“Oh Christmas Table, Oh Christmas Table…you may just be my favorite part of Christmas decorating!!!”
I know the Christmas tree and the mantle above the fireplace get most of the love this time of year but I have an obsession with a pretty Christmas tablescape. I love having the table set with the colors of the season and personalizing each place setting is definitely an added bonus. PS, make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to enter the Cricut Maker Giveaway!! Trust me, you want this amazing machine.
Have you seen the Rae Dunn inspired ornaments popping up all over social media? I think they’re so dang cute. I love the simplicity of them and knew I wanted to create some but I didn’t just want to put them on the tree right away, I wanted to use them during the season and then have them as a keepsake in the years to come.
Don’t these colors all just look perfect together? I love the colors of Christmas…LOVE them. Want to know what’s awesome, with the help of my Cricut Explore Air 2 these ornaments came together in about 5 minutes!
Do you want to make some of these for your table or tree this year? I’ll walk you through the steps and you’ll have a set for yourself in no time!
Christmas Tablescape Supplies:
White Ball Ornaments
Cricut Explore Air 2 (or Maker)
Rae Dunn Inspired Ornament Instructions:
First you will need white ball ornaments, mine are small because I didn’t want them to overpower the place settings. If you’re planning to use them only on a tree you could use the standard size ball ornament, or if you’re wanting to use them on your place setting but don’t intend to use a smaller plate on top you could also use the larger size. Just note that you would need to enlarge the size of the font or your names might look oddly small on the ornament. Also, I’ve been hearing rumor that finding plain white ball ornaments is a little difficult. If you’re having problems finding them you can make your own by buying clear ones and painting the inside of them.
Once you have your ornaments you will want to clean them well with rubbing alcohol, this step seems like an easy one to skip but I highly recommend not skipping it, the vinyl seems to adhere so much better when you don’t skip this step.
Once all your ornaments are clean and dry cut your vinyl. I used my Explore Air 2 and some vinyl. I used Cricut Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl for a more permanent result. I used a font from Cricut Access in Design Space called Avenida Com and sized them based on the ornament size and the length of the name. I love Cricut Access, there have been very few fonts/images I have had to look elsewhere for very few items because it has pretty much everything I need.
Place your vinyl on your mat and set your dial to the correct material. Since I used the Premium Outdoor Vinyl I set my Air 2 to Vinyl + and it cut perfectly. Once your names are cut unload your mat and remove the vinyl from the mat. Using your weeding tool weed all excess vinyl so you only have the name left behind. Pay extra attention to the inside of each letter making sure you get all those small pieces out, this is a great time to break out your BrightPad if you have one, it makes weeding vinyl so much easier.
To apply the vinyl to the ornament you will need a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than the name itself. Place the transfer tape over the vinyl name, then using a scraping tool (or the back of a spoon or a credit card) press the vinyl onto the transfer tape. You’ll remove the vinyl from the backing and have it on the transfer tape. I love that the transfer tape is clear, it makes seeing exactly where you’re putting your vinyl so easy. Try to handle the area of the ornament you’re putting the vinyl on as little as possible. Starting in the middle of your name (or word) put the vinyl on the ornament. Pressing outward from the middle make sure each letter is fully pushed down onto the ornament. Slowly lift the transfer tape up making sure the letters are stuck to the ornament not the transfer tape. Pulling from the corner at a 45 degree angle is the best/easiest way to remove the transfer tape.
Christmas Tablescape Instructions:
To create my tablescape and place settings you’ll need the following items:
Cake Stand/Centerpiece items
Creating my exact same Christmas tablescape my be difficult because some of the pieces are DIY but I’ll tell you where you can find everything!
Black and White buffalo check table runners are from Hobby Lobby. Instead of having them down the middle of the table I put them across the table so they acted like a placemat for each place setting.
Red chargers can be found at many locations including Amazon, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, etc.
Place the white dinner plate on top of the red charger (my white dinner plates are just our every day plates).
I found these darling little Christmas plates in the Target Dollar Spot this year. Each set came with 2 plates and was $3 for two. They don’t all match but they coordinate so perfectly and look so cute with the red chargers, I love them (added bonus they also had matching hand towels!).
I created these small boxwood wreaths using a spool of boxwood garland (also from the Target dollar spot but last year). You can find similar ones at Michael’s, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, and possibly Amazon.
Using a length of red/white baker’s twine I attached the ornament to the wreath and finished it off with a cute little bow.
For the actual center of my table I used two darling trees I found at Hobby Lobby and the sweetest little village we created at Heidi Swapp’s holiday craft night. You can purchase the houses for the village here, the stands were created by Heidi and her husband especially for the event (oh we’re so lucky to live by Heidi and her creativity but that is a post for another day!) you could definitely use a different cake plate/stand to get a similar look.
I love the classic colors of my Christmas tablescape and I LOVE how these ornaments turned out. I didn’t think about it at the time but I am definitely adding the year to the other side to make them a true keepsake ornament.
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