Free Christmas Owl Ornament SVG and Tutorial for Acrylic Shape
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Free Christmas Owl SVG -Handmade ornaments
Do you make ornaments? Have you used acrylic shapes for keychains? I made this owl ornament from a keychain shape that I purchased from 3rd Degree Laser. Just because it’s intended to be a keychain doesn’t mean it can’t be an ornament. Watch the tutorial and see how I made this Christmas owl ornament using an acrylic shape! Be sure to download your free Christmas owl ornament SVG below!
Do you have a yearly ornament exchange? When my kids were younger, I always looked forward to purchasing an ornament for them each year. They brought home beautiful handmade ornaments that we added to the tree as they grew and started school. One year I had my family make handmade ornaments for our Christmas party. It was so fun to see everyone’s creations!
That is one of the reasons I love to craft! Handmade is always fun, and you can create a wonderful keepsake!
I like to cut all my vinyl colors on one mat. Watch the video to see how to arrange them in Design Space
Be sure to arrange your different colors of vinyl on your cutting mat in the same places that show on your screen. Now your Cricut will cut the vinyl where you placed your images on your Design Space screen. So simple, but Such a big-time saver!!
Here’s a list of items you may need
- Owl acrylic keychain shape –the owl shape is listed in the keychain section.
- Rubbing Alcohol – small one touch pump bottle shown in the video
- Lint free wipes, or a coffee filter works great too
- Small nail file
- Weeding Tools
- Squeegee/Application Tool
- Adhesive vinyl in your choice of colors
- Transfer tape, paper or clear- I used clear in the video
- spray bottle with water and a small drop of dish soap (any basic type of dish soap that does not have special lotions, or extra added ingredients) You don’t need much dish soap, add a drop to your water in the bottle, shake your bottle and spray a bit on your hand- you should feel a little slippery feeling-if you can’t feel any soap add another small drop.
- Bead reamer or you can use an exacto knife to cut out the hole
- Silicone make up brush
- UV resin I like Miraclekoo or Limino, both work good-both smell!
- Small butane torch-this is the one I use *note it does not come with butane, but you can also find small, filled ones, at hardware stores or dollar stores.
- UV lamp -my lamp is 54W, I personally wouldn’t use a lower wattage- the lower it is the longer it will take your resin to cure.
In the videos below you get to see parts of my workspace😊 I am a lover of old porcelain top tables- they look dirty and beat up, I promise they are clean haha- well- they actually are pretty beat up, but I love them! The table where I have my UV lamp was given to me by one of my dear friends, it’s a great space to work on! Crafting makes me happy, and having things I love around me makes it even better!!
Christmas Owl Acrylic Ornament Tutorial
*These videos have no sound
To apply your UV resin use a silicone makeup brush. You do NOT need a lot of resin! Apply small dots, or a small line, and “paint” on your resin, or act like you are spreading jelly on toast. I tend to start in the middle and work my way out. Apply a thin coat-remember you can Always add more as you go if you need to! It’s very difficult to take it off after you squeeze it out of the bottle.
Stay safe-Wear the right gear
*PLEASE READ-UV resin has an awful smell! Especially after you torch it to remove the bubbles! I typically wear a mask because I am highly sensitive to all synthetic smells. Epoxy is another option for sealing, but that also has an odor- it’s not as strong-it’s more of a “fume”, but it still smells and can give you issues. Please be careful! If you are unsure of any of these products, please contact your doctor. I have heard of many people having bad reactions to these chemicals! You can ALWAYS leave your ornament with just the vinyl on it- it does NOT have to be sealed. This is just my personal preference because I like the shine. It is not necessary, especially because it’s not going to actually be “used”, it is meant to hang on a tree.
Watch the windows
While applying your resin it’s best to stay close to a light source -NOT A WINDOW THOUGH- SUNLIGHT WILL CURE YOUR RESIN- DO NOT WORK NEXT TO A WINDOW OR ANYTHING THAT LETS SUNLIGHT ON YOUR WORKSPACE! Keep close to a table lamp, or something you can look at your blank to help it reflect the light. It will help you to see your surface and be sure you have resin all the way to the edges. Careful not to fill the hole!
UV resin tends to pull away from the sides as you work and especially after you hit it with the torch. The torch is for popping any bubbles that may be in the resin. If you cure it before you torch the bubbles out, your piece can come out with tiny divots all over that top. Some people like to torch the blank and then let it sit a few minutes and check the resin and torch again before curing it. You will get a feel for what works for you.
Level your table
*Be sure if you let it sit for a while first, that your table is level! The UV will run off and you will have to reapply. There are several different types of UV lamps. Most have timers-some have to be reset every 90 seconds- so depending on the style you have, your cure time may vary. My lamp takes about 5 minutes. If I am using glitter, or any type of added coloring, I will cure it a bit longer. or take it outside and let it sit in the sun for a little while.
After your piece is cured let it sit for a few minutes. If you touch it right away you can leave fingerprints. I usually take my piece out and let it sit on a window sill -it can sit and the sun can also help it to finish curing. Once it sits for a bit you can do the back
I created an inset for this file that helps so your vinyl won’t hang over on the sides. Because this is an ornament I did not seal the back of it. You can if you like, totally a personal preference!
Do you seal both sides?
If you do decide to seal it, be very careful not to let your resin spill over the sides- it can seep under the finished blank and ruin the side you have already completed. Many people use liquid latex on the completed side. That is a liquid that you can get, it dries kind of like a rubber cement type feel. You can apply it to the completed side and let it dry. After it dries you apply your resin to the other side, this way if any of the resin drips to the completed side it won’t stick, you just peel it off with the liquid latex. I don’t use this method very often for fear of latex allergies with my customers, but if I do I am always sure to notify my customer. Please be sure if you do use it to disclose that to your customer.
If you are not sealing the back then your ornament is now complete! Find yourself a cute decorative hanger and there ya go! You can get creative and add the year, or even personalize it with a name! Make a separate charm and add information there.
Add a charm for the year!
This is one I made last year, I made a small charm, with the year, a few stars, and some glitter.
I hope this helps you to make an adorable ornament! I would love to see your finished projects in our Facebook Group!! Also, if you have any questions you can head over there and ask away!!
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