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I have to admit, I’m a flamingo lover. Anything that can stand on one leg and is bright pink has a place in my heart!
So why not put two of my favorite things together… Christmas and flamingos… and make an adorable Christmas flamingo ornament!
I made this as part of a Christmas in July flamingo party. There are a ton of free printable games and decorations so make sure to check out the post!
For this large DIY ornament, we are going to be using the print and cut feature on our Cricut cutting machine. I have a huge post all about making stickers with the print and cut feature so make sure to check it out for more details.
Materials Needed for Flamingo Ornament
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- Cricut Explore or Maker
- Printable Vinyl
- Adhesive Vinyl
- Transfer tape
- wooden ornament or blank wood – I found this one at an after Christmas sale at a local craft store. I always stock up on clearance stuff!
- FREE Let’s Flamingle SVG and flamingo – see below to download!
Uploading the Christmas Flamingo into Cricut Design Space
So let’s first talk about how to upload the PNG to Cricut Design Space.
This Let’s Flamingle image consists of two different pieces. The flamingo is not my image, but you can download the PNG file for free. The Let’s Flamingle SVG is mine and you can download that part further down.
If you want this exact flamingo image, you’ll want to go to pixababy.com and download the image. I absolutely adore this image!
Pixabay offers free for commercial use files but I always like to donate some to the creators if you are going to be using them a lot.
The flamingo file will download into whatever folder you have set up for downloads. Mine is the “download” folder.
So open up a new canvas in Cricut Design Space and click the Upload button.
Then on the next screen click on Upload Image again.
Your folders will open up. Find the flamingo file. Mine is in my downloads and I have them categorized by date so they are easy for me to find. Click on the file and then on open. (I’m on a PC so I’m not sure if this is a little different for a Mac).
The file will come in on this screen. Select Complex image at the bottom because you want all the fine details printed. Click continue.
The image will come in huge on the next page but since it’s already a PNG you don’t need to do anything. Just hit continue. (PNG have transparent backgrounds so are perfect for printing!)
Then click the Save as Print the Cut Image on the left side of the next screen and the image will be ready to insert on your canvas.
Let’s Flamingle SVG File
Next, you’ll need to download the Lets Flamingle SVG file.
Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly.
If it doesn’t automatically download, you might need to right-click on it and Save As. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my post on how to download and upload files to CDS.
Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.
The one on my ornament is slightly different….my old laptop died and I hadn’t saved the SVG to my drive so I lost my original file…sigh… AND I can’t figure out which font I used for the Let’s, so I have two different ones for you to choose from!
Uploading the Lets Flamingle SVG to Design Space
Follow the same steps as above. Download the flamingle SVG file onto your computer. It comes from a google drive so my computer will open it up first and then I hit the download button on the top right.
Back in CDS, click on the “Upload Image” again and find the file. Click on it and then on Open.
Since it is an SVG, there will not be a clean up screen. The next screen you will see is the Save screen. Just click on Save and it’s in CDS now!
Now you will have both files needed for this project in your uploaded files section. Click on both of them and then on Insert Images.
Putting the Flamingle Christmas Images Together
You’ll notice there are two “let’s” in the file. Simply click on the wording and then click “ungroup”. Delete or click on the X of whichever Let’s you don’t want.
Center the Let’s and size it to however big you want it. Then use your cursor to put both words in a box and click “attach”. They now will be held and cut out exactly like that.
Now size the Christmas flamingo. The Cricut will only allow a printed image of 9.25 x 6.75 inches. You will get a yellow little triangle warning on the side where the layers panel is if it’s too big.
If you hover over the caution triangle it will tell you to reduce the size. I sized mine to about 9 inches to fit on the round wooden ornament I was putting it on.
Then I dragged the words over and rotated them to see how I wanted them sized. Use the double arrows to drag in and out to make the letters smaller and bigger while staying proportionate to each other.
Once I had everything the way I liked it, I made sure to Save the project and then I clicked on Make It.
Cricut Design Space will first prompt you to print the flamingo. Make sure the bleed is turned to ON (or that it’s green).
Put the printable vinyl in your printer and click on Print. Once it’s printed place the printable vinyl on a blue grip mat in the upper left hand corner and set the cut settings to printable vinyl in the custom drop-down menu.
Load the mat when prompted and push the blinking light when it goes off. The Cricut’s sensor will read the black rectangle box around the image so it knows where to cut.
Once it’s done cutting, change the settings by simply clicking on the current settings and choose Vinyl to cut out the wording. Place the vinyl on a blue grip mat and insert and cut.
Weed out the extra vinyl of the wording.
Applying the Vinyl Images to Wood
Gently peel the flamingo from the vinyl sheet and place it on the wood. Smooth it down with your fingers.
You’ll see there is some of the color left on the paper. This is the purpose of the bleed. It adds a little extra outline around the image so that when the Cricut cuts around, the blade won’t cut into the actual image.
For the wording, you’ll need to apply them with transfer tape. Cut a piece of transfer tape and place it over the words. Scrape it down with a scraper.
Then peel the transfer tape away from the plastic backing with the words attached to it.
Position it where you want it on the sign and press it down firmly with your fingers. Then scrape it again. Pull off the transfer tape.
That’s it! You have a cool Let’s Flamingle party decoration. I put mine on my Christmas tree.
If you’d like to save this Let’s Flamingle SVG file and tutorial for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!
Make sure to check out all the free printables for a flamingo themed Christmas in July party using the same image!
Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!