Floating Ornaments with the Silhouette

Hello Friends!  It’s that time again, our monthly Silhouette Challenge group post!  Yippee!  This month’s challenge theme is DIY Gifts and {MAN, OH MAN} do we have some awesome projects for you to check out!

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I have been so fascinated with all the floating ornaments I see on Pinterest but have never attempted one myself (can you believe that?!?).  I thought it would be fun to make personalized ornaments for my grandchildren.  The two oldest bows literally eat, sleep and breathe baseball so I just know they will love these!  I still can’t get over how easy they are to put together, far easier than trying to get a good picture of them that’s for sure {LOL}!

DIY Floating Ornaments - My Paper Craze



Silhouette cutting machine

Transparency sheets (I got mine at Office Depot)

Ornaments (I used 3-inch from Michael’s)

Vinyl (We love Expressions Vinyl!)

Ribbon (Another Michael’s beauty)

Baseball file #10759 (from the Silhouette Online Store)

Ornament insert file (I created my own to fit my ornaments)


My first step was cutting the inserts using the transparency sheets.  I designed my own to fit the 3 inch ornaments that I bought at Michael’s.  It works in both the round and the flat ornaments.  Feel free to download if you’d like to make some ornaments of your own.


Screenshot My Paper Craze Floating Ornament

Next I opened my baseball design in Silhouette Studio and sized it to fit my insert.  I cut it at 2 3/4 inches so that I wasn’t going clear to the edge.  I went ahead and created the text that I wanted to put on the outside of the ornament so I could cut it all at once.

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Once I had my vinyl cut I then layered it onto the insert.  I eyeball mine but Melissa at Silhouette School has a great tutorial for layering vinyl if you’re a little hesitant about lining it up yourself.

SILHOUETTE SCHOOL: Silhouette Layering Vinyl Tutorial


Once my design was complete on my insert, I rolled it up to insert into the ornament making sure the piece that fits into the neck is at the top.  I used my craft knife but you could use a pencil or pen as long as it will fit down in the ornament.  I do want to mention that if you have a smaller design on your insert be sure to wipe off any fingerprints or smudges before you roll it up because once it’s inside the ornament they are there to stay.  I found that out the hard way.  Once you slide the insert into the ornament it opens up nicely but you might have to help it a little using your pencil.

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The final steps are putting the top back on the ornament and adding my text to the outside and a little ribbon to complete the look.  Can you believe how simple this is?  I added epsom salt to my ornament with the nativity scene to make it look like snow and the marine ornament was created with printable vinyl.  I’m loving all the possibilities!



Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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  1. Holly McCall {McCall Manor}

    These turned out great! I will be trying these out. 🙂

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Holly! I can’t believe how easy they are to make.

  2. Erlene

    I just got my new silhouette and can’t wait to make all one of these. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Erlene! I’m having so much fun making these ornaments.

  3. Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    I love how these insert ornaments turned out!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Rachel!

  4. Pam - GetSilvered

    Love these Glenna. I’m sure they’ll be a big hit with the kids. Thanks for the great tutorial too!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Pam!

  5. Carrie

    So, I’ve been seeing these all of the FB groups I’m in~and I was fascinated. They look much easier than I expected! So after you roll the transparency and insert it, it just uncurls in the ornament perfectly? These turned out great!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Carrie! The transparency uncurls but sometimes you have to put a pencil down in the ornament and help it flatten out a little. On the baseball ones I used vinyl on both sides so that made it thicker so I had to work with it a little.

  6. Bethany

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE these! I totally want to make some now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Bethany! These turned out to be a lot of fun to make.

  7. Meredith @ unOriginalMom

    I am loving these floating ornaments…thanks for the tutorial and tips! And your baseball ornaments are so cute!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Meredith! The kids are getting a big kick out of these ornaments.

  8. Karen Marie Kedzuch

    I have the same design and have varied it for several baseball events. I love the Marine ornament too. Your tutorial is easy to follow. I look forward to making these in the future.
    Have a creative day,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Karen! I’m having so much fun with these ornaments. My plan is to do my whole tree with personalized ornaments and I have a pretty good start on them so I might just pull it off. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Ruchira

    I wonder how easy it seems in the tutorial, and how intricate it looks from outside..

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      We run into challenges with every project, lol, but these are the perfect mix of small investment = big reward!

  10. Ann Wright

    Is this in ver. 2 or 3 silhouette de?

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      It’s version 3 Ann.

  11. Kristina and Millie

    ohhh so neat! love the idea of a floating ornaments! These look so cool too!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks! We appreciate you stopping by!

  12. Lou Lou Girls

    Hello cute lady! I love these ornaments. Pinned and tweeted. This was the most viewed post at our last party and we will be featuring it at our party tonight at 7 pm. Woo Hoo! I hope to see you there.
    Happy Monday~ Lou Lou Girls

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Yay, how exciting! So thankful to be featured! See you soon!

  13. Kristy gd

    How clever! I love that you can add a little team personalization as well. I know a few baseball fans that would love these as gifts! Thanks so much for the cut file and the tutorial!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Kristy! We appreciate you stopping by and showing us some comment love! Can’t wait for you to return to our weekly Creative Spark Link Party, we miss you!

  14. Shannon

    I love these! Would you mind sharing what font Christian is written in? Thanks so much!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Shannon! That font is “Brannboll Fet” free from http://www.dafont.com The trick to getting the flag underneath the text is to type a number after the word. It’s such a fun font. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Judy

    this is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing! I have everything for the floating ornament, I cut the template using your cut file & it fits perfectly (I think). Is the transparency supposed to move? I haven’t applied the vinyl, just cut the trans., slid into place & noticed it moves, however It’s still in place? I hope that makes sense!
    Thanks for your time, love all your tutorials!!

  17. Bev

    How can I get the transparency of your memory clear glass Christmas ornament??

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  19. Liz

    What if you do not have a Silhouette cutting machine? can i still make this

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