spin.” Dreidel literally means “little spinner.”
- Many believe that the four letters on the dreidel — nun, gimel, hay, and shin — were taken from the Hebrew expression Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, meaning “a great miracle happened there,” referring to the miraculous events of the Chanukah story in ancient Israel.
- Recently, dreidel spinning has become a competitive sport.