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Make These Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Crafts from Dollar Tree Items

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rae dunn christmas dollar tree – an ornament and mug

Love Rae Dunn inspired crafts?

Lots of us here at Hip2Save are fans of this simplistic farmhouse style font traditionally featured on ceramic mugs, plates, canisters, and bowls from designer Rae Dunn. It’s clean looking and just makes a plain mug or canister look stylish and cute!


rae dunn christmas dollar tree – ornaments on the tree

I still LOVE this pretty trend.

I enjoy it so much and have brought this idea into a few different vinyl crafts and DIY projects over the last year or so, including these DIY Rae Dunn ornaments and my DIY Kitchen Labels. For Halloween, I even made over some inexpensive items into fun Halloween decor using Rae Dun inspired decals made with my Cricut vinyl cutter.


rae dunn christmas dollar tree – mugs, ornaments, and supplies

Let’s make some new Christmas Items!

Today I’m sharing three EASY projects you can make using items found at Dollar Tree. They look super cute but are also budget friendly because… well, they’re a dollar! Awesome, right? In fact, I bought all of these clear ornaments, dishes, and holiday ribbon for less than $10 at Dollar Tree!

The cool part about making your own Rae Dunn crafts is that you can completely customize the colors and the actual words for personalizing. And also, if this font isn’t your style, then just use one you like! This is a great beginner project if you’re new to Silhouette or Cricut vinyl crafting!


rae dunn christmas dollar tree – printing the vinyl lettering

1st Step: Make vinyl decals!

The first step to all three of these crafts is to make your vinyl decals using a vinyl cutting machine such as Cricut or Silhouette. Use the colors you’d like and customize the words you’d like as well. I am using a strong Oracle 651 vinyl for these, especially for the coffee cups because it’s more likely to stay after hand washing (don’t use the dishwasher). 

I have in-depth directions HERE on how to make these decals. It’s pretty simple. The free font closest to the Rae Dunn style is called The Skinny.

Hip Tip: To care for finished items, hand wash cups and plates, and avoid exposing them to extreme heat (dishwasher or the microwave).


1. Clear Plastic Ball Ornaments

rae dunn christmas dollar tree – Adding bows to the ornaments

To get this look:

  • Fill a clear ornament with red gift basket shredded paper.
  • Transfer decal to ornament using Glad Press n’ Seal, because it’s easier to use on a ball-shaped item, in my opinion. Note: My font for the ornaments are sized at 1.5 inches tall.
  • Use hot glue to attach ribbon to the top of the ornament.

rae dunn christmas dollar tree – finished ornaments

 


2. Embellished Coffee Mugs

rae dunn christmas dollar tree – applying lettering to mugs

To get this look:

  • Transfer vinyl decal using clear transfer tape. Note: My font for these coffee mugs is sized at 2 inches tall.
  • For a fun gift idea: Fill mug with Christmas candy, wrap with clear cellophane, and top with ribbon.

rae dunn christmas dollar tree – cellophane packaging filled mugs as gifts


2. Festive Christmas Plate

rae dunn christmas dollar tree – deck the halls christmas plate

To get this look:

  • Transfer vinyl decal using clear transfer tape, since it’s a flat surface. Note: My font for this plate is sized at about 2 inches tall, but you’ll need to make sure the overall size fits the plate.

I think it would be fun to do a grouping of plates or maybe a solid white ceramic cookie jar to use for Christmas cookies and treats!


rae dunn christmas dollar tree – plate, mugs, and ornaments

Seriously cute results!

I love the transformation of ordinary items into something personalized and special. These were simple and FUN little holiday projects, and I love that I saved money by shopping Dollar Tree!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 13

  1. Sam

    How can I bookmark this post on my app?

    • Shelly

      Yes I miss the old app too where they had a save option 😕

  2. Tiff

    I wish I had a vinyl machine!!

  3. Lona

    can the mugs or plates go in the dishwasher?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would hand wash for best results – great question. Thanks

  4. mel

    Per the hip tip posted it says to hand wash them, and not to expose to extreme heat (dishwasher or the microwave).

  5. Ashleys5173

    Will office depot or staples print on vinyls? Where can you have them made of you don’t have a cricut?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm ya it’s not printing – cutting. I would search Etsy.com for “Rae Dunn Christmas Decals”. I just did and saw a bunch for sale. Hope that helps!

  6. Lynn Riddle

    I don’t have a cricut or any machine like that, but I actually did ornaments like this last year simply by using a paint pen & putting the letters on by hand. I just looked at the font alphabet to recreate the look. They turned out really well!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That is so awesome and creative! I love it! Thanks for sharing Lynn!

  7. ALLISON

    These are beautiful!! I seriously love them all! I was thinking about doing a set of plates and some serving platters! I hope mine turn out as great as yours!! Thank you for posting This!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks so much! Have fun creating yours ❤️

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