I like to give personalized holiday decorations to my closest friends and family every year, but because I will be making so many, they have to be the kind that can be produced quickly and without a huge amount of expensive materials. That’s where my CAMEO comes in…I made this large Christmas monogram ornament in no time for myself as a prototype. It’s big enough to hang on my door or over my fireplace, and then I can shrink the design down easily to mass produce mini monograms for everyone on my list.
I typed my letter “W” in the Studio software using the RR Snowflake font and increased the size until it filled as much of the 12 x 12 cutting area on my mat as possible. Then, I cut it fives times out of Silhouette chipboard and adhered them all on top of each other to create a sturdy 3D monogram. One last layer made of white adhesive cardstock that was placed on top ensured that any gaps in my next step wouldn’t show.
To add some texture and color, I wrapped the letter with red and white medium weight yarn. Originally, I was going to use jute rope for this step, but my ornaments were very “natural” last year so I was looking to do something different. Both types look great though!
My holly leaves are actually from a 3D poinsettia design…the petals just had the look I was going for so I used my Knife Tool to separate them into individual leaves. I cut them out of some scrap green fabric after ironing on some Silhouette Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing. The interfacing helped them keep some of the dimension I gave them with the curling and veining too.
The berries are just large red pearls from my stash…I was thrilled to use them up because I never have a use for the largest of pearls!
After attaching some rope for a hanger, my monogram ornament was complete. The longest step was wrapping the letter with yarn, so my smaller gift ornaments should be even faster and easier to complete. Are you making any gifts with your Silhouette this year?