Break out your laser cutter and make these cute wood ornaments that are designed to be colored or painted! These make a great Christmas craft for kids, or sell them as kits with paint and brushes!
My brother and his family are coming to visit for the Christmas holiday this year and we’ve decided to make this The Ultimate Cozy Christmas Season. We’re talking cookies and Christmas movie marathons and mulled wine and candles and all the things that make Christmas warm and cozy. We’re hoping for a snow storm too!
One of the things on our list is Christmas crafts with the kids, of course. My nephews are close in age to my boys so it’s always fun to do craft time with mom/Auntie Coco (as my nephews call me). I thought coloring ornaments would be a fun craft to do with them this year during our cozy Christmas season!
Supplies for Wood Coloring Ornaments
- xTool M1 or other laser cutter
- 1/8″ wood of your choice (I am using white oak plywood)
- Pens or paints to color
- Twine or ribbon for hanging
- SVG to make this file (see below)
Instructions for Wood Coloring Ornaments
Again, I’m using my xTool M1 so the following software instructions are for that machine. If you’re using a different machine, you should be able to set up and use this file similarly in your software.
Start by turning on your machine and placing your material in the bed of the laser. I don’t generally mask my xTool diode laser projects. Because the laser is much less powerful than my Glowforge C02 laser, charring tends to be minimal and 80% of any that I do get comes off with a bit of alcohol. That being said, you’re welcome to mask your material if you’d like!
The camera inside will snap a photo of your material.
Then click File > Import Image in the upper left to upload the SVG file to the software. Once it’s uploaded, move the files to the correct place on your wood.
When images are imported to Creative Space, they are automatically turned to score lines (orange). But the outside lines need to be cut, not scored. So carefully click on just the outline (clicking up by the circle at the top of the ornament is easiest) and change each of the outer lines to cut lines (purple) in the right sidebar.
Set your material to whatever you’re using (I was using oak plywood but there’s not a setting for that—the walnut plywood worked well) and make sure you say whether or not you’re using the triangle prisms (read more about the prisms and how to use them in my xTool review). Once you have double checked all your settings, click Process.
The software will give you a most likely WILDLY inaccurate cut and score time. Mine says 2 minutes. It took closer to 15.
From there, you can push the button on your machine to score and cut your project! Like I said, it took way longer than the estimated time. The Walnut was set to do 4 passes, but I found 1 pass was actually enough to cut through the oak, so I just canceled the cut once each ornament had been cut. You may want to do a test cut to see if you have the same results with this particular material.
Once your material is cut, remove your wood ornaments for coloring from the bed of the machine. If needed, uses a bit of alcohol on a cotton swab to remove any charring.
And that’s it! Now your ornaments are ready for coloring with pens or painting with paint. I can’t wait to give these to my nephews and my boys to color during our Cozy Christmas!