DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas: Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wood and Adhesive Vinyl on Ceramic

DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas: Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wood and Adhesive Vinyl on Ceramic

Did you know you can use heat transfer vinyl on surfaces other than fabric? Well, you can! One of my favorite things to apply htv on is wood, it adheres better than adhesive vinyl and gives a more finished look. In this step by step tutorial, I'm going to show you how to use your Cricut Maker to make Christmas ornaments two different ways! First up, Heat Transfer Vinyl on wood. Stay tuned for the adhesive on ceramic!  

Red Truck Ornament With HTV

Estimated Time: 20 mins

Sill Level: Intermediate


Supplies Needed:

Step One: Design Set Up

Upload the red truck SVG to Design Space and group together items of the same color. You can see in the panel to the right that all of the black elements are attached and in a group.

Attaching items together keeps them in the same exact place on the mat that you see on your screen.

Click the "make it" button, select your machine, set the material to iron-on and make sure mirror is turned ON.

Step Two: Cut and Weed HTV

Place the heat transfer vinyl on the mat with the colored (shiny) side facing down and begin cutting.

After the cuts are complete, use a weeding tool to remove the negative space from around the designs.

Step Three: Iron On Designs

Center the red truck design on the wooden ornament and apply even pressure with the iron for 20 seconds.

Let the design cool completely, then remove the clear carrier sheet.

Line the tires up on the truck and use the iron again to press them on carefully.

Do the same thing for the green tree in the back of the truck. If the carrier sheet doesn't cover the entire design, make sure you only iron on top of it or use a teflon sheet so that you don't melt the vinyl you've already ironed on.

Again, let it cool completely before removing the carrier sheet.

Ta-da! The easiest DIY ornament! This SVG can be used for so many different styles of holiday decor! Check out our Holiday DIY: How to Make a Doormat Using Stencil Vinyl and Paint post to see how to use it to make a festive door mat.

I love using heat transfer vinyl on wood. I hope you're inspired to give it a try!

How to Apply Adhesive Vinyl on Ceramic Ornament

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Design Set Up

In Design Space, use the text tool to type out the word joy and choose a font. I'm using the font "Christmas Card Script". Use the weld button to weld the letters into one shape.

Use the shapes tool to create dots for the ornament and change the colors to match the vinyl you're using. I used the same shape tool to creat the holly I used in my recent DIY Christmas Cocktail Glasses and Paper Coasters Tutorial Using Adhesive Vinyl and Heat Transfer Vinyl post.

Step Two: Cut and Weed

Place the adhesive vinyl on the mat with the shiny side facing up and cut out the images.

Use a weeding tool to remove the unwanted vinyl.

Step Three: Apply Transfer Tape and Transfer Designs

Cut a piece of transfer tape to the same size as the design and use a scraper tool to press it onto the vinyl.

Peel the transfer tape away from the adhesive vinyl backing and place it on the ornament. To help it mold around the round ball, cut slits all along the edges of the transfer tape, then press down to adhere the vinyl.

Remove the transfer tape and repeat the process to add the red and green dots.

I love how easy both ornaments were to create and I love how they coordinate together. Switch the joy out for a monogram and add a last name under the truck and you have a great personalized gift idea!

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About the Author


My name is Kayla and I’m a DIY loving mom of 3, living in North Carolina. I absolutely love creating! It doesn’t matter if it’s refinishing furniture or paper crafting, I love it all. I’m a former blogger for Silhouette America and current blogger for Cricut so I know the ins and outs of both machines and love teaching beginners all of the handy tips and tricks. Come visit my blog at or follow me on Instagram @kayla_made.

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