Santa Sleigh Cricut Vinyl Makeover

I wrote this post last Christmas, but every time I see how Santa’s sleigh went from drab to fab…I’m newly amazed.  I hope you like it too!

Poor Plain Santa

This Santa, sleigh and reindeer were given to our family years ago. We’ve put it out every Christmas, but have only stuck little stuffed animals or Christmas cards in the sleigh. This year it occurred to me that I could make some little gifts for the sleigh with the Tags, Bags, Boxes Cricut cartridge so Santa wouldn’t look like he just got robbed would look more festive.

Using my Gypsy, I was able to easily position 2 of these boxes on one 12×12 piece of cardstock. I cut out about 16 boxes, scored them on all on their score marks, then folded and glued them closed with a permanent adhesive tape.

After I made all the boxes for the back of the sleigh, I decided to vinyl the sleigh up a bit. I added an initial to it using the Lyrical Letters cartridge. The “D” on the left is covered with transfer tape. I used that to help me apply the “D” to the sleigh.

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I was really happy with the way that turned out! What an improvement. Then I looked at it some more…and I decided that it was still missing something. 😛 So, I went back to my Cricut and Gypsy. Using the Home Decor Cricut cartridge (sleigh) and the Serenade cartridge (reindeer), I found some pretty designs that would make the sleigh and the reindeer a bit more visually appealing.

So, I went from this:

To This:

Yay!! A total revamping of a boring empty sleigh into something cute for the holidays!

If you want to learn how to use vinyl with your Cricut, I think you’ll love my Cricut Vinylology DVD! 😀


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  1. Sheryl Kemper says:

    VERY cute Joy!

  2. I love the new look.

  3. Joy,
    This is super cute. I have your DVD and I absolutely love it. I only watched the first one and have learned so much so far.
    Thanks a million

  4. It’s amazing what the little details can do to a project. I really like the swirls that you used on the reindeer. I have one little suggestion, you should add ribbon or yarn to the boxes to make them look more like presents. Happy Holidays!

  5. Joy, your sleigh is beautiful.. The vinyl and gift boxes at the perfect touch..


  6. Very nice Joy ! I like Santa , he looks very excited to have presents to deliver. HO HO HO Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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  7. CuddlyBunny says:

    That IS a huge difference! Especially the scroll work on the reindeer, which gives him a very high-end gift shop appearance.

    … and … “like he just got robbed” … I probably shouldn’t think that’s so funny!

  8. Now that you have Zippy, he can ride on the sleigh on top of the presents!! He is pretty fast and I bet he would be a great help to Santa on Christmas Eve!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. sandrarena says:

    I LOVE working with vinyl! Thanks to your DVD and blog inspiration I have added vinyl to several of this years Christmas gifts. I just finished adding some fun details and monograms to my granddaughters doll cradle, it turned out super cute. My son may not be quite so please since I vinyled his fishing tackle box and a couple other gifts! 🙂 Oh well, he can remove it after he takes it home! LOL Thanks Joy, for sharing your ideas and humor. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas.

  10. Great job. It’s fabulous! I think you need zippy dressed as a reindeer pulling the sleigh 🙂

  11. I just love Santa new look… and great job pulling out all the stop with the reindeer too…
    The Scrapbooking Queen

  12. Wow Joy you really did re vamp this didn’t you but it looks amazing now and far more festive.
    Kim xXx

  13. finecrafter says:

    Clever use of the boxes- never would have thought of that! I think Santa is much happier and so is his reindeer!

  14. CathyinMN says:

    What a great makeover. You sure know how to add life to something fairly dull and humdrum. TFS!

  15. Jean-Marie says:

    What a transformation!…yet another example of how versatile the Cricut is! These few simple touches made an enormous difference. Kudos to you, Joy for thinking up the ideas!

  16. Joy, that is just super sweet!! Love the swirls on the reindeer, too!

    Hey, you “better watch out” (now WHOOOO else says that??? LOL) cuz I betcha li’l Zippy may hide in that cute sleigh, underneath those pressies and then jump out and scare you!! 🙂

  17. Santa is super cute!

  18. HAHA hestlashelper: “Who wouldnt want a tricked out sleigh?”
    so true! so True!
    great job joy- Im going to look around today to see what I can “trick out”
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  19. cheyennemarie says:

    I love embellishing things. My hubbie says I just can’t help myself. I stopped embroidering his underwear. What more does he want? TFS

  20. This is fantastic, the reindeer actually looks like it has been handcarved!

  21. Joydee1963 says:

    Joy,Great make over,Love vinyl ! Joy

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