Hi again, Lorene here from just Lu with some more fun Doctor Who (or whatever you’re into) easy crafts.
DIY “Floating” Acrylic Plastic Ornaments or Charms
- clear acrylic plastic sheet (like plexiglass) — I found mine at Hobby Lobby for about $3
- x-acto knife, craft knife, box cutter, or you could buy a specific acrylic plastic cutter
- straight-edge yard stick or quilting ruler
- vinyl decals or printouts of the artwork or photos that you want on your ornaments
- double stick tape
- ⅛ inch ribbon
1 – Cut the acrylic sheet into squares/rectangles to fit the vinyl designs or printed paper that you want on your ornaments. I cut my acrylic pieces about ½ inch larger than the designs to leave ¼ inch margin around all the edges.
Worried about cutting acrylic sheet plastic? It’s really easy — it just takes a bit of courage the first time! Just line your straight edge up with where you want to make the cut and use the craft knife to score the plastic deeply — I used a lot of pressure to cut the groove about 5 times for each cut. Then, place the cut line along the edge of a firm surface, like the square edge of a countertop, and slowly bend the overhanging piece until -POP- it breaks cleanly along the scored line.
A note: I left the thin protective plastic on both sides of the sheet during cutting, so that I cut through one of the plastic protectors with the knife and then trimmed the other one once the sheet had broken. I felt like it helped keep the cuts cleaner and prevented the acrylic sheet from splintering along edges. Once you’ve got the pieces cut down, peel off the protective plastic.
2 – Then, use double-stick tape on the corners of the *front* of your printed designs, and carefully center and stick them to the acrylic sheet pieces you’ve cut. If you’re using vinyl decals, stick them on the front of the acrylic pieces.
3 – Cut lengths of ribbon between 1.5-2 times the width of each ornament for hangers. Seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter or FrayCheck, and then attach the ribbon hangers to the top corners of the ornaments with a very small dab of hot glue.
So easy, so fun, and so personalized! The hardest part for me was selecting the very best sayings because I wanted to do every one-liner from the whole Doctor Who series….