DIY Christmas Gift Ideas & How to Layer Vinyl

I know it’s hard to believe, but it is time to make that list and check it twice, especially if you like DIY Christmas gift ideas. As a mom, while finances might be tight, your most precious commodity is probably YOUR TIME! Luckily the DIY Christmas Gift ideas I’m sharing today use layered vinyl and are super easy. Plus I am going to show you exactly how to layer vinyl so you can whip these up fast, but still have Christmas gifts with that more personal, homemade touch.

Baby It's Cold Outside - Hot Cocoa Kettle and Mug Set - DIY Christmas Gift Ideas via @PagingSupermom

Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas using Vinyl Layering via @PagingSupermom

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

This months’ Fresh Cuts SVG Bundle is a Cozy Christmas theme, and it’s filled with adorable SVG files that you can use to make loads of different DIY Christmas gifts and decor. I love my Cricut cutting machine because it really saves a ton of time when it comes to crafting. You get to skip all the tedious cutting and still create something incredible.

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas using Cricut Vinyl via @pagingSupermom

What are SVG files?

If you’re not familiar, SVG files are Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) which you means you can resize them from tiny to gigantic without sacrificing any image quality. You can use SVG files for a wide range of projects, and they are the best file format for cut files to use with electronic cutting machines like Cricut or Silhouette.

 SVG files are best file format for cut files to use with an electronic cutting machine like Cricut.

I used my “Baby It’s Cold Outside” graphic from Cozy Christmas bundle to make this cute Hot Cocoa Kettle — this hand-lettered Hot Cocoa Kettle takes less than 5 minutes of hands-on time to make.

Baby It's Cold Outside - Hot Cocoa Kettle and Mug Set - DIY Christmas Gift Ideas via @PagingSupermom

Isn’t it darling??? I must admit I’m kind of obsessed with this hand-lettered Hot Cocoa Kettle. My daughter drew that cute little Scarf Girl, and I did the hand lettering.

I had originally planned to put this graphic on the side of a red ceramic mug, and while shopping for a mug I found this white enamelware kettle instead, and I knew it was perfect! I got my enamelware kettle at Walmart, but you can order a similar Camp Kettle and mug set here. This graphic would look equally adorable on the side of ceramic mug, tee or sweatshirt.

When it comes to DIY Christmas gifts, they can get time consuming so it’s smart to have a plan. The Supermom approach here is to look for DIY Christmas gift ideas that give you not just the biggest bang for your buck, but also biggest bang for your TIME!

My Christmas gift strategy is to come up with one project that I love and make a bunch of it, assembly-line style. I actually DO make a list of who I want to give gifts too, but it’s more for getting a count than an actual shopping list. I also sort my gift list into gifting levels. For example, I might have a larger gift that I’ll be making for my siblings or family members and a smaller gift that I make for friends.

HINT: If you like this “Baby It’s Cold Outside” decal but want to whip them out even faster, you can forego the vinyl layering and just cut the words and girl’s outline out of black vinyl. Although read on for my vinyl layering tutorial — you might be surprised that making multi-color layered vinyl decals is a lot easier than you think!

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas using Layered Vinyl and Cricut Design Space tutorial via @PagingSupermom

How to Layer Vinyl Cricut

Have you wondered how to layer vinyl to make multi-color decals? You’ll be pleased to know that layering vinyl with Cricut is easy so don’t be intimidated!  Of course, you can use whatever design software is compatible with your preferred cutting machine, and the steps for how to layer vinyl will be the same as what I’m showing you with my Cricut vinyl. You’ll begin by importing the SVG file into your cutter’s design software like Cricut Design Space, which should automatically recognize the different color layers in the SVG file and prompt you through the steps to cut out each layer.

To make the layered vinyl graphic you’ll need Cricut vinyl in the colors you want — mainly black and then a bit of brown and red adhesive vinyl for the accents. If you’re doing this layered vinyl decal on a colored surface you’ll also probably want an additional color of vinyl for the girl’s face. This is a really great project for using up leftover adhesive vinyl scraps (I always save my Cricut vinyl scraps in a bin, because so many designs like this one just need a small bit). Below I’ve provided a Cricut vinyl layering tutorial with detailed instructions for how to layer vinyl and the whole layered vinyl process.

