I turned an image of a Santa that was generated using xTool's xArt into a shelf sitter. You can find more of my laser design files here: www.supervectorgirl.com
Open xTool Creative Space and click xArt on the left side. Type in a prompt, I typed “Cute character sticker, vector, vibrant colors, cute santa, black outline, white background." The first two generated images were kind of silly, and I couldn't use them. Luckily, the 3rd image was good enough for me to use.
- I saved the image and imported it into Inkscape for processing.
- I used Trace Bitmap to get a rough outline of the image. (picture 1)
- After spending more time than I want to admit to clean up all the nodes (picture 2), I finally had a clean enough image to turn into a cut file (picture 3).
Open the file into XSC and laser cut it. I used the honeycomb, because there are a lot of small pieces, and I want to keep them in an organized manner for easy assembly later.
I used 3mm baltic birch plywood for the wood. If you use another thickness, you will need to adjust the slots in the stand. If you resize the file, you will also need to adjust the slots.
- Carefully remove all the pieces, and keep them organize. It will make painting easier and also for assembly later.
- I stick tiny pieces on tape, so they won't move during painting.
- I used a make-up sponge and the dabbing method to paint every piece.
- Paint only 1 piece of the slotted stand. It will be 2 layers.
- After everything is dry, glue the Santa outline piece to the back piece.
- Now it's fun time! If you kept everything organized, this will be quick and easy. Match up each piece to the correct place in the outline and glue down. It's kind of like a puzzle, and I really enjoy it.
- For the slotted stand, glue the painted piece on top.
You are finished. I hope you enjoyed making this with me. Please give this project a thumbs up/like after downloading!