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….
Kung Phoo says
those are cool ornements.. i do no remember ever seeing them like that before.
Erin Slocum says
What a neat idea for ornaments! My kids would love this!
Laura O in AK says
I have friends who would LOVE these ornaments. I need to share about it with them as a few are far more into crafting than I am.
Heather Jones says
These are awesome!! I could just see myself making an instagram tree!!
Cindy Gordon says
These are SUPER cute! We need them for our tree!
Michelle Feliciano says
That is such a great idea. I love that they look like they are floating.
Lorene Nance says
Thanks, everyone! I love personalized gifts and decor and these fit the bill perfectly and are so easy! Happy Christmas!
Holly @ Woman Tribune says
This is such a clever idea. I have so many friends who are diehard Dr. Who fans. They would really get a kick out of these.
kristi dominguez says
We have lots of family members who love Dr. Who…they'd go crazy for these!!
These came out so nice,I love ornaments like these.
Caitlin Fore says
Wow!! These look so professional – You can't even tell that you made them! nice work!!
Liz Mays says
I totally love the idea of adding in artwork that I love. These are really neat!
Mistee Dawn says
These are so cool. My husband would love these. He loves Doctor Who.
I am not a Doctor Who water but I really like those ornaments. Now the wheels are turning in my head if I can create something like that at home.
BonBon Rose Girls Kristin says
This would be a great DIY gift for kiddos to make!
Patranila Jefferson says
I love that they float!
Amber Trautman says
Where can I find decals and/or the pictures like this? We're all die hard whovians here and I would love to make these.
Sharry Mark says
All are very unique collection. I really very love this. Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep sharing.