Picture of Green Lantern Ring - Made of Wood!!
Let me start by saying I am neither a jewelry maker nor a woodworker. I've made jewelry before, and I've worked with wood before, but I definitely don't claim to know a whole lot about either. Anyway...

I made a couple of simple bands out of wood one day and decided to try and kick it up a notch and make something a little more complicated. While thinking about rings I remembered an instructable I've always wanted to do but didn't have the tools or supplies for: How to make a Green Lantern Ring

I've always been a comic fan, and I know more about Green Lantern than most people, but it's never been a series I kept up with. I still think the ring is super cool though so I decided it was perfect for my personal wooden ring challenge.

Here's what I did. Enjoy!

Step 1: Tools and materials

Picture of Tools and materials

Cheap wood carving set
Dremel tool with Workstation and flex extension
Multiple sizes of grinding and sanding bits
Sandpaper - coarse and fine
Sanding block


Wood (I buy wood bits by the pound from American Science and Surplus)
Green wood stain (got mine from Ikea)
Wood filler (if you're better at carving then me you won't need this)
Brushes (unless you use spay polyurethane)

Zombiefly6 years ago
I found it ironic that the original green lanterns weakness was wood. Very nice ring though btw To bad agent orange never saw this guide and swapped lanterns rings when he wasn't looking
Larfreeze would just take both lanterns
I know more about Green Lantern than most people

Does this include the original GL's weakness? (wood ...discussion of wood rings...)
Well, the Golden Age Green Lantern was a magical ring that was had a weakness for wood. The modern Green Lantern held a weakness against the color yellow until a few years ago. As Raj on TBBT pointed out, you could, at one time, take them both out with a number 2 pencil.
are you a slayer? xoxo
aintMichael (author)  FlutterVertigo6 years ago
Don't worry -- I won't tell. It was too easy to pass up.
toaignika6 years ago
Would aspen be a usable wood for this project? I have an abundance of larger branches in my back yard and don't want the wood to go to waste.
aintMichael (author)  toaignika6 years ago
to be totally honest, I'm still learning about different types of wood, and what they're best for. At the very least I'd say try it. No harm in having it not work and learning something.
i tried it and the ring broke in the shaping process.. not sure if it was the wood or because the wood was too green
it was probobly a bit of both. I know close to nothing bout wood, but for this a good hard wood or if your like yourself then cut the block out drill a quick ring hole and let it sit for a good week. or to speed it up leave it in the oven at LOW temps, it shkd speed up the (Curing? that the right word?) process
Waffle25 years ago
Hey I am a big fan of the green lantern. But I am only a kid. So if you can? Maybe make one for me? You dont have to.
ShockValue6 years ago
Looks great! You know how ironic it would be if someone made an Alan Scott ring? lol.
catfan636 years ago
Neat idea- I do work with wood and you did just fine!!

BTW- the last picture looks like you might turning into the Hulk (thumb)!! :)
aintMichael (author)  catfan636 years ago
Has anyone tried making a simple band with juniper heart wood, willow, mozambique, rosewood, ancient kauri, hawaiian koa, oak, padauk, or winewood??? If you have please let me know how it turned out.
you can use any wood thats hard enough. the wood must be really dry so it doesn't break or something..
baking on a low heat would help as it would act like a kiln in a way
and as well remember the softness and hardness of certain woods as well, as well as if its fresh the sap and oils...
aintMichael (author)  karin_la7 years ago
if it's too dry it will crack, it will also swell and split if it gets any moisture in it. at the very least it should have a small amount of oil to keep either of those things from happening.
thanks now I just need the proper tools
Thank-you I really want to make one!!
daiatlus796 years ago
we need to see more rings.. i will have to try to make a Blue Lantern (Hope) ring.. if anyone else is willing to make the other colors, like: Yellow/Sinestro Corps (Fear) Red Corps (Rage) Orange Corps (Aravice/Greed) Black Corps (Death) Purple/Zamarons (Love) (yes, they have rings now as well) i would list the Indigo (Compassion) but they use staffs but if u wanna make one of those too it would be cool.... then we can have the War of Light! lol :P
very nice, I made five rings like this. they all turned out great
When you're for those who have) at a hardware store, pick up a dowel and ask someone if there's any chance they could lop the end with a saw. IOW, let them do the cutting. When you ask them to help, just make a comment about "I'm cutting them short because I don't need the rest of the dowel." More times than not, they won't charge you for very much and just put the dowel in one of the bins which have all of their other stuff they can. You also could ask them to cut them to slightly different lengths, just so you can experiment. I know more about Green Lantern than most people, If you've got a garage, it might pay off to keep the remainder of the dowel.
nice but how do u do such a good job with wood???
aintMichael (author)  crafty_crayons6 years ago
it's easier to do this in wood than a lot of other materials. Thanks
k :))
Kaiven6 years ago
nice ring! and LOL green thumb...
WurdBendur7 years ago
I'm going to try slicing a piece of a branch. It's just about the right size and already roughly round, which means less work for me.
I tried to slice off a piece of a maple branch I had one time for a belt buckle, and it was really more trouble than it was worth. I hope your attempt goes better!
It worked well enough. Because of the structure of the grain, I don't expect it'll be strong enough to hold up to the stress of everyday wearing, but it's just sitting in a drawer anyway.
Yeah, if mine had worked I would have glued it to a steel backing plate so my new buckle wouldn't fall apart from wearing it every day. But it fell apart before it was even a buckle, so eh. I'll probably try again. When you tried it, what did you use to cut off your slice of branch, and how fresh was that branch? I've got a lot of various freshnessess of wood, but not enough time to use every cutting implement I have on every one until it works, which was probably my problem in the first place.
I used a Dremel because that's what I had on hand. It was a bit awkward because my cutoff wheel was a little too small. If I had a saw, I would have used that instead. The branch wasn't too fresh. I had found it on the ground, still green, but that was some weeks before I decided to do anything with it. So not really fresh, but not old.
aintMichael (author)  WurdBendur7 years ago
That's probably a really good idea. I'd be curious to know how it turns out.
Kevvixx7 years ago
Wow! I'll defiantely have to try this, but without the green lantern symbol. Only because I have been wanting a wooden ring for a while now and now I have the chance to make it myself with my own design. Great Instructable by the way!
aintMichael (author)  Kevvixx7 years ago
I have a slidewhow here to that has a couple other designs I did. Check'em out, I'd love to inspire something awesome!

Ring Slideshow
I like the first ring that is kind of dark, with a light ridge in it. Do you have an instructable on that. Or can you just e-mail me on how to do it? fullerton.dan@gmail.com..thanks...
aintMichael (author)  fullerton.dan7 years ago
It's basically the same as this one, only i used a sharp knife to and cut from the middle to the edge (leaving that ring in the center) and then stained it. The coloring of the light part was an accident, I think it was the oil on my hands that made the stain not set in. I think I explained it somewhere else in these comments. Thanks
yeah I like the 2nd one. I'll make something like that. and also where did you get the wood bit?
aintMichael (author)  Kevvixx7 years ago
I buy pieces by the pound from American Science and Surplus.
http://www.sciplus.com/. They're not all