DIY Mini Deer Pallet Ornament

If you’re a regular blog reader here, than you already know that I LOVE Pallet. I love it so much in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 12 amazing bloggers to show you just what a Pallet Explore can do! We have made 12 festive ornaments using our Pallet. I can’t wait for you to see what everyone is up to, including these Mini Deer Pallet Ornaments!

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I used leather for the deer head in this project – mostly because I really wanted to cut leather on my machine! You can use vinyl, or felt or any material you like.

What I used:

  • White Leather
  • Cricut Explore
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Thick Popsicle Sticks (dollar store)
  • Scissors
  • Wood Stain
  • Power Tac Glue
  • Jute String

How to Make Your Mini Deer Pallet Ornament:

 

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When you cut leather on your Cricut Explore, you may need a deep cutting blade. Mine leather wasn’t terribly thick, so the regular blade did the trick. There are two reasons for using transfer tape on the back of the leather: It keeps the leather firm and it protects your Cricut cutting mats from the fibrous material (you want your mat to last as long as possible!). It does a perfect job of cutting the miniature deer ornament!

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I did two versions of these deer, because I wasn’t sure which one I liked better. The ones pictured in this post are the smaller deer heads in the photo. You can access my design HERE, when you sign into your Cricut Design Space.

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Set the dial on your Cricut to “custom”, and then select “Leather – 2mm” from the options menu.

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Your Cricut will automatically do 3 or 4 cuts, and the deer should come out perfectly!

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Next grab those popsicles and cut them for the mini pallet. The four across were 3.5″ each, and the top and bottom pieces were just over 3″ each.

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Once they are cut, you can use wood stain to stain the popsicle sticks if you want to.

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When it comes to glues, I can be very picky! (Does that make me sound like a snobby DIYer?! lol). I just don’t like glue guns leaving strings and globs, and not letting my projects sit flat. Power-Tac was the perfect glue for the job!

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I used the Power-Tac glue to attach the pallet popsicles, and the jute string to the back. It holds so well, I won’t have to worry about it breaking anytime soon!

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What do you think of my little rustic ornaments?! I hope I inspired you to make something this Christmas!

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If you love this DIY, you might love these Burlap Bubble Wreath too!

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