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How To Make a Floating Ornament

How To Make A Floating Ornament

How To Make A Floating Ornament

These are super easy and really fun to make! Adding a name or personalization really adds that finishing touch!

SUPPLIES

  1. Clear Glass ornaments – the ones I use are 66mm
  2. Transparency Film – this is pricey but this box has lasted me at least 5 years and I’m not even halfway through it yet and I do 100’s a year.
  3. Your Selected Design in Vinyl – I’ve linked a couple of Designs below that are perfect for Floating Ornaments!
  4. Ribbon, feathers, snow, glitter, bells or other embellishments

HINT: the instructions below are for 66mm ornaments. You can purchase my floating ornament template for 66mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm ornaments HERE

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the diameter of your ornament and subtract 1/16″ – 1/8″ inch.
  2. Take this dimension and create a circle on your mat in your software – this is a guide for you so you know how large to make the design.
  3. Place your design on this circle – making sure it fits the dimensions. Delete your circle once you have the design sized.
  4. Cut and weed your design.
  5. Transfer it to the Transparency, being careful when burnishing it to not scratch the transparency.
  6. Once you have transferred your design, roll the transparency so that the design is on the inside of the roll, making sure that the roll will fit into the ornament hole.
  7. Now all you have to do is drop the transparency into the ornament and watch it “spring” open.
  8. Take a pair of tweezers and straighten it. Once you place the cap back on the ornament, twist the cap prongs so that they hold the transparency in place.
  9. If you need a tutorial on some adorable bow toppers – check out Rita’s tutorial HERE

Embellish with Ribbon, snow, confetti or use your imagination!

 

Floating Ornament Template for 66mm Round, 70mm Round, 80mm Disk and 100mm Round ornaments

VV304 Floating Ornament Template SVG DXF cut ready file

 

Floating Ornament bundles are $2.50 for a limited time

Fancy Snowflake Bundle

Christmas Floating Ornaments

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Galvanized Steel Tutorial

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Have you ever stepped into Hobby Lobby or Michaels and seen there galvanized steel signs? They are all the trend, but they are SO very easy to create yourself with tools that I'm sure you already own! So let's get started!

Tools & Supplies Needed

Galv Steel Roll

Galvanized Steel (not aluminum) – I found a roll of it at Home Depot.

I like the 20” wide, but it does come in various widths. Be sure to get gauge 28 or higher as it is thinner and easier to cut to size. I have an industrial guillotine cutter that makes it easy. If you don’t have access to a cutter, you might want to purchase pieces that are cut to the size you need.

Frame – your choice of size. I like these from Hobby Lobby that are very inexpensive.

The 11 x 14 is $5.99 and Hobby Lobby put them on 1⁄2 price often.

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Heavy gloves, Flat Head Screwdriver and another piece of cardboard or chipboard the size of the interior of the frame.

The metal is extremely sharp. Definitely wear some heavy gloves when handling the metal.

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STEP #1

With a flat head screwdriver, bend the tabs up to release the backing.

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STEP #2

Remove the Cardboard backing and set it aside. You will need it after you insert the metal. Carefully remove the glass. You will not use it for this project, but I always keep mine for upcoming projects.

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STEP #3

Decide which way you are going to insert the metal into your frame. Mine still has a curve to it so I put the “bowed” side to the back of the frame. BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR GLOVES!

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STEP #4

Gently push the metal into the frame, easing in the curve (if you have one). Layer the piece of cardboard that came with the frame and then the piece you cut. With the flat head screwdriver, bend the tabs back down to hold all of the pieces in.

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STEP #5

*OPTIONAL*
I apply a very small amount of soft wax to the WOOD portion of the frame to give it a nice look. If you use a more expensive frame, this may not be needed. I use Annie Sloan Soft Wax – Clear - because it is what I have in my stash.

That's it! It's super easy and creates a fabulous look! You can paint the signs or just add vinyl!

Download PDF Tutorial