Welcome to Day 12 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today, I’ve got another easy HTV project.  I’m showing you how to make these cute personalized Christmas elves.  These elves have become so popular the last couple of years and I’m excited to show you how fun and easy they are to make. Read on for the full tutorial.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Elf Kit. It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 12.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE HEAT TRANSFER VINYL

Open the design in your software program.  Resize the design to 10″ wide and leave the height proportional.  You can also type out some names if you want to add those to your elves.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Since we are using Heat Transfer Vinyl, you will need to mirror the design before cutting it. You’ll also want to put the clear shiny carrier sheet on your mat.

Once everything is cut, remove the vinyl from your cutting mat and weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to remove the pieces inside of the letters.

Once everything is weeded, cut apart all of the individual design elements.

STEP 3: APPLY HEAT TRANSFER VINYL TO ELVES

Grab your heat press and heat it up.  Pick an element and place it on the elf.

Use the mini press to press the design onto the elf.  You’ll want to press for about 15 seconds.

Then, pull off the clear carrier sheet.

Repeat these steps with the other design elements.

These little elves are so much fun to create.  I just love the little glasses.

 

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library

 

 

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