Personalized Elves and Stuffed Animals with Iron On Vinyl
Looking for fun gifts for co-workers, stocking stuffers, or that special little in your life? You can make personalized elves and other stuffed animals quick and easy using iron on vinyl!
One of the easier things you can do with a Cricut is cut iron on vinyl and use it personalize stuffed animals, dolls, toys, and even elves! Ive had a lot of requests for a tutorial on how to personalize these quickly and efficiently, and I want to go over how to find them, how to size designs, which fonts work best, and how to get the vinyl to stick!. So for Day 5 of The Great Maker Day Gift-Away Challenge, I am showing you how to personalize elves and stuffed animals with iron on vinyl!
See exactly how to personalize elves and stuffed animals with iron on vinyl in this tutorial video below (or keep scrolling if you prefer a step-by-step photo tutorial):
First, where to find these stuffed animals—most of the items in this tutorial were obtained from the Dollar Tree. We have elves, moose, mermaids, dolls, flying horses, and super heroes. Dollar Tree stuffies are popular because, well, theyre really inexpensive so theyre ideal when you have a LOT of people to buy for (like, say, gifts of a large team or family) or when you want to re-sell them at craft show. Just keep in mind you get what you pay for theyre very simple and hardly made of the highest quality materials. But hey, you can personalize fancier and plusher things, too, like this cute bunny. I have a shopping list linked in this video that gives you ideas on some items you can personalize at various prices.
That said, I know most of you are most interested in personalizing the cute little elves from the Dollar Tree, so Im going to use that as our example in how to create and size designs for it.
Ive even drawn up a template you can use to resize things for perfect sizing every time. Ive even made you some extra decals like bows, earrings, snowflakes, glasses, and so on you can use to fancy up your elves.
One of the drawbacks to these elves is how they only show up in pink at the Dollar Tree. I mean, whats with that? We KNOW elves are ALL colors. So Ill also show you how you can color your elves using either fabric markers or alcohol ink.
Now, for supplies, you mostly just need white iron-on vinyl. I like to use basic Cricut Everyday Iron on Vinyl, Glitter Iron on Vinyl, and Flocked Iron on Vinyl (which is a soft, almost fabric-like vinyl). These simplest one to use is the everyday iron on, but the prettiest is the glitter. Ill show you all three look later.
To press your iron on vinyl to the stuffed animals and dolls, I recommend you use a small iron like the Cricut Mini EasyPress, which is what I used to make all of these very fast. If you dont have a mini, you can use a small craft iron, a heat press, or even a hair straightener in a pinch. The nice thing is most of these things are made of polyester felt, and the vinyl sticks quite easily to them.
Let me show you how to personalize your plushies! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
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Materials to Make Personalized Elves and Stuffed Animal Gifts
How to Make Personalized Elves and Stuffed Animal Gifts
Step 1: Get my free personalized elf decal patterns.
Download the free personalized elf and stuffed animal decals (Design #) from my free resource library(get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Step 2: Design your elf or plushie personalization.
If youre not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If youre on an iPhone or iPad, heres how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Heres what my personalized elf decal SVG cut file looks like uploaded to Cricut Design Space:
Names on elves should be sized to about 1 tall, and names on Christmoose antlers about tall.
Fonts that work well for personalized elves and other stuffed animals include:
Step 3: Cut your iron on vinyl.
I cut my iron on vinyl names and decals on my Cricut cutting machine, so let me show you how to do that!
Remember to MIRROR your design when cutting on iron-on vinyl!
Tip: Click here for my guide on how to tell which side of the vinyl to cut!
Step 4: Weed your iron on vinyl.
Carefully weed the excess vinyl from your cut vinyl using a weeding tool. Pay attention to any letters with centers so you dont accidentally leave them in.
Step 5: Iron on your vinyl
Turn on your Cricut Mini EasyPress, set it to the second heat setting, and pre-heat.
Now first press your elf or stuffed animal with a piece of parchment paper on top for 10 seconds to prepare it for the vinyl.
Next, position the iron on vinyl on the elf or stuffed animal, and press for seconds.
Finally, allow the liner to cool just a tad (so it is warm to the touch instead of hot) and then peel it off.
No Cricut Mini Press? Here are some alternatives:
- Table top heat press (preferably with a small plate attachment): °F at seconds
- Hair straightener: preheat for 10 seconds before vinyl, press for 25 seconds with the vinyl on, remove film, then press again for seconds
Notes: Be careful not to press too long, your vinyl could actually pick up some of the color of the fabric.
Step 6: (Optional) Dress them up!
You can add more embellishments to your elves and stuffed animals. Try pom poms, tutus, clothing, and more! (Note: If you are gifting or selling these to anyone under the age of 3, keep these embellishments OFF to avoid choking hazards.)
A lot of people like to sell these. Ive seen them go for anyone where from $5-$10 each. You can decide how to much to charge based on how much your base materials cost, how much time you put into it, and your market.
Get my free elf and stuffed animal decal SVG cut files and patterns
If you personalize an elf, moose, mermaid, super hero, or something else, we want to see! Please share your photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker . You can even earn two bonus entries for my Day Gift-Away giveaway if you upload a photo of your version of this project by December 25th.
See all of the projects, tutorials and free designs in The Great Maker Day Gift-Away Challenge!
Want to remember this? Save the Personalized Elves and Stuffed Animals Tutorial to Your Favorite DIY Pinterest Board!
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How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves (Without a Heat Press)
I volunteer at a nonprofit, and being a nonprofit, they always need more money. Since I have a Silhouette die cutter and a heat press, I make shirts and other things for them to sell.
