Let's get started making Christmas decorations with Cricut...
If you need any help with downloading or opening the files, take a look at this FAQ page to help...
Papercraft Christmas ornaments for Cricut
Let's start with the print then cut part of the project - this involves setting up the Cricut to print out the design on the home printer. When it's printed out, you'll load it into the Cricut which will scan your print and cut it out for you.
If you don't have a cutting machine with a print and cut feature, you can simply print the image on your home printer and trim it by hand with a craft knife or scissors.
To get started with the print and cut in Cricut Design Space:
(If you would like this little part of the instructions (below) with additional explanatory images, take a look at my page showing how to use print and cut for my card templates - the artwork is different but the process is the same - don't forget to come back here to make the ornament and not continue with the card template, though!)
- Click Upload (lower left-hand side) and 'Upload Image' then click 'Browse' to find your print and cut file in your computer's folders - I recommend using the 'both circles' version to print and cut both together. If you want to print a single circle for any reason, I've also provided that as an option - if you want to use that for this project, you will need to print it out twice.
- Select 'Complex' as image type, then press 'Continue' (bottom right, green button)
- On the next page, ignore the part about Background Removal and just go straight to press 'Apply & Continue' (bottom right, green button)
- On the following page to 'Select Image Type' you can choose between Cut Image on the left and Print & Cut Image on the right, click on the image on the right (Print & Cut Image) so that the border around it turns green, then press 'Upload' (green button, bottom right)
- Then just click on your image in the list (it should be the first image on the left hand side) so that the border around it turns green - and then press 'Add to Canvas' (green button, bottom right)
- Your image should now appear on your Cricut Design Space screen - unfortunately, the image will appear in Cricut Design Space larger than it should be. This is because Cricut Design Space is (weirdly) set to a resolution of 144ppi/dpi so it resizes any PNG/JPG image to fit this resolution. However, if you use an image that automatically imports at the correct size in Cricut Design Space, it will give you a print quality warning. So we want a high quality print for our project - so we'll need to resize it manually to the correct size...
- To resize the image, first check that the little padlock in the sizing section (in the centre of the top tool bar, markes 'Size') is showing locked (padlock closed) - this keeps the ratio of the image locked as you resize. If it's open, click it once to lock it...
- Next, check if your Design Space is set up in metric or imperial measurements - an easy way to find this out is to check the size that it tells you at the bottom of the image. Remember to use the correct measurement as you resize.
- Now, we just need to manually type in the correct size into the first W box. The correct size is 9.5 x 19.52 cm (3.74 x 7.69 inches) for the double circle - if you're using the single circle it's 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm (or 3.74 inches x 3.74 inches). Please note that if you decide to resize to a larger size than this recommended size, the quality of the print may decrease.
- Then click once into the second, 'H', box and the image will set to the correct size with the correct measurements also showing in the W and H boxes. If it's a tiny portion of a cm or inch out on one of the measurements, don't worry - it does happen like this sometimes and it doesn't need to be a precise fit for this project.
- Also, please don't worry if the double circle comes up with a quality warning even after you've resized it correctly - as long as it's resized to the recommended size it will print fine (it seems to be some sort of a glitch in the Cricut programme) - and if you're at all concerned, please use the single circle and print it twice instead.
- Now all you need to do is press 'Make It' (green button, top right)...
- The screen will change to show you the mats along the left hand side. Your mat should show 'Print and Cut' next to it...
- Below this, use the drop-down menu to make sure your paper size ('Material Size') is correct
- Then press 'Continue' (green button, bottom right)
- On the next screen, double-check your paper size is correct before clicking on the green button 'Send to Printer'
- On the following pop-up screen, you can again check the paper size and select your printer from the drop down menu. For this project, it's best to turn off 'Add Bleed' (click the little button so it turns from green to white) - you should click to turn on 'Use System Dialog' (so the little button turns from white to green). You can then continue by clicking 'Print' (green button, bottom right)
- Your computer's printer dialog box will now pop-up. This might differ slightly depending on your own computer and home printer, but you will need to go to 'Preferences' (or Settings) - then, under the Paper/Quality tab make sure that you add the correct paper type that you're using (in this case, I'd select glossy photo paper), you should also opt for Best or High Quality printing, and make sure it's set for Colour. Press Okay to apply your changes
- When you're ready, just press 'Print' (in the main printer dialog box) and your printer will print out your image
- When you collect your print, you'll see it has big thick black lines around the corners - don't worry about this. The next stage is to stick the printed page down in the top left corner of a Cricut mat (I use the green ones) making sure it's facing the right way up, so it looks like the image you can see on screen
- Back to the screen, you'll see you can select your material type, like normal. I'm using 'Photo Paper' for this project
- Then load the mat and press go - your cutting machine will spend some time scanning the page - then will cut around each of the circles for you
- When it's done, you can unload the mat and carefully turn the mat upside down to gently peel the mat away from the paper and remove your two cut circle images
If you are struggling with any part of this and would like to see this little part of the instructions with explanatory images, take a look at my page showing how to use print and cut for my card templates - the artwork is different but the process is the same - don't forget to come back here to make the ornament and not continue with the card template, though!
Cutting the Files
Once you've done the print and cut part of the process, it's time to move onto the cut files - you can just cut these in the normal way. They should appear in Cricut Design Space at the correct size for cutting. If you need to see the measurements for any element, they're here. If you need any help with how to open or use the files, that's here...
When you've got your cut circles for the ornament, plus your printed designs, you're ready to go onto the next (and most fun) part of actually putting together your Christmas decoration...