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DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Ornaments (& free SVGs)

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Handan and I try to walk every afternoon. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, stretch our old bones and breathe in some fresh air. Over the course of 4 miles, we mostly talk about the blog and the projects we’d like to tackle in the coming weeks.

Now, by “we,” I of course mean, “Handan.”

She talks.

I listen.

We plan.

So the other day, as we walked down a dappled, leaf-strewn path through a copse of maple and hickory in Sims Lake Park, Handan told me she wanted me to make radon ornaments.

(wait, what?)

As is my custom when she’s in a gibbering state, I just nodded my head and made my obligatory “Mmm hmm.”

But deep within my cranial custard, an alarm sounded.

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She carried on with her babbling, and there it was again!

“Radon ornaments.”

The klaxons intensified as visions of some post-apocalyptic Christmas tree danced through my head, its ornaments emblazoned with the yellow and black radiation trefoil.

I felt my standard nod and “Mmm hmm” wasn’t going to cut it this time.

The Loon was talking about a nuclear Christmas tree!

We just paid to have a radon system installed to get rid of the radioactive gas, and now this curly-haired cuckoo wanted me to craft with it?

I tried to understand how that would even be possible.

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Did they sell radon canisters? If so, where?

Did she want me to fill up glass ornaments with the deadly gas? If so, to what purpose?

Was she finally trying to get rid of me once and for all under the guise of “crafting?” If so, why?

Without me, there would be no more Dirty Buffalo Wings – her favorite!

I squinted and shot her the Side Eye, as her mad ramblings continued unabated.

I could hold myself no longer.

“My babes!” I said, stopping in my tracks. “What the hell is a radon ornament?”

She paused and stared at me.

“Not “radon,” you silly bugger!” she said. “Rae. Dunn.”

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And then she spent the next ten minutes regaling me with the tale of some woman named Rae Dunn who apparently makes pottery and has good handwriting or something and how the entire Internet of Women went googoo bananas over her handwriting and now it’s a super-popular font that everyone uses for everything.

I listened in silence and recalled the days when I used to be cool and play guitar in a rock ‘n’ roll band.

“So,” she finished, “You’ll be making some Rae Dunn ornaments with your Joy and adhesive vinyl.”

I waited for the two words I needed to hear.

It’s easy, my babes.” she said.

I smiled and nodded. “Mmm hmm,” I said and settled into the rest of our walk.

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DIY Rae Dunn Ornaments

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How to make Rae Dunn Inspired Ornaments

With the words loaded into Design Space and Smart Vinyl at the ready, I let my Cricut Joy do the cutting. Why is it called “Smart Vinyl?” Because it doesn’t need a mat! How about that? It’s one of Joy’s little perks that I really love.

Oh, and because this is adhesive vinyl and not Infusible Ink, there’s no need to reverse the image.

feeding vinyl into cricut joy

When Joy had finished her business, I cut off the piece she had chewed.

cutting vinyl with scissors

Ahhh, compared to Infusible Ink, this permanent vinyl is such a joy to weed (no pun intended)!

weeding a vinyl stencil
weeding a vinyl stencil

I then cut out each individual word.

cutting a vinyle design

You’re going to need StrongGrip transfer tape for the permanent vinyl. Don’t’ even bother trying the regular stuff. You may as well try to peel a potato with Scotch Tape.

transfer tape
putting transfer tape on a vinyl design for rae dunn ornaments

Even the strong transfer tape can take a little cajoling to get everything off the backing. Bending the carrier sheet back helps move things along.

putting transfer tape on a vinyl design for rae dunn ornaments

Here and there, I used a blade tip to release the vinyl from its backing.

putting transfer tape on a vinyl design for rae dunn ornaments
putting transfer tape on a vinyl design for rae dunn ornaments

Once I had the vinyl transferred, I cut slightly up between each letter. This would make it easier to apply to the spherical ornaments.

making rae dunn ornaments with vinyl

I did this on the top and bottom.

making rae dunn ornaments with vinyl

You can see the cuts in the image below.

making rae dunn ornaments with vinyl

I found it was easier to put the ornament on something soft, like a towel, to keep it in place while I worked.

making rae dunn ornaments with vinyl

I started by pressing the center of the word, and then I worked outward.

putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament
putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament
putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament

I carefully peeled the transfer tape. It is strong enough to not want to give up the design in some spots. You just have to work slowly when removing.

putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament
putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament
putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament

I ran my fingernail over all the letters to make sure they were well-adhered.

putting vinyl rae dunn design on an ornament
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Sometimes the vinyl would pull up with the transfer tape. It was easy enough to hold it in place with tweezers when this happened.

