Every year, coming up to Christmas time, I take part in a ‘make off’ with some of my other laser cutting friends. It’s not really a competition, it’s just for fun, with very little in the way of an actual winner as everybody’s ideas are always so good!
Last year I made 3D slot-together bauble kits (read about how I designed them here). This year I’m planning some hanging mistletoe.
So first off I draw a mistletoe outline. I took a look at various mistletoe images to get an idea of shape, but I want them to be very simple. Ideally the leaves need to be the same shape and size to make cutting simpler.
When I was finally happy with the style and shape I create an outline with a nice big loop on the top for hanging.
I was very pleased with how the MDF testers were turning out, so decided to try a version with some pretty frosted green acrylic leaves, and little white berries.
Here is where the the use of identical leaves really comes in handy. I used wood glue to stick the acrylic pieces to the base and found it saved me a lot of time not having to worry about which set went where. To speed things even more, I next tried using double sided tape on one side of the acrylic so the add on pieces would stick directly to the base. The white berries are so small – any way to cut down on ‘faffing about time’ is a good thing!
I next went on to try a ply wood version which, as well as being a little stronger and more durable, looked particuarly lovely with the frosted acrylic and finished off with some lovely thick twine and a nice-cuts label.
My favourite use for laser cut mistletoe so far… rear view mirror mistletoe! Never miss a romantic opportunity when giving lifts to your friends this Christmas!