If you want an elegant laser cut Christmas ornament idea, these acrylic and wood overly ornaments are perfect. This project comes together so quickly due to the ‘cheat’ code I’m sharing.
I’ll share how to upload and size any pre-made acrylic blank, how to design in XCS software, and how to make very quick work of this project. This is a beginner laser DIY.
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Stacked Laser Cut Wood and Clear Acrylic Ornaments
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been LOVING the xTool S1 40W laser set up I have in place. This machine is literally the easiest (and safest) enclosed laser on the market and they make it so easy to create with it.
Today, I was “cleaning” my craft room and came across 4 shapes of clear acrylic ornament blanks I purchased online. They were originally for a few Cricut projects, but I had an idea and thought I’d try it out on the laser.
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Layered Wood on Acrylic Ornaments Video Tutorial
If you’re a visual learner, I put together a step by step tutorial of this entire process. I’ll walk you through the software, design elements, and more.
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How to Design in XCS (Free File)
I’m asked ALL THE TIME how to design and what software is needed. Most of the time, people have amazing ideas but they are intimidated by the software. You do not have to have Adobe products to create beautiful designs.
xTool has a very easy to use, proprietary software called XCS (xTool Creative Space). You can download it and play with it before you get your machine.
It’s a robust tool with simple functions that can really do a lot! If you want to use my set of designs for the acrylic blanks I used, download the free acrylic and wood overlay ornament XCS file.
If you’re designing on your own, keep in mind the following:
- load an image into the software of the premade acrylic ornament shapes (background removed) and size correctly (watch how in the video tutorial)
- design images that highlight the clear portion of the ornament. It helps to build directly on the shapes you have in the software to create visually interesting pieces
- create floating elements, like the snowflake and stars in my examples and leave a bit of ‘blank space’ in your designs. The wood will offset the clear well, even without staining
- use elements within the software or import SVG file types to easily and quickly create designs in layers
- add additional depth with details of engraved or scored features and text (use fonts with ligatures, alternates, and swashes)
How to Use the xTool S1 to Engrave and Cut
Once the shapes have been sized and your designs are ready, back the material you will be cutting with the 3M adhesive (remove any air bubbles).
Load the board (3M side down) into the machine and auto-measure the distance. Select the Start Marking button to create processing boundary.
Drag the designs (with or without the shapes set to ignore) and position all pieces within the processing area.
Set the engrave and cut settings for the designs. My settings ar to be used as a starting point; test all materials. Engrave: power = 23, speed 88; Cut: power 90, speed 10.
Frame the design by selecting Frame and watch the processing area; make any adjustments. Start and run the job.
Assemble the Layered Wood Ornaments
Remove all pieces and wipe all outer edges with the dry cloth. Seal with the spray sealant.
Remove the protective layer from the front of an ornament and remove the 3M backing from the wood. Position and repeat for all pieces and ornaments.
This next step is optional. I choose to clamp my projects, whether they’re built with glue or the 3M adhesive. In order to avoid indenting anything, I place a small cut of cardboard over the designs and leave the clamps on for about 10 minutes.
Cut 12 inches of 1/8th inch ribbon for each ornament, fold in half, and put the looped end through the front of the ornament. Run the open ends through the loop, pull tight, and knot at the end.
Remove the protective backing from the other side of the ornament and gift or display.
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