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My babes wanted me to put little ribbon bows on these Rae Dunn ornaments. Of course, that required Yours Craftily here to learn how to tie such dinky little things. Surely such delicate work cannot be accomplished with Hobbit hands like mine.

Fortunately, there is a way to tie the daintiest of bows regardless of how ham-handed you are.

Click on the video below to learn the Secrets of the Small Bow!

HOW to make a small bow

A dab of hot glue…

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…Press it into place, and Bob’s your uncle. A quick and easy DIY – my favorite!

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And here are the rest I made, but we’ve got plenty more for you in The VIP Patch!

Rae Dunn Ornaments - TheNavagePatch.com
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I wish I could have had our tree up and ready in time for these Rae Dunn ornaments, but alas, I’m in the middle of painting the living room, so the tree will have to wait until after Halloween!

Rae Dunn Ornaments - TheNavagePatch.com
Rae Dunn Ornaments - TheNavagePatch.com

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  1. OMGosh we had a good laugh with this post!! My husband works for a nuclear plant and your ‘radon ornaments’ is pure awesome ?

    Bonus, we were just talking about changing up the tree this year. Now I think we have a good idea of our new direction. Thanks for sharing.

    ?Happy Halloween? & Cheers!

    1. LOL, I’m happy I could give you guys a chuckle, Mo! Now, this new direction you’re going with your tree…is it the Rae Dunn direction or the radon direction? 😀

  2. Stumbled upon one of your blog posts the other day and I am already obsessed with the two of you and all you do…not stalker obsessed; you’re safe there! My house might just have every one of your crafts by the end of the year. Thanks for all you do.

  3. Greg, I love how ‘real’ and honest you and your wife are! It’s true, people DON’T listen to every word our loved ones say. It’s not because we don’t love them, we are just human. (Of course, life & death subjects are a different story, but I digress.) I’m not in a relationship, but I aspire to have one like you 2 who always ‘keep it real’ . You are honest, but it doesn’t come off as disrespectful. Greg, your anecdotes make my day! Your family stories about your ups & downs, & your love for DIY has kept me sane and smiling through these past COVID months. I try to catch up on your blogs on the weekends when I’m home & not in first grade teacher mode. Thanks for the great ideas, stories, and ‘kick in the butt’ to not feel sorry for myself and ‘keep truckin’! God bless!!

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for this wonderful comment. It makes me feel so good to hear that I make people smile or help them through these weird times. If you’re teaching in person, I hope you stay safe! Have a great holiday season – it’s time for us all to have some fun! 🙂

  4. Greg, I also have read your blogs for a few years and I just laugh so much. I absolutely love you and your wife! The both of you are so crafty. This is my first comment, I just couldn’t hold back any longer, lol. Thank you both for the information you share as well as the beautiful crafts!

  5. You got me at peeling a potato with scotch tape. Love these, especially with the glow behind them. They look so nice in the sleigh. Hoping for the circuit!!

  6. GAAHHH!! Greg you just CRACK ME UP!! I always look forward to your new posts and can never decide whether to skip right to the awesome DIY’s you & Handan do; or to slow-up for a sec and READ your hilarious insight! Keep it coming guys….you’re the BEST!!!! And……it’s on to Christmas!
    Be well & stay jolly, always!! Valerie

  7. Greg- thank you so much for the lesson on little bows! I’ve struggled with that for years and had given up. I’m going to go and make a few to impress my daughter (who seems to have the talent for making bows that I don’t have, lol). Not sure where she got that.
    Happy Thanksgiving! Please stay safe. Our covid numbers in Canada went up after our Thanksgiving weekend last month.

    1. Thank you, Julie – I’m so happy you found it useful! No worries about Covid here – I’ve already have our Thanksgiving chicken, and it’s just Baris, Handan, me and the dogs, lol! 🙂

  8. Pattern link above for Baking show ornaments links to the office patterns. I absolutely love you and your wife! The both of you are so crafty. This is my first comment, I just couldn’t hold back any longer. I could give you guys a chuckle, Now, in this new direction, you’re going with your tree.