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How to Make Engraved Personalized Christmas Ornaments with Cricut

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Three round acrylic Christmas ornaments hang from Christmas tree branches from white ribbon. The acrylic ornaments are engraved and say "deck the halls" with holly leaves and red holly berries. White image text on a red background says "how to engrave acrylic disk ornaments with Cricut"

When I first started engraving several years ago, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I can say without a doubt that learning to engrave with your Cricut Maker or Maker 3 is a wonderful skill to have! Today I will show you engraved personalized Christmas ornaments with your Cricut machine. I will feature flat, acrylic clear disk ornaments for this project. The Cricut Maker models can engrave acrylic, metal, and leather. To learn how to engrave dog tags, bracelets, and other jewelry, see my step-by-step beginner’s guide to engraving here!

Three engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments sit on a green paper background. The ornaments are engraved with different Christmas sayings - the ornament in the center says "believe" with engraved stars, a small tree, and blue gem stones.

These engraved ornaments are just one of several acrylic disk ornament crafts I am sharing this year. Check out my gold leaf gilding acrylic ornaments as well as my glitter disk ornaments with vinyl.

It is important to note that engraving is only for the Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 3 machines. I have seen a few of my fellow crafters successfully use off-brand engraving tools for the Explore machines; just keep in mind Cricut themselves does not recommend this.

Three engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments sit on top of a balsam fir branch wreath, on a red and green paper background, surrounded by red, green, and gold spools of string. The acrylic ornaments are engraved with popular Christmas sayings - "deck the halls," "have yourself a merry little Christmas," and "believe".

While you can use any acrylic disks, I do recommend sticking with a 3.5-4 inch size disk for best results. Choosing an acrylic disk that is too small or very thin may not turn out well, and 1-2mm thickness is best.

Supplies For Making Engraved Acrylic Ornaments with Cricut

The supplies needed to make engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments are laid out on a purple cutting mat. You'll need acrylic disks, Cricut engraving tools, glue, some gems for decoration, and a Cricut cutting machine.

Download the Free Ornament SVG Files

Download these free hatch-fill pattern Christmas ornament SVG files by signing up via the form below. Once you set your password via the email sent to you, enter the vault, and search at the top with the keyword hatch-fill or design #407.

If you are already a member, log in to the Member Vault right here and find it by searching hatch-fill or design #407. Need help entering the vault? Read this helpful post on accessing the AKC Freebie Vault here. 

Learn how to create your own SVG design files, including hatch-fill designs in my exclusive course, Free the SVG!

Engraved Acrylic Ornaments Video Tutorial

I’ve created a full step-by-step video tutorial for engraved acrylic ornaments for Christmas below, or you can keep reading for a picture tutorial.

Upload the ornament engraving SVG cut files to Cricut Design Space to get started. If you are new to Cricut, learn how to upload an SVG here and join my beginner’s workshop for more help in Design Space!

How to Make Engraved Acrylic Christmas Ornaments

Three acrylic Christmas ornaments are engraved with classic Christmas sayings - "deck the halls," "believe," and "have yourself a merry little Christmas". The ornaments are sitting on top of a fir branch wreath.

Step 1: Changing Operation in Design Space to Engrave

It’s important to note that not only do you need to scale your engravings to .5 smaller than your ornament, but you also ensure you have checked the Operation (a.k.a Linetype) to Engrave at the top left of Design Space.

A screenshot of the design canvas in Cricut design space with a "deck the halls" SVG set up on the grid. A green arrow is pointing to a dropdown menu, indicating where to change the Design Space settings to engrave.

Step 2: Setting your Engraving Design on the Mat

When you are ready, click the Make it button at the top of the screen, and on the first cut screen, move your design so that it sits exactly six squares down and six squares to the right, just like the image below. This process ensures that your engraving will be much more accurate than trying to place it at the top.

A screenshot of Cricut Design Space showing how to place a Christmas ornament design SVG file on the cutting mat.

Next, match the placement of your acrylic ornament disks to the image on the screen—count six squares down and to the right.

IMPORTANT: Place the bottom of the tiny circle opening (where you’ll string twine) against the line. Do NOT align it directly to the top of the disk. See my video for more details here.

Two side-by-side images showing how to line an acrylic disk ornament up on a purple Cricut cutting mat. The image on the left is lined up correctly with a yellow checkmark in the center; the image on the right has a red x in the center, indicating it is not lined up correctly.

Take a look at the image above to see the right and wrong way your disk should be placed onto the mat – this is an essential step to have your engraved, personalized Christmas ornaments turn out correctly.

