DIY Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Christmas Tree Ornament

This has really been the year that we let our geekiness take over our Christmas tree, that’s for sure. A few years ago we bought Pokemon and Fallout baubles and they looked so out of place with our mostly food-themed ornaments, but then 2020 came along and I decided to go ALL out for Christmas!

I bought Marvel, Star Wars, and The Office themed ornaments, and I also made Brooklyn Nine Nine ornaments. I have other geeky and fandom-based DIY ornaments in mind – which I really hope to have finished in time for Christmas – but I DO have a *lot* that I hope to have finished in time for Christmas, so we’ll see how I go with my intense “to make” list! πŸ˜…

This ornament was the first Christmas DIY project – I guess it’s more of an UPcycle, or makeover, technically – that I completed for the year (it was actually finished way back in October, right after I bought it!) and I have been DYING to share it with you all, but we only put up our tree on the 20th, and I wanted to show you it on the actual tree, so here it is ☺️

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DIY Guardians of the Galaxy Mix Tape Place Cards



β™‘ Cassette tape Christmas tree ornament (I got mine from Typo, but here is #1, #2 and #3 similar ones in case yours is sold out. Keep in mind that you WILL need to adjust the sizing!)
β™‘ Dark blue and orange vinyl
β™‘ Cricut machine
β™‘ Transfer tape
β™‘ Scissors
β™‘ Ruler
β™‘ Pencil
β™‘ Toothpicks (optional, but helpful)


1. Open up Design Space. Select the text box option and type in “Awesome Mix Vol 1”, all in capital letters.

2. Change the font to “Hannotate TC” and the colour to dark blue, then edit the size so that the width and height will fit on your cassette tape ornament. For me, that was 5cm wide and .5cm tall.

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Geeky Christmas Tree Ornament Guide

3. Load up your mat with dark blue vinyl and cut out your text. Peel away the excess vinyl, then use your transfer tape to stick it onto your ornament.

4. Get your orange vinyl and use your scissors to cut small strips to stick underneath and on the sides of your ornament. Play around with the placement of every single piece before you peel off the backing.

5. Once you’re happy with how they will be placed, then peel off the back and stick them down one by one. After that, you’re done! πŸ™Œ


I am so in love with how this ornament turned out! As soon as I saw the plain cassette tape ornament in Typo, I KNEW I had to turn it into the Awesome Mix from Guardians of the Galaxy. I swear, I can’t look at any cassette tape without thinking of those movies now πŸ˜‚

Since we acquired so many more ornaments this year (I bought heaps more food-themed ones as well), we got a bigger tree with more tips than our older one that actually fits them all πŸ˜…

In the future, when we move to a bigger place, I’d love to put one in our office and just put the geeky ornaments on that one, as that’s where the majority of our geeky collections are. Ahh, a girl can dream! 😍

Do you guys have any “themes” when it comes to your Christmas tree ornaments?

Until next time,
Indya xx

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18 thoughts on “DIY Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Christmas Tree Ornament

  1. This seems super easy to make and looks so good! I love Guardians of the Galaxy! Well done – and thanks for sharing. My family would love this!


  2. haha, I love your whole Marvel Christmas tree overall. But the Guardians of the Galaxy Mix tape ornament is great. I know you bought a Cassette tape Christmas tree ornament but I actually may have some left over blank tapes to save a step…don’t ask how old I am please!


    • Haha, thank you ☺️ An actual tape would be PERFECT! This ornament is actually really heavy and weighs the branch down a lot 😩 I think a real tape would look so cool; like it was actually from the movie! Plus, this is SO tiny, it was actually kind of a headache to add the letters on, whereas a real tape wouldn’t be so small. Hahaha it’s all good, your secret’s safe with me! πŸ˜‚πŸ™Œ


  3. This is really nice! I love it. Just like you, I am doing all out with our Christmas decors too. We’re actually having a Disney-themed one. πŸ™‚

    Super love our DIY ornament. Soooo creative. Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea. Will keep this in mind once we decided to have a Marvel-themed tree next time.


    • Thank you! Oh, I bought your tree is amazing πŸ™Œ I am part of a Disney FB group and seeing everyone’s Disney-themed trees is mind-blowing. There is *so* many Disney ornaments and toys out there to choose from from SO many shows and movies, so every tree is different and so mesmerising to look at 😍


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