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How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves (Without a Heat Press)

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How to make Dollar Tree personalized elves without a heat press.  These elves make great gifts, or you can add them to your shop to sell.

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 thought...what about a flat iron?

A flat iron works great!

How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves


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.


Vinyl


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.

Flat Iron


I have a heat press, but the flat iron makes this so easy.  I set mine at 310 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.


Supplies



Tools



Step 1


Create the name in SCAL.  I set mine at 2 inches wide for most names. 

Step 2


Mirror the name and cut it on white heat transfer vinyl.  Weed the vinyl and cut the names out.

Step 3


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.



Step 4


Peel the carrier sheet off and you're done.  I inspect for any vinyl that didn't stick and repress as needed.



So cute!  I sold two of them before the examples had even cooled.

These are not recommended for children under 3-years-old.


Personalized Christmas Elf

Yield: 1 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

steps:

  1. Create the name in SCAL. I set mine at 2 inches wide for most names.
  2. Mirror the name and cut it on white heat transfer vinyl. Weed the vinyl and cut the names out.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
christmas, elf, personalized
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How to make personalized Christmas elves without a heat press. Cut vinyl with your Cricut or Silhouette.  This cute Christmas elf and be on the shelf or personalized with a child's name and given as a doll.  Cute craft idea or decorations to make for yourself or as a handmade DIY gift. #christmas #vinyl #elf



Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

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.