12 Projects of Christmas

Looking for something to make for the festive period? We have 12 FREE project downloads for you to enjoy. Please scroll down to browse the available projects.

NOTE: Projects require VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher or Aspire 4.5 or higher - please see project description to check if the project is compatible with your software.


#1 - Tic-Tac-Toe

The first of our “12 Projects of Christmas” for 2014 is a Tic-Tac-Toe game board and playing pieces. We cut our version from off-cuts of Corian but this could also be made from contrasting woods or all cut from single piece of material then painted or stained.

This makes a great gift as a game for all ages or even just a fun ornament.

This project is available to Aspire 4.5 or higher or VCarve 7.5 or higher.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

#2 - The "Ruler Coaster"

The second project is not directly Christmas related but would make a good gift for someone with the same low-quality sense of humor and enjoyment of dubious word-play as myself.

The “Ruler Coaster” was conceived sometime in the last 15 years, I don’t remember exactly when but probably after a beer or two.

This project is available to Aspire 4.5 or higher or VCarve 7.5 or higher.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

#3 - Vectrician Yo-Yo!

This neat project is courtesy of Michael Tyler, the maestro behind our regular Free Projects. The Vectrician Yo Yo! features a “steampunk” gear motif and can be stained or painted as desired to make a unique home made gift.

The files for this project require you to have Aspire 4.5 or higher to load and work with the files.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

#4 - Happy Xmas Sign

The fourth project is a 2 part assembly, self-standing sign which says “Happy Xmas”. The files for this are compatible with VCarve Pro 7.5 or Aspire 4.5. My version of this was made from some very low quality ply-wood which I would probably not recommend as a particularly good choice, although the finished result looked OK after a bit of filler and sanding!

This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

#5 - Christmas Stamps

Back in 2013 I worked on a woodblock printing project – and I thought I’d revisit this as it’s such an easy way to create your own ink stamps – and with Christmas around the corner it’s a great way to personalise cards, gift wrap and tags.

This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

#6 - Christmas Tree Decorations

This project consists of some easy to make but effective tree decorations. I went with some simple shapes – tree’s and stars and thought about how I could create a quick and easy pattern to cut – so I went for various patterns; chevrons, stripes, diagonal stripes etc. 


This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

#7 - Slot Together Tree 'A'

The Seventh project is the first of two slot-together Christmas Trees we’ll be posting, the other one (which is a lot simpler) will come later in the month.

This tree is made from 12 separate pieces and looks really effective when assembled The file included in the article is compatible with VCarve Pro 7.5 and Aspire 4.5

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

#8 - Santa Stop Sign

This project is a simple Santa Stop sign, that requires very little effort! All you need is some material, a 0.25” End Mill, some mask material and some spray paint.

We made it using 0.5” Ply Wood but you could use any flat material which will take paint.


This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

#9 - "Home for the Holidays No.4"

The ninth free project is courtesy of our friends at www.designandmake.com – who have provided us with a specially designed CNC-Mini-Project.

These Projects are a collection of themed models (and some vectors) which can be arranged into a custom assembly and machined using Aspire 4.5 or higher.

Dutch Country Clock

Dutch Country Clock

#10 - Snow Word

Todays project is a simple standing word to go on a shelf that says ‘Snow’. It seems that these  are quite popular amongst the high-street stores – so I thought I would have a go at making one myself. There are lots of ways that you could approach this yourself, I decided to go for a square area and create the different letters at two different heights.


This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Culinary Apothecary

Culinary Apothecary

#11 - Slot Together Tree 'B'

This is the second of our slot-together Christmas trees, this would be much simpler to make than the first one. Our version of this tree was cut from 3/4” thick ply-wood, slotted together and then spray-painted to finish.


This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Finger-Joint Box


Finger-Joint Box

#12 - Home Sweet Home Sign

The last of our 12 Projects of Christmas, is a rustic “Home Sweet Home” sign that would make a nice present at anytime of the year but if your struggling to find a last minute gift for someone may just solve that problem as its quite quick and easy to make. This is cut using a 90 degree V-Bit and 0.25” End Mill.


This project requires Aspire 4.5/VCarve Pro 7.5 or higher.

Gingerbread House - Cookie Bin

Gingerbread House - Cookie Bin


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