Last spring, I made personalized Easter Bunnies. This year, I added personalizes elves. They are quick and easy to make, and they sell really well.
I was trying to figure out how to make without completely squishing them in the heat press. Then I thoughtwhat about a flat iron?
A flat iron works great!
These make great little crafts to add to your shop or give as small gifts. They have a great profit margin if you're selling them.
I sell them for $7 for the nonprofit, but most people sell them for $6. Considering the elf only costs $1, that's a decent markup.
Dollar Tree Elves
I got my elves at Dollar Tree. They are really cute and about 9 inches tall. The name area is 2 inches wide, which is perfect for most names.
They have a boy and a girl available. They look very similar, but they have different colored shirts and the girl is wearing a skirt.
I used white Siser easy weed. I'm actually using all scraps. I save each little piece, and they are perfect for these names. You need about 1 inch by 2 inches for each name.
Even if you have to buy vinyl, you can fit a lot of names on a sheet.
I have a heat press, but the flat iron makes this so easy. I set mine at degrees and press for 12 seconds.
Software and Font
I use Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL)with my Silhouette. It's easier to use than the Silhouette design software.
I used the font Boyz R Gross. It's a cute and fun font. You can use any font for yours.
The iron will be hot, so you might want to grab a hot pad.
Create the name in SCAL. I set mine at 2 inches wide for most names.
Mirror the name and cut it on white heat transfer vinyl. Weed the vinyl and cut the names out.
These are not recommended for children under 3-years-old.
Personalized Christmas Elf
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $2
prep time: 15 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 20 M
How to make a cute personalized Christmas elf without using a heat press
- Create the name in SCAL. I set mine at 2 inches wide for most names.
- Mirror the name and cut it on white heat transfer vinyl. Weed the vinyl and cut the names out.
- Place the name on the elf. Then place the elf inside the flat iron and press firmly. I use my hands to press on the open end. It will be hot! Use a hot pad so you don't burn yourself. Press for 12 seconds.
- Peel the carrier sheet off and you're done. I inspect for any vinyl that didn't stick and repress as needed.
NOTES:Not recommended for children .under 3
Copyright Koti Beth All rights reserved.
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Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.
Now, these DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Bell ornaments will be looking fabulous on your Christmas tree this year or, better yet, on presents. And the best part is you can make them and for under $
So run to your Dollar Tree as soon as you know there are Christmas items on the shelves because all those crafters grab up all the good stuff quick (yep, I’m one of those crafters.)
Dollar Tree Jingle Bell Ornaments
No need to spend a lot of money on ornaments this year when you can make these jingle bell ornaments yourself! I love to create, so I pick a weekend day in October and make all kinds of holiday decor- mostly with Dollar Tree items. These bells are super fun to make, and guess what you don’t even need a Cricut to make the letters.
Tips for Making Christmas Bell Ornaments
This craft won’t be done in a day, nope! First, you need to spray paint the bells then let them dry overnight. But the rest of the craft will only take you 5 minutes. Super easy and quick.
I will give you one vital tip: make sure you know where you want your letters to be placed. I make a dot on where I want the bottom of the letter to line up at, and the rub on letter will cover the dot, so no harm done. You will want to plan this out because once you put the rub on letter down it is stuck on there for good.
Another fun Christmas ornament to make is our DIY Snowman Face Glitter Filled Ornament.
How to Make These Dollar Tree Christmas Bell Ornaments at Home
Ready to get crafting? You will find the full tutorial below!
Active Time10 minutes
Additional Time1 day
Total Time1 day10 minutes
- Copper Spray Paint
- Black Spray Paint
- 2 Dollar Tree White Bell Ornaments
- Dollar Tree Black Rub on Transfers
- Dollar Tree Gold Rub on Transfers
- Remove greenery from the ornament. It should be attached by a small wire that you can untie, so you can tie back on later.
- Spray one bell with copper spray paint.
- Spray other bell with black spray paint.
- Let dry overnight.
- Cut out letters for wording you want on bells.
- Apply rub on transfers to bells (I just used my finger nail to apply the rub on transfers).
TIP: Make sure you know how you want the letters spaced before you put the rub on transfer down because once you put it down it will stick automatically.
For more easy Christmas Ornament ideas visit DollarCrafter.com
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Trying to find a budget-friendly Elf on the Shelf?
If you’re looking to snag an inexpensive alternative to the popular Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tradition, look for small plush elves sold at your local Dollar Tree (note that product selection can vary greatly from store to store). At my local Dollar Tree, they had both boy and girl elves in a couple of different styles for just $1!
Most plush toys can be easily personalized and embellished using heat transfer vinyl, including these cute Dollar Tree elves!
If you have a vinyl cutting machine, this is a quick and easy project! Simply cut names and carefully iron them to your elf. You can even include the year and other holiday-related shapes!
Personalized Dollar Tree Elves
1. Cut lettering and images out of heat transfer vinyl.
I used the font called Niagara Solid, sized at about Remember to mirror the lettering when cutting HTV and place the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting mat. Go here for detailed directions and tips on using HTV.
2. Weed out the vinyl names and details using a craft weeding tool.
3. Carefully transfer names to the elves using an iron.
Set your iron to high (I used the cotton setting), use parchment paper to protect your elf from burning, and press vinyl with an iron for about 8 seconds at a time. Peel back the clear backing carefully to see if the vinyl has transferred. If not, iron again for a few seconds.
These are so darn cute and really easy to make!
I’m sending personalized elves to my little nephews as part of their Christmas gift! SO FUN!
Even if you don’t end up personalizing, this is a great money-saving alternative to the original Elf on the Shelf!
I like that on these particular elves, the legs don’t really have stuffing, so they can sit on things easier to move around.
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