See how easy it is to make these adorable DIY Christmas Aprons with a Cricut machine and iron on vinyl. They’re the perfect gift for a Christmas cookie baker and his or her favorite little Christmas cookie tester! There’s even a darling kids chef’s hat design!
My Christmas DIY Aprons project is sponsored by Cricut. All ideas and opinions share are always my own.
Some of my favorite Christmastime memories from growing up are baking Christmas cookies with my mom. It was always so fun and built my excitement for Christmas. It wasn’t only fun because my mom always let me lick the spoon, but because of the special tradition that it became with my best friend… my mom.
When I found out I was having a girl, I immediately looked forward to doing with her all of the fun things that my mom and I did/do. Of course one of those things that I look forward to is baking Christmas cookies with her! We got her a learning tower and she is already pretty skilled at dumping ingredients into the mixing bowl. Or more accurately, dumping anything into anywhere. 😉
I’m so excited to evolve the Christmas cookie baking tradition with my mom into a 3 generation affair. As a Christmas gift for her, I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make 2 of the “Baking up memories” adult Christmas aprons (1 for her and 1 for me). Then I made Brighton’s little “Christmas cookie tester” apron and chef hat. I’ll have to give it to her early so that we can kick off the Mimi, Mommy and Brighton Christmas Baking Crew tradition this year. I hope she loves them as much as I do!
How to Make DIY Christmas Aprons and Kids’ Chef’s Hat
Full printable instruction card below.
Supplies for Aprons and Chef Hat
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Christmas aprons and chef hat cut file
- Adult aprons
- Kids Apron and Chef Hat
- Everyday Iron-on in Black and Beige
- Glitter Iron-on in Kelly (Green) and Red
- EasyPress 2
- EasyPress Mat
- Weeder tool
- EasyPress Mini (optional, but ideal for the kiddie chef hat!)
I combined a few elements from different images and fonts in Design Space to create my Mommy & Me Christmas aprons and kids chef hat. When you open the cut file, you can click “Customize” to change any elements of the design or remove any that you don’t want to make.
I love the DJ Flirt font in Design Space (what I used for the COOKIE TESTER text). I cut little green glitter hearts to use in the centers of the letters and weeded away the black hearts that that were inside of the 2 O’s and R.
My DIY Christmas Aprons are made of 100% cotton. If your aprons are made of different material, make sure to reference the EasyPress Heat Guide to determine your press settings.
My EasyPress Mini was perfect for the small rim of the kiddie chef hat. The apron/chef hat children’s apron set that I made is a still a little big for my Brighton. I found these tiny toddler sized aprons which are perfect for smaller toddlers. She has one for now and one for later (with a chef hat!) that she can grow into.
DIY Christmas Aprons (plus Kiddie Chef's Hat!)
- Open the Christmas Aprons cut file and make any customizations you'd like. Click "Make it". Remember to mirror your image! To cut the Everyday Iron-on layers, turn the knob to the notch just past Iron-on. To cut the Glitter Iron-on, turn the knob to Light Cardstock. I find unless I have a brand new blade, I have the easiest time weeding iron-on with these settings.
- For each layer you cut, place the liner side down (the shiny side) onto a standard grip cutting mat, load into the Explore Air 2 and cut.
- Unload the mat from the machine. Peel away the material from the negative space around the designs and weed material inside of letters.
- If using a 100% cotton apron, set the EasyPress to 330° F. Preheat the area that you will apply your design for 5 seconds. Position each element of the design with the liner side up on the apron (the text should be forwards now). Apply the Cover with a piece of parchment or a press cloth. Press for 30 seconds. Remove EasyPress and parchment paper.*See notes for if you're unfamiliar with ironing-on multiple elements of a design.
- Allow to cool completely before peeling away liner. If the design starts to lift as you pull back the liner, press for another 10 - 15 seconds. Flip over and press the back of the apron where the design was applied for 15 seconds.
- The instructions are written for the aprons, but they are the same for the rim of the kids' chef's hat.
- If using a polyester apron or any other material other than cotton, follow the EasyPress Heat Guide for press time and temperature based on the type of iron-on used and the project material.
- If you're able to cut around each element so that you can press the entire design with 1 pass of the EasyPress, great. If not, make sure to keep the liners so that each element is covered with a liner when you apply the subsequent elements of the design.
Can you think of a Christmas cookie baker and his/her tiny sidekick who would love these DIY Christmas aprons? Add a set of these Festive Christmas Wooden Spoons and a DIY Christmas Kitchen Towel for the cutest little gift set idea!