Cricut Basics - Weeding Vinyl and making a multi-color layered vinyl decal tutorial from @PagingSupermom

Cricut Vinyl Layering Tutorial

TO MAKE: Before you begin making this layered vinyl decal, you will need the Fresh Cuts Cozy Christmas bundle plus a cutting machine — my preference is the Cricut Maker. Of course you will also need various colors Cricut vinyl for layering. Upload the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” SVG File to Cricut Design Space, then add it to a new Project. Make sure all the color layers are welded together using the “Weld” button on the bottom in the Layers section on the right-hand side (see Cricut Design Space screenshot below). Resize the design to fit your project — for my camp kettle I made the graphic 5.7-inches tall. After resizing the design, hit the green “Make It” button to send the project to the Cricut to cut.

Cricut Design Space - Cricut Basics - Weeding Vinyl and making a multi-color layered vinyl decal tutorial from @PagingSupermom

Place your vinyl on a Standard Grip Mat then load into your Cricut cutting machine once you’re prompted. The Cricut Maker machine offers a “Fast Mode” for speedier cuts, but I would leave it off for cutting out a more intricate design like this one. I think it works better to let the Cricut take its time with the cut — at least for the black vinyl layer. The Cricut interface will guide you through the whole cutting process.

Cricut Basics - Weeding Vinyl and making a multi-color layered vinyl decal tutorial from @PagingSupermom

Once you have your cut completed, weed out the excess vinyl (I like to use this Cricut tool which my kid’s think looks like a dentist’s scaler LOL!). Weeding the black layer is the only difficult part of this project, but luckily I think weeding vinyl is fun.

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas using Layered Vinyl and Cricut Design Space tutorial via @PagingSupermom

Apply transfer tape over the top of your black vinyl design to begin the vinyl layering process.  Cricut makes clear transfer tape, and it really makes it easier to be precise both as you’re layering the vinyl and as you’re applying the layered vinyl decal to it’s final spot. For some of my vinyl projects, I’ll skimp and just use masking tape as my transfer tape, but when I’m making a layered decal like this one I always use the clear transfer tape.

How to Layer Vinyl Cricut Design Space Tutorial via @PagingSupermom

Once you’ve positioned the tape over your weeded black vinyl, firmly rub over the design with a scraper tool to secure it to the new surface (a credit card will also do). Remove the tape, making sure all of the black vinyl pieces transfer over to it.

cut the colored vinyl layers in reverse using the “mirror” setting  in Cricut Design Space.

Next you’ll add the colored layers. In the past, when I’m layering vinyl I normally pick the black layer up and then just overlay it onto each of the colored vinyl layers, but since this design is so tall, it was unwieldy and kept trying to stick to the table surface while I was trying to get things lined up. Then I had an AHA! moment — I should have cut the colored vinyl layers in reverse using the “mirror” setting  in Cricut Design Space. This setting flips the design and is typically used for creating iron-on transfers. For this project though, if you cut the black layer normal and the colored layers mirrored, then you can flip over the black layer and overlay the colored layers from the back. This approach was MUCH EASIER!

Baby Its Cold Outside Layered Vinyl Decal - Vinyl Layering Cricut Design Space Tutorial via @PagingSupermom

Baby Its Cold Outside Layered Vinyl Decal - Vinyl Layering Cricut Design Space Tutorial via @PagingSupermom

Once you’ve layered in the colors, place the layered vinyl decal over its original backing paper, and rub to secure all the layers together. Now you’re ready to place the decal onto it’s final spot!

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas using Layered Vinyl and Cricut Design Space tutorial via @PagingSupermom

Make sure the area where you’re planning to place the vinyl decal is completely clean from dust and debris. I like to wipe it down with a dry microfiber or lint-free cloth. My kettle has a tapered shape and it wouldn’t hold still as I tried to apply the decal. I solved this problem, by rolling up a bath towel and nestling the kettle in. Next position the decal over your prepared area. You can apply the decal all at once, or for larger decals, start peeling the backing just from the top part, affix this portion then gradually remove the backing as you lay the rest down, pressing firmly as you go to prevent wrinkling and bubbles. Peel back the transfer tape and voila!

Baby It's Cold Outside - Hot Cocoa Kettle and Mug Set - DIY Christmas Gift Ideas via @PagingSupermom

More DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Here are some more DIY Christmas Gift ideas that you can make using the Fresh Cuts Cozy Christmas SVG Bundle.

Faux Knit Sweater Tees
DIY Christmas Gift Ideas using Cricut Vinyl via @pagingSupermom
Chalkboard Signs
Super-cute Packaging for Baked Goodies

Be sure to grab the Cozy Christmas bundle today so you can get it at the lowest possible price — introductory pricing of $5.97 ends this weekend!