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Making Rae Dunn

Christmas Ornaments and Decor

November 4, 2019

· Create Craft,Holidays,Styles and Decor

Now you might not think this is a big deal, but her decor is really spinning heads these days. Just check out my friends post on her collection -

And another friend of mine is also in love with this...

You already know how much I love white tableware. How much more would I love it than with messages on my mugs, or actually branding my containers with what's actually in them - like my coffee container.

And these are what really inspired me to write this post - using Rae Dunn fonts to make Christmas Ornaments.

I have a few things that you can print here, each one is 8 1/2" x 11".

Perfect for coffee mugs

This one measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Making Mugs and other Ceramic Ware

Here's a couple ideas for your mugs.

The waterslide decal paper is a special transfer paper that you can easily use to transfer an image or text. The best things about this paper is that is translucent and can be used on almost any smooth surface.

I have successfully used the waterslide decal paper to transfer images to wood or HDF (High Density Fiberwood), bamboo objects, glass or porcelain coffee cups, metal tins, metal & terracotta pots, book covers, furniture, jars and even polymer clay and candles.

You can save your image/images on your computer, copy them into a Word document or in Photoshop and adjust them as you wish. I usually print multiple images on the same decal paper, not to waste any inch of this magic paper! :)

To better fix the decals onto glass, ceramics or porcelain you can bake the decorated object in the oven for 8-12 minutes at 110 Celsius degree, but make sure you check them constantly because they can easily burn. You will know the decals are ready when they will start to get a ‘glassy’ look. Even if you bake the decorated objects like this, they will not be safe to wash in a dishwasher machine, only by hand.

There are different types and brands of waterslide decal paper, some are for inkjet printers, others for laserjet printers so make sure you also carefully read their instructions before using them, because there might me some differences.

How to Apply the Waterslide Decal Paper


Print your images on the shiny side of the decals and let them dry for a few minutes. Prepare a bowl of water and set aside.

Cut the images with the scissors, close to the borders.

Sink every image into the water, before applying, and let them sit in the water following the manufacturer’s instructions. While still in the water, check to see if the top foil, the one with the image on it starts to slide, but don’t remove it from the paper base just yet.

Remove the waterslide decal paper from the water and apply it on your object. Slide and gradually remove the paper base of the decal, leaving the translucent top foil with the rinted image on your object.

Use a paper towel to remove any excess water or any air bubbles under the decals. Wipe gently and try not to move the decals from position, starting from the inside of the image and gradually going to the outside of the image. Set aside, let them dry.

Making Artwork

You'll need:

  • Gel Medium - Hobby Lobby
  • Mod Podge - Hobby Lobby
  • Brush
  • Sponge and water
  1. Generously cover the backing to your frame with gel medium. 
  2. PRINT YOUR LETTERS OUT IN REVERSE. Carefully place the image face down on the backing to your frame.  Smooth out all the bubbles and press it down firmly!
  3. Let it dry for at least 24 hours!!
  4. Using a damp sponge, wet the surface.
  5. Rub off the wet paper with your fingers.  I had to repeat this step a few times to get all the paper off.
  6. Cover with Mod Podge and let dry.

I hope your rolling over backwards having so much fun in making some of these projects. If nothing else - please make yourself some new coffee mugs this year.

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