The Learner Observer

Last year at this time I was dreading setting up for Christmas because I was hugely pregnant with twins and starting to reach the “get these babies out of me” stage of the pregnancy. But I did it. I didn’t like it, but I did it.

This year, with babies who may not yet know the magic of Christmas, but who most certainly will, and being in our new (hopefully forever) home, I’m waaaaaaay in the spirit. The halls are being decked and the twinkly lights are being set up in as many places as possible around the house. I would be the world’s biggest liar if I said I didn’t like this.

And while I have kids young enough to let me get away with whatever decor I want, I went for a very subtle and textured vibe. Lots of white, greens and warm metallics. And if you know me, you know this suits my general decor very well!

This brings me to the point of this post… I made some insanely, ridiculously simple ornaments this year – if you can call them ornaments, that is…




Did you spot them?

I made simple white cutouts of olive leaves.

Yes, that’s it.



And truthfully? I love them! I used them as fillers in the garland on our stairwell and I also used them on the Christmas tree as a garland itself. I’ll show you how.


I had the help of my super handy Cricut Explore One machine for this project, so if you don’t have one, don’t worry – you’ll have a chance to win one at the bottom of this post.

I designed the graphic in photoshop, uploaded to the Cricut Design Space and got to cutting. Honestly, once the designing part was done (which wasn’t easy for me), the rest was an absolute breeze! And the good news for you is that if you want to make this, you can use my design and save yourself my headaches!

Once I had them all cut out I sorted by size.


I had every intention of hanging them and bunching some of them together to make mistletoe-type ornaments, but that just never happened. I ended up liking them so much more as just simple standalone leaves to fill in the tree and garland.

Speaking of the garland…all of the leaves have little slits at the very top, which makes garland prep super easy!


The leaves just literally fit into one another.

I kind of wanted to hang this garland everywhere, and may just make one for the mantel still. We’ll see!


Once it’s together and the length you need, just hang ‘er up!

Seriously, you guys, I told you this was super simple. I wasn’t lying.


I put my garland in between the faux-fur one that was already on the tree and I love all the mixes of texture and shades of white. This tree may be my favourite one yet.




As for the garland, I used string (and then got smart and used wire) to attach them to parts of the garland along with some magnolia leaves.

Again, it doesn’t get much simpler.



And, if I decide to use these leaves for more projects, I can still make a little mistletoe-like ornament with them.

Because….why not, right?

I didn’t actually use the metallic leaves I cut out, so I do have extras. I just really liked the simplicity of the white. Call me boring, but sometimes white is just the best option!

If you’d like to make your own, here’s the graphic with the olive leaves!

Now, remember how I said that you could win your own Cricut? Well….

Now that you’ve seen what the Cricut can do, it’s time to enter to win your own Cricut Explore Air 2!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now it’s time to check out the other great Christmas Cricut Ornaments from my Canadian blogging friends!


From top left, they are:

Christmas Garland from The Learner Observer

3D Christmas Tree from Woman in Real Life

Star Ornament from The Inspired Home

Penguin Ornament from A Boy and His Mom

Handlettered Ornaments from Teacups and Things

Paper House Christmas Ornament from Fresh Crush

Easy Christmas Ornaments from Sparkle Shiny Love

3D Snowflake Ornament from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Mini Deer Pallet Ornament from Love Create Celebrate

3D Gingham Trees from Rambling Renovators

Glitter Monogram Snow Globe Ornaments from Bawlers and Crawlers

Paper Geometric Christmas Ornaments from Life is a Party

Atomic Starburst Ornaments from PMQ for Two

 Good luck!!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.





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    Casey @waffling

    November 21, 2016

    I would actually cut out a TON of decor for my upcoming wedding if I had a cricut!

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    Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook

    November 21, 2016

    Loving this idea…can you imagine the decor you can make every year to switch it up:)

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    November 21, 2016

    I would make ALL the things. No but seriously. I would make all sort of crafts – like laser cut toppers… Christmas ornaments. Cards.

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    November 21, 2016

    Adorable! I love the garland and the 3D paper projects for a variety of things – ornaments, table place cards, present tags … never-ending possibilities. Thanks for the opportunity!! Happy holidays

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    Joann @ Woman In Real Life

    November 21, 2016

    This is so pretty! Both the tree and the stair garland look lovely. And it’s so great that you’ve included the graphic so we can avoid that hassle. :)

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    November 21, 2016

    Looks great! Would be great for holiday cards, decor and crafts :) Thanks :)

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    November 21, 2016

    I have the original cricut and love it but I’m amazed at how much more the new ones do!

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    November 21, 2016

    This is such a unique and clever idea! I love this!! It’s gorgeous.

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    November 21, 2016

    This garland is beautiful! Your tree and christmas decor is stunning.

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    Steph M.

    November 21, 2016

    This looks amazing! I’m really loving what you’ve done with the tree, so pretty. There are so many things I can think of that I could make…cards, art work, I saw a paper cut out luminary that was beautiful!

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    Kelly D

    November 21, 2016

    I would like to make Christmas cards.

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    November 22, 2016

    These turned out great, love the simplicity, the white and the texture they add. So pretty.

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    Silvia Fugate

    November 22, 2016

    I would love to make some of those gorgeous ornament and to decorate our babys nursery!

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      November 23, 2016

      Oh that sounds lovely! Good luck!

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    November 22, 2016

    Beautiful garland! Very you! I should try something like this with all kinds of colours!

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      November 23, 2016

      Thanks! And that would definitely put an Ariel spin on it! I love it.

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    November 22, 2016

    Wow!! I would love to win this! As a mommy to a little boy, I could use it throughout his childhood!

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      November 23, 2016

      Oh definitely! So many fun things to make. Good luck!

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    Annet M

    November 22, 2016

    I’ve been wanting a Cricut for years, but between ongoing renos and related DIY projects, crafts has taken a back-seat. But now we’ve moved from the DIY house and so I would LOVE to win and get to set it up in my new craft room (aka spare bedroom).

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      Annet M

      November 22, 2016

      and… just realized I didn’t answer the question! I would lvoe to get back into card making. People just love getting a handmade card!

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        November 23, 2016

        Oh that’s so true! The Cricut is so great for making cards!

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    November 22, 2016

    I’d like to make baby room decor for my friend’s grandchild that’s on the way.

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      November 23, 2016

      That sounds lovely! Good luck!!

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    Nat Raponi

    November 24, 2016

    Beautifup idea! I’d love to make some detailed stencils for some projects!!

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    Becky Winters

    November 27, 2016

    Oh, my! This would so great for my mixed media. Plus a million other projects!

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