Our next movie in the Countdown to Christmas is A Nashville Christmas Carol, starring Wes Brown and Jessy Schram. Jessy plays a workaholic television producer who is forced to work on a country music Christmas special with the man who broke her heart. Throughout the experience, she is visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, who want her to realize what’s really most important in life. This movie is packed with some extra special guest stars including Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, Kix Brooks, RaeLynn, and Kimberly-Williams Paisley. (See more about the movie here!)
For this movie’s ornament, I wanted to feature the city of Nashville along with a nod to the music industry since it’s central to the storyline. Here’s what I came up with and how you can make your own!
CITY OF NASHVILLE ORNAMENT
round wooden ornament (mine is from Michaels)
acrylic or multi-surface paint, any color
Permanent white vinyl (mine is Cricut Smart Vinyl, white)
FolkArt Glitterific (or Mod Podge/glue and glitter)
Creating your ornament
Step 1: Paint your ornament a solid color.
I chose blue, because it’s the color of the Nashville flag, part of the Tennessee flag, and a team color for several Tennessee sports teams. However, feel free to choose any color you like for your background if you’d like to customize it.
Step 2: Open the Nashville cut file I created in your Cricut Design Space software.
Select “Customize it,” and you’ll have the opportunity to size it to fit your ornament. I sized mine to 3″ wide, but if you’re not using the exact same wooden ornament, just measure yours and choose an appropriate width.
If you don’t have a Cricut, here’s a file you can download and use with another machine or to use as a stencil and draw or paint by hand.
Step 3: Send the file to your machine and cut it from permanent vinyl.
Step 4: Weed the design.
That means peeling all of the vinyl that is not part of your design off of the backing.
Step 5: Apply a piece of transfer tape over your design.
Make sure to press firmly. Using a burnishing tool and rubbing the design with pressure will help it adhere to the transfer tape.
Peel the clear transfer tape away from the backing and the design should come along with it.
Step 6: Apply the vinyl to the front of your ornament.
Once again, press firmly and/or rub with a burnishing tool to help it adhere to the front of the ornament.
Make sure the paint on the ornament is completely dry before you do this step, or the wet paint will come back off onto the transfer tape. (Ask me how I know…) Peel the transfer tape off and you should be left with your design affixed to the ornament.
Step 7: Apply glitter!
I used FolkArt Glitterific, which has a fun variety of sizes, shapes, and colors of glitter suspended in a clear acrylic base. You can also opt for glue or Mod Podge and any kind of glitter you like sprinkled on top. I only applied the glitter to the blue areas, not the vinyl decal. Of course, this part is optional, so if you hate glitter and fun, you can be finished at the end of the previous step.
Once your ornament is completely dry, it’s finished and ready to display on the tree!
This ornament is a great celebration of the city of Nashville and its musical roots, don’t you think? It can also be easily customized for any city, state, or location, so you can take this idea and run with it for making all kinds of other ornaments too! If you create your own, I’d love to see how they turn out; be sure to share your holiday project photos with us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook group!
If you like this project, don’t forget to save it to Pinterest and/or share it with a Hallmark movie-loving friend. Also, don’t miss these other ornaments from the Countdown to Christmas series: