As Christmas drew closer and closer, I kept thinking of more and more things I wanted to make with my Silhouette…you know, a t-shirt or a Christmas themed this or that. But with a holiday to-do list calling my name, there really wasn’t time to design my own. Other bloggers share their projects as I do. Why not take advantage of their ready-made files? So that’s exactly what I did.
Here are four Christmas quickie projects I fit between stroking things off my to-do list. With the free Silhouette cut files available at the links below, they really are quick to put together—less than 10 minutes each. Great to tuck away for next Christmas…when December arrives, you’ll be ahead of the game.
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1. Fa la la la la Shirt
I love this design created by Meredith over at unOriginal Mom. It’s whimsical but understated and the music notes let loose a chorus of “Fa la la la la” in your head. So festive. The file is set up so it’s quick and easy to cut in two colors. I took Meredith’s lead and chose a combination of glitter heat transfer vinyl (green for me) and regular black (both Siser Easyweed HTV).
2. Rudolph Chocolate Holder
If you stay at my house, you get a chocolate on your pillow (it’s a classy operation here, oh yeah, oh yeah). For our Christmas guests this year, I wanted to jazz it up in a Christmassy way. I downloaded this reindeer file from Sarah Hamer Designs (link below).
Sarah’s version uses a double layer of cardstock to hold a Tootsie Pop. My Lindor chocolate was about the same size and shape, but without the stick, so I didn’t need the double layer to hold the stick in place. I used the Silhouette Studio knife tool to cut Rudolph at the “chin” to create a single layer design. I also welded a few ovals together to make a mouth (got that file for you, too).
My favorite cardstock adhesive is the Zig 2-way Glue Pen…it’s easy to apply in small or large amounts, dries quickly, and doesn’t wrinkle or distort the cardstock.
Update Dec/16: I created antlers to glue onto the built-in antlers and updated the download file to include them. So now Rudolph looks like this:
Much better, don’t you think?
AND one of these:
Download the free Reindeer Mouth & Antlers Silhouette .studio3 file HERE.
Download the free Reindeer Mouth & Antlers Silhouette LEGACY v.2 file HERE.
Download the free SVG Reindeer Mouth & Antlers SVG file HERE
3. Zipper Gift Card
As stocking stuffers for our “starving university students”, we cashed in points for grocery gift cards. I was about to wrap them in paper—I know, I know, BO-ring— when I remembered that Becky and Glenna had posted a how-to-make-zipper-cards. tutorial on the Silhouette School blog. I pulled out some Christmas themed cardstock and had three zipper cards cut and put together in no time.
They’re sized to hold business cards, which are slightly smaller than gift cards, but the gift cards fit nicely nestled in at an angle. The completed zipper cards looked very festive and I scored some “cool” points with the kids. Bonus.
4. Gift Tags
This last one is a file I designed several weeks ago. Since then, I’ve come back to it several times to cut more in different colors & patterns to use in my own gift giving, but I’ve also tied groups of them together as “before Christmas” gifts to non-Silhouette friends & family. When you can’t make your own, it’s a spiffy gift to receive.
Download the free .studio3 or LEGACY Tag files HERE.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time spent with family & friends, and filled with much love, laughter, delicious food & drink (and chocolate!). All the best to you for 2016!
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