Once you have the placement right, add a bit of painter’s tape to the very top and bottom for extra security.

Step 3: Insert Your Engraving Tip for Cricut Maker

Abbi holds an engraving tip for the Circut maker in her hands, over a purple cutting mat with an acrylic ornament disk taped down, sitting inside a Cricut cutting machine.

Before your Maker can start to engrave, you need to switch out the blade for the Quickswap housing with the engraving tip.

Load your mat and press Go on your machine. I have selected acrylic 1mm for the material setting – there is also a 2mm. Honestly, I do not see much of a difference between the two when I compare engravings.

An engraved acrylic disk is taped to a purple Cricut cutting mat with blue painter's tape. The ornament is engraved with "deck the halls" and little holly berry leaves.

The engraving will take anywhere from 20-30 minutes if you are using my templates. Watch your machine for the first couple of minutes, checking that it starts at the right spot on the mat.

Once your acrylic ornaments are finished engraving, unload your mat and clean off the dust with a damp paper towel. If you want to darken your engraving, you can consider a black enamel pen. Color over the engraving with the pen and wipe away the excess for a slightly darker engraving result.

Step 4: Adding Rhinestones to your Acrylic Ornament

A white hand is pictured holding a bottle of Gemtac glue. Engraved Christmas ornaments and a tray of colorful gems sit laid out on a black tabletop.

You can dress up your engraved, personalized Christmas ornaments with some extra sparkle by using Gemtac and rhinestones as an optional step.

I have tested adding paint or gold leafing behind the engraving, and the result was a blurred engraving, so I do not recommend this.

Abbi's hand is pictured using a gemstone pen to apply small gemstones to engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments. The small gems sit in white and green snowflake-shaped dishes.

I dipped my rhinestones in some Gemtac then place them on the acrylic disk ornament so that it doesn’t leave any unwanted residue behind that can be seen when the clear ornament is hanging. The Gemtac will dry clear not white.

Abbi's hands are pictured adding a length of silver ribbon to the top of an engraved acrylic Christmas ornament.

Finish your engraved acrylic craft by adding ribbon or twine to the top and hanging your personalized Christmas ornament on a tree! These handmade ornaments also make fabulous gifts!

Three engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments sit on a Christmas wreath surrounded by red, green, and gold craft supplies.

Engraved Acrylic Christmas Ornaments

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Learn how to make festive personalized engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments with a Cricut cutting machine! These ornaments make perfect Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones.

Materials

Instructions

Step 1: Changing Operation in Design Space to Engrave

  • It’s important to note that not only do you need to scale your engravings to .5 smaller than your ornament, but you also ensure you have checked the Operation (a.k.a Linetype) to Engrave at the top left of Design Space.

Step 2: Setting your Engraving Design on the Mat

  • When you are ready, click the Make it button at the top of the screen, and on the first cut screen, move your design so that it sits exactly six squares down and six squares to the right, just like the image below.
  • Next, match the placement of your acrylic ornament disks to the image on the screen—count six squares down and to the right.
  • IMPORTANT: Place the bottom of the tiny circle opening (where you’ll string twine) against the line. Do NOT align it directly to the top of the disk.
  • Once you have the placement right, add a bit of painter’s tape to the very top and bottom for extra security.

Step 3: Insert Your Engraving Tip for Cricut Maker

  • Switch out the blade for the Quickswap housing with the engraving tip.
  • Load your mat and press Go on your machine. I have selected acrylic 1mm for the material setting – there is also a 2mm.
  • Once your acrylic ornaments are finished engraving, unload your mat and clean off the dust with a damp paper towel.

Step 4: Adding Rhinestones to your Acrylic Ornament

  • You can dress up your engraved, personalized Christmas ornaments with some extra sparkle by using Gemtac and rhinestones as an optional step.
  • Finish your engraved acrylic craft by adding ribbon or twine to the top and hanging your personalized Christmas ornament on a tree!

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Three completed engraved acrylic Christmas ornaments sit on top of a Christmas wreath. Each ornament is engraved with a classic Christmas saying and decorated with gemstones and silver ribbons.

Don’t forget to download the free engraving template above! To see how to engrave on metal, check out my other engraving tutorial for beginners here!

An engraved acrylic Christmas ornament hangs on a white flocked Christmas tree surrounded by silver bows and white Christmas lights. The engraving on the ornament says "It's the most wonderful time of the year" and is decorated with silver gemstones.

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