Create a fun and festive candy cane Christmas countdown using some basswood and an xTool M1 Laser. You can personalize these tasty advent calendars for a specific person or enjoy the countdown as a family and you can customize them with stains and paints that match your decor!
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Candy Cane Countdown Supplies:
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- xTool M1 10W Hybrid Laser/Blade
- Basswood Sheets (The ones I used are out of stock but here are many options!)
- Stain and/or Paint in your color choices along with brushes
- Wood Glue
- 24 Candy Canes in your choice of flavors/colors.
I have added all the supplies to my xTool List on my Amazon storefront for ease.
About This SVG File
This SVG file is specifically designed for an xTool M1, using the xTool-sized Basswood bulk sheets which are roughly 8.5 by 11.75 inches. You can adjust the size as needed for your specific material size!
TO PERSONALIZE: Simply add the name or family name that you are wanting. Although, when using a script font, you will want to utilize a program such as Silhouette Software Business Edition or Illustrator, or Inkscape to merge the script letters into one continuous word before importing them into XCS. XCS software does not have those capabilities yet. You can see here, I used Adobe Illustrator to make the curved top edge of the sign as well.
For this project, we are going to engrave, score and cut using the xTool M1 10W laser. Ultimately, there are several ways you can line up your letters, but today we are going to use my favorite way (which saves materials) and that is using score marks in your board where the cut letters will go so you can easily line them up.
Candy Cane Countdown
Click the button above to save to your board for later!
How to Engrave, Score and Cut on an xTool M1
Time needed: 1 hour.
Cut, score, and engrave layers of basswood to create these fun Candy Cany Christmas Countdowns with an xTool M1 laser/blade cutting machine!
- Prepare your plywood
I find it easier to paint or stain the plywood sheets before I do anything with them on the laser. Here I stained 3 sheets of basswood with Maple stain wipes and then painted red, lime green, aqua, and dark green sheets. For smaller cuts, I did the sheets in half one color and half another. Let dry.
- Open and Connect XCS to the Laser
Turn the laser on using the power switch on the back, open XCS, and connect the machine to the software. You can find detailed information on connecting your machine here.
- Place Material
Place your basswood plywood on top of the triangle prism risers inside your M1 Laserbox. *Since this design is dependent on using the lower area of a plywood sheet, I tend to place the plywood towards the top of the work area so there will be a clear view of the bottom of the plywood sheet in the camera view.
- Close the Lid & Refresh the Camera
After closing the lid on the laser box, hop over to XCS on your laptop and click the “camera refresh” button.
- Adjust settings
On the right-hand side, select LASER FLAT, 3mm BASSWOOD material, and raised height set to PRISMS. you can then click auto measure and it will adjust the distance from the laser to your material for you automatically.
- Import the Design
Click the IMPORT tool on the left side, find and select your design on your computer, click OPEN and the image will be placed on your material. Adjust the design as needed in order to fit the material and line up the bottom of the design with the bottom of the basswood sheet on the camera view.
- Adjust the Output settings
Click each individual design element and select the output for each. Orange is a score line, solid orange is Engraved and purple is a cut line. Make sure it matches the photo below for the main cut of the board.
Click the Process button in the lower right corner, then select start and then push the button on the front of the laser to begin the process. When finished, remove the materials from the work area.
- Cut the Design
Place a new piece of basswood. Here we will tell the machine to CUT (purple lines) the names, words, and designs only. For the rest of the elements, we will turn off the output by clicking the slider to the off position or by simply deleting the specific design element. Verify it looks like the last image below.
- Process Again
Process the same as in step 8.
- Assemble the Candy Cane Countdown
Using wood glue, adhere the cut letters and designs to the main board using the score lines as a placement guide. This is my favorite way to get accurate placement and not have to waste materials. Allow the glue to dry.
- Add the Candy Canes
Add some ribbon, string, or twine to the holes in the corners to create a hanger. Place candy canes in each of the date spots and enjoy your new Candy Cane Countdown!
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