Creating Christmas Ornaments Using Heat Transfer Vinyl and Adhesive Vinyl

Did you know you can use heat transfer vinyl on surfaces other than fabric? Well, you can! One of my favorite things to apply htv to is wood, it adheres better than adhesive vinyl and gives a more finished look. Today, I’m showing you how to create your own customized Christmas ornaments two different ways.

Red Truck Ornament With HTV

Estimated Time: 20 mins

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Design Set Up

Upload the red truck SVG to Design Space and group together items of the same color. You can see in the panel to the right that all of the black elements are attached and in a group.

Attaching items together keeps them in the same exact place on the mat that you see on your screen.

Click the “make it” button, select your machine, set the material to iron-on and make sure mirror is turned ON.

Step Two: Cut and Weed HTV

Place the heat transfer vinyl on the mat with the colored (shiny) side facing down and begin cutting.

After the cuts are complete, use a weeding tool to remove the negative space from around the designs.

Step Three: Iron On Designs

Center the red truck design on the wooden ornament and apply even pressure with the iron for 20 seconds.


Let the design cool completely, then remove the clear carrier sheet.

Line the tires up on the truck and use the iron again to press them on carefully.

Do the same thing for the green tree in the back of the truck. If the carrier sheet doesn’t cover the entire design, make sure you only iron on top of it or use a teflon sheet so that you don’t melt the vinyl you’ve already ironed on.


Again, let it cool completely before removing the carrier sheet.

Ta-da! The easiest DIY ornament!

I love using heat transfer vinyl on wood. I hope you’re inspired to give it a try!

Ceramic Ornament with Adhesive Vinyl

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Design Set Up

In Design Space, use the text tool to type out the word joy and choose a font. I’m using the font “Christmas Card Script”. Use the weld button to weld the letters into one shape.

Use the shapes tool to create dots for the ornament and change the colors to match the vinyl you’re using.

Step Two: Cut and Weed

Place the adhesive vinyl on the mat with the shiny side facing up and cut out the images.

Use a weeding tool to remove the unwanted vinyl.

Step Three: Apply Transfer Tape and Transfer Designs

Cut a piece of transfer tape to the same size as the design and use a scraper tool to press it onto the vinyl.

Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl backing and place it on the ornament. To help it mold around the round ball, cut slits all along the edges of the transfer tape, then press down to adhere the vinyl.

Remove the transfer tape and repeat the process to add the red and green dots.

I love how easy both of these ornaments were to create and I love how they coordinate together. Switch the joy out for a monogram and add a last name under the truck and you have a great personalized gift idea!

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