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Laser Cut Minnie Mouse Rings using the xTool


| Original: December 30, 2023

Earlier this year, I got the chance to review the xTool M1, which is a laser and blade cutter hybrid machine. The machine has been an incredible addition to my craft space and I've made so many cool things with it!

I've been sharing most of my xTool creations on my Instagram Stories but things are about to change as I'm trying to find time to write out the tutorials and share what I've made on my blog.

Laser Cut Wooden Minnie Mouse Ring with Red Bow

The first xTool laser cut project I wanted to share is these Mickey and Minnie Mouse rings laser-cut from basswood sheets. The rings are not very big so it's a great project to use up the leftover scrap wood from other projects.

Wearing the Laser Cut Wooden Minnie Mouse Ear Rings

If you think these Minnie Mouse rings look familiar, you're not wrong. I've made a crochet version of these rings before!

Crochet Version of the Minnie Mouse Rings

Making these Mickey and Minnie Mouse rings has been an enjoyable project not just for me, but for the girls as well. We ended up making more than 50 rings for the girls' classmates and friends to give out as a small Christmas gift.

Variations of the Laser Cut Minnie Mouse Rings

These rings were designed using the xTool Creative Space software, cut out using the xTool M1, hand-painted, assembled, and packaged individually. We made Minnie Mouse rings for the girls in the class and Mickey Mouse rings (without the bow) for the boys.

It was a fun screen-free activity for the whole family, especially when it came down to crunch time to get them ready before the last day of school before Christmas!

xTool Laser Cut Minnie Mouse Rings for Christmas Stocking Stuffers

If you're looking to make your own, check out the tutorial below!

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DIY Laser Cut Minnie Mouse Rings


DIY Laser Cut Minnie Mouse Rings


What You Need / Materials


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Download Template

Cutting out the rings using the xTool Creative Space


1) Download the template above and import it into the xTool Creative Space.

Using the ring template on xTool Creative Space

2) Use the second sheet of the template ("Cut 4 mm Basswood") to cut out the rings (Power: 100%, Speed: 5 mm/s, Pass: 1).

3) Use the third sheet of the template ("Cut 2 mm Basswood") to cut out the bow (Power: 80%, Speed: 9 mm/s, Pass: 1).

Laser Cutting out rings using the xTool M1

The template provides ring sizes from 4 to 9.5. If you require a size outside of that, follow the simple instructions below:

1) Create the inner circle with the diameter size of the desired size in mm (e.g. 15 mm).

Create the inner ring at the diameter of the ring size

2) Then, create an outer circle with the diameter size of the desired size in mm and add 4 mm (e.g. 15 mm + 4 mm = 19 mm). Position it and center the inner circle in the middle of the outer circle.

Add 4 mm to the inner ring to create the outer ring

3) Copy the circle and create 2 ears, which are going to be 65% of the ring size (e.g. 15 mm x 65% = 9.75 mm). Position it to the sides of the outer circle.

Position the ears on either side of the outer ring

4) Then select the two ears and the outer circle, then click Combine > Unite. Use the xTool M1 laser cutter function to cut as per the above instructions.

Unite the ears and the outer ring

5) Copy the bow and size it so that the width is 97% of the inner ring (e.g. 15 mm x 97% = 14.5 mm). Use the xTool M1 laser cutter function to cut as per the above instructions.

Size the bow 97% of the diameter of the ring size


Assembly


1) Remove the rings and bows from the xTool M1 laser cutter and clean the edges as needed.

Laser cut Minnie Mouse Rings from basswood sheets

2) Paint the rings and the bows using acrylic paint. Wait for it to dry. Optional: If you want to apply dots to the bows, I found that using a toothpick made more precise dots than a paintbrush.

Paint the wooden Minnie ring using acrylic paint  Paint the wooden Minnie ring using acrylic paint

3) Glue the bows to the top of the mouse ear rings using the E6000 industrial glue.

Laser Cut Wood Minnie Mouse rings glue on bow

4) Package nicely and gift!

Laser Cut Minnie Mouse ring with a pink bow



Did you make your own Minnie Mouse rings? I'd love to see it! Please share it with me on Instagram and/or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.





This is an original craft tutorial written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this craft tutorial as your own. If you wish to share this craft tutorial, you may link to this blog post, but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for personal use, but please DO NOT sell or distribute the craft tutorial.

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