Christmas Decor with my Silhouette Cameo

In-between the holiday rush, I decorated the house a little for Christmas since we were hosting Christmas dinner at our home this year. This was the first year that I decorated… I didn’t grow up around decorated houses – my mother’s decor was more practical/utilitarian. I think the only thing we had on the wall was a calendar in the kitchen.

One of my goals for this year was to use my Silhouette Cameo (a electronic cutting machine) to help me decorate my house.

My first idea about how I’d use it was to make papercut art (flat and 3D) and frame and hang it around the house.  I also cut out some paper snowflakes, tea light holders and a small tea light Christmas village for our mantel! I also cut out a few ornaments and decorations out of cardstock. Cutting paper dulls your blade fast though, so I switched mediums – to cutting vinyl! P1020116

I picked up a few rolls of red and green wall vinyl, and decorated a column and above our TV in the living room with it. I also found some white window cling material and cut snowflakes and other silhouettes for my windows.  I love that window clings are reusable, so I won’t have to cut them out again next year. They are also easier to remove than wall vinyl from glass.

At the end of the month I hosted an ornament making/decorating party. We used scrap vinyl I had on hand to decorate ornaments, cut a few out of paper and made a floating ornament (with a vinyled piece of acetate inside of a clear ornament). I also used vinyl to customize gift bags & tags, plus whatever else it would stick to. Overall, I’m happy with what I was able to create/decorate during the holidays with my Silhouette! I think it’s the most I’ve ever used it, so I learned a ton in the past month with very few craft disasters! I received it as a Christmas present last year and was just dying then to make Christmas decorations (but had to wait almost a year to get started!) I also practiced etching glass with a vase I picked up. P1020117

I’m already working on Valentine’s Day decor for my mantel! Pictures/blog post to come soon!

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