Merry Little Christmas Tray

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Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas Tray! This festive tray is a perfect addition to your Christmas table, buffet, or cookies and milk for Santa! It is an easy project to do and the result is very festive and fun! You can use any size tray, just adjust the size of the SVG file accordingly. I love Christmas decor and this Merry Little Christmas Tray adds just the right amount of color and sparkle!

Merry Little Christmas Tray

This Merry Little Christmas Tray is easy to make using a Cricut machine  (I have the Cricut Maker and I LOVE it). The lettering is too detailed to cut by hand, or at least too detailed for ME to cut by hand but you’re welcome to try!

If you don’t know what a Cricut machine is, simply put it is an automated device that cuts out designs or patterns that you create on the Cricut Design Space app (which is very similar to Adobe Illustrator). You can use all sorts of materials – from paper to leather to wood to material to many others – to make whatever you can dream up. I have to say, it’s really cool and fun!

I created both an SVG file and a PDF file (which are fancy terms for the patterns) for the design of the letters. You can get both templates for free by clicking below:

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STEP 1: Uploading the Merry Little Christmas Tray SVG File

Download the SVG file and upload it into Cricut Design Space. The file will look like this:

Merry Little Christmas Tray Cricut Design Space screenshot

STEP 2: Cutting the Merry Little Christmas Tray SVG

Choose your desired color of vinyl adhesive and cut per the Cricut machine prompts. You can use whatever color and type of vinyl you wish.

PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t have a Cricut machine and want to cut the pieces out by hand, you can use the PDF file as a guide. I strongly recommend using a Cricut machine to cut these letters rather than scissors but leave that option to you.

STEP 3: Weeding the Merry Little Christmas Tray Letters and Shapes

After cutting all of the letters and shapes, carefully peel away the excess vinyl that is not part of the letters and shapes from the liner. Be careful not to pull off any of the letters or shapes.

Cut and weeded vinyl

STEP 4: Transferring the Merry Little Christmas Tray Lettering and Designs to Tray

Before attaching transfer tape to the lettering and design, first place the cut vinyl on the tray to determine spacing and placement.

Determining placement of lettering and designs

Once happy with the placement, begin by attaching transfer tape to the black light string. This will determine overall spacing and act as a guide both from side to side and top to bottom.

Attaching transfer tape to light string

Place the transfer taped light string where you would like to position it on the tray and press down firmly.

Transfer taped light string

Gently peel off the transfer tape leaving the light string behind on the tray.

Light string attached to tray

Next, attach transfer tape to the red lightbulbs that will go on the light string.

attach transfer tape to the red lightbulbs

Align the red lightbulbs with the light string. Once you have all the bulbs lined up where you want them, firmly press down on the transfer tape so the bulbs stick to the tray. Gently remove the tape leaving the red bulbs behind.

Red light bulbs attached to the light string

Repeat the same steps with the green lightbulbs, attaching transfer tape to the bulbs.

Transfer taped green lightbulbs

Attach the green lightbulbs to the light string, lining up the bulbs with the empty sockets. Gently remove the transfer tape so that the green lightbulbs remain stuck to the tray.

Completed red and green light string

Next, attach transfer tape to the “Have Yourself A” lettering.

Have Yourself A on transfer tape

Apply the tape to the tray where you want it positioned and press down firmly. Gently remove the transfer tape so that the lettering remain stuck to the tray.

Attached transfer taped Have Yourself A

Next, attach transfer tape to the Merry Christmas lettering. Apply the tape to the tray where you want it positioned and press down firmly.

Transfer taped Merry Christmas

Gently remove the transfer tape so that the lettering remain stuck to the tray.

Merry Christmas lettering on tray

Follow the same steps for the “Little” lettering, attaching the transfer tape to the Little lettering. Apply the tape to the tray where you want it positioned and press down firmly.

Transfer taped Little lettering on tray

Gently remove the transfer tape so that the lettering remain stuck to the tray.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on tray

Next, either using transfer tape or by placing them one by one, attach the green balls to the tray.

green balls added to tray

Finally, attach the red balls and silver stars to the tray either using transfer tape or one by one by hand.

red balls on tray

That’s it! Your Merry Little Christmas Tray is finished!

Finished Merry Little Christmas Tray

Where do I Get the SVG and PDF Files?

You can download the SVG and PDF files for this specific project by clicking below:

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