DIY Highland Cow Ornament and SVG

You can make this adorable Christmas cow ornament with faux fur using my highland cow ornament SVG. He’s wearing a Santa hat and has so much dimension with the fur!

This beginner laser project idea is perfect for those learning to use the xTool M1 or Glowforge Aura. Gather up some basswood plywood, paint, and a scrap of fur to get started.

Horizontal image of a Santa hat wearing highland cow ornament hanging from pine branches in front of a wood wall.
This adorable Scottish highland cow ornament is a fun beginner laser project using basswood and faux fur.

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DIY Highland Cow Ornament with Faux Fur

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been creating SVG files for Cricut, Silhouette, and hand crafters for years. Today, I created the cutest little fuzzy cow in a Santa hat and had to make something with him using my xTool M1 laser and blade cutting machine.

And if you don’t have a laser (or the really cool laser and blade combo), don’t worry! You can use this highland cow SVG with a Cricut, Silhouette, Brother, or any other cutting machine. You can also use the PNG version of this design and cut it out from paper or thin balsa wood by hand.

If you are loving this fuzzy cow ornament but can’t get started on it right now, please save it to a DIY Christmas ornament pin board or share it on Facebook. Either way will make it easy to find when you’re ready to begin.

Vertical close up image of a highland cow in a Santa hat with a faux fur accent.
Make this whimsical, fun, farmhouse-inspired Christmas ornament!

Laser Cut Highland Cow Ornament

For those new to lasers, hi – I’m new to lasers, too. As a designer, I’ve had my files used for lasers for years but I’ve only started laser cutting this year. If you’re new, know that you can absolutely make this!

If you have any xTool laser (I’ll be using the xTool M1 for this project), you can import the XCS file included in the download below. If you have a Glowforge, Thunder, or any other type of laser, use the SVG and follow the steps in the video tutorial to get only the layers you need.

Square close up image of the xTool M1 on the riser base with honeycomb panel.
The xTool M1 laser and blade cutting machine is a great combination for a crafter.

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Highland Cow Christmas Ornament Video Tutorial

If you’re a visual learner, I have created a step by step video to walk you through the process of making this adorable laser cut Christmas highland cow ornament. I even show you how to cut faux fur the right way!

While you’re there watching, be sure to subscribe. We have a lot of fun on the channel and I like to keep my videos quick and concise.

Horizontal image of a Scottish highland cow in a Santa hat with faux fur topper with text which reads highland cow in a Santa hat ornament.
Whether you use the xTool M1, another laser, or want to cut this with a Cricut, follow along with this easy video tutorial.

How to Make This Laser Cut Ornament Idea

Below are the written step by step instructions with images to guide you. If you prefer to follow the directions without images, scroll down and print off the written tutorial.

How to Use an SVG in XCS Software

First, create a new canvas, select import, and upload the highland cow in a Santa hat SVG file. Make sure everything is selected and size the piece to 4.5 inches.

Remove excess pieces (as shown in the video tutorial – horns, hair, and face only). Select cut items and set the nostrils and smile to engrave.

Crafter setting the engrave and cut settings for a layered SVG file.

Create a circle at .4 inches and another at .25. Select both circles, center the circles both horizontally and vertically and select Combine > Subtract.

Position the ornament hanger you created from the circles just right of the center of the silhouette piece (the horn and head piece) and select Combine > Unite.

Crafter showing how to create an ornament hanger for any svg file in the xTool XCS software.

Turn on the xTool M1 laser and blade cutter and position the basswood in so the laser dot is on the material. Pin down and close the lid to get a picture of the workspace. Move the pieces onto the basswood play.

Select the mode (open plane if using the honeycomb; prisms if using the base) and then select 3mm basswood from the materials drop down.

Image showing all pieces of the highland cow ornament to be engraved and cut on the xTool M1 laser and blade cutting machine.

Auto-measure and set cut pieces and engrave pieces to Output. Make sure they are positioned onto the wood. Frame the selection.

Process the job (mine took about 4.5 minutes) and wipe down the outside of all pieces with a dry microfiber cloth. Sand anything with charring and wipe clean.

The xTool m1 engraving and cutting pieces of basswood plywood to make a farmhouse ornament.

How to Assemble the Highland Cow Ornaments with Faux Fur

Use the paintbrush to paint the hat pieces red and white. Set aside to dry or use a heat gun to set.

Crafter using a small paintbrush and chalk paint to color a basswood plywood Santa hat.

Use the X-Acto knife to cut the fur backing only into a piece of faux fur 1.5 inches wide by .5 inches tall. Set aside.

Crafter using an X-Acto knife to cut a small piece of faux fur for the Scottish highland cow ornament.

Go outside and spray the on all the pieces following the directions.

Use super glue to adhere the front of the faux fur piece to the back of the painted hat silhouette. Put wood glue and super glue on the hat piece with the fur and press in place onto the horn / head silhouette piece. Clamp, if desired.

Alternate wood glue and super glue with all wood pieces. Do not overlap the glue.

Crafter gluing pieces of a cow ornament as part of a beginner laser project idea using the xTool M1.

Add a piece of twine for a hanger and the highland cow ornament is done!

Close up square image of a highland cow ornament with a Santa hat and faux fur accent hanging from a pine branch.
This is a great way for a beginner to create an ornament using any SVG and a laser like the xTool M1.

More Laser Crafts You Might Like

  • Highland Cow Door Sign – Use this easy xTool M1 tutorial and highland cow cut file set to make the cutest little farmhouse ready cutie.
  • Christmas Bookmarks – If you need a quick M1 laser project, these holiday bookmarks are just the thing to use some scrap wood.
  • Christmas Laser Crafts to Make and Sell – Want to earn some money with your laser? Turn to this list and free printable for ideas.
  • DIY Wine Charms – This is the perfect beginner laser project and any theme or SVGs can be used to customize them!

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Split vertical image showing a Scottish highland cow ornament wearing a Santa hat with text which reads highland cow ornament and l aser tutorial.
Make an adorable highland cow ornament for the tree. Make Christmas signs, cards, decor, and gifts using this cute highland cow SVG in a Santa hat and the free beginner laser tutorial.
Yield: Highland Cows in Santa Hats

Laser Cut Highland Cow Ornament

Close up square image of a highland cow ornament with a Santa hat and faux fur accent hanging from a pine branch.

Make an adorable highland cow ornament for the tree or create Christmas signs, cards, decor, and gifts. Use this cute highland cow SVG in a Santa hat and the free beginner laser tutorial.

Active Time 12 minutes
Drying Time 30 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 3mm Basswood Plywood (12x12)
  • Faux Fur (I used this)
  • Paint in White and Red
  • Wood Glue
  • Super Glue Pen (I love these)
  • Twine

Tools

Instructions

How to Use SVG in XCS Software

  1. Create a new canvas, select import, and upload the highland cow in a Santa hat SVG file.
  2. Make sure everything is selected and size the piece to 4.5 inches.
  3. Remove excess pieces (as shown in the video tutorial), select cut items, and set the nostrils and smile to engrave.
  4. Create a circle at .4 inches and another at .25. Select both circles, center the circles both horizontally and vertically and select Combine > Subtract.
  5. Position the ornament hanger just right of the center of the silhouette piece (the horn and head piece) and select Combine > Unite.
  6. Turn on the xTool M1 and position the basswood in so the laser dot is on the material. Pin down and close the lid to get a picture of the workspace.
  7. Select the mode (open plane if using the honeycomb; prisms if using the base) and then select 3mm basswood from the materials drop down.
  8. Auto-measure and set cut pieces and engrave pieces to Output. Position them onto the wood and frame.
  9. Process the job (mine took about 4.5 minutes). and wipe down the outside of all pieces with a dry microfiber cloth. Sand anything with charring and wipe clean.

How to Assemble the Highland Cow Ornaments with Faux Fur

  1. Use the paintbrush to paint the hat pieces and set aside to dry or use a heat gun to set.
  2. Cut a piece of faux fur 1.5 inches wide by .5 inches tall. Set aside.
  3. Use the spray sealant, following the directions to seal all pieces before assembling.
  4. Use super glue to adhere the front of the faux fur piece to the back of the painted hat silhouette. Put wood glue and super glue on the hat piece with the fur and press in place onto the horn / head silhouette piece. Clamp, if desired.
  5. Alternate wood glue and super glue with all wood pieces.
  6. Add a piece of twine for a hanger and the highland cow ornament is done!

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  1. Hi Sarah,
    I’m 81 and would love to make your laser cut ornaments BUT I don’t have the machine to do the cutting and honestly not able to. My question—-do you have precut pieces for this funny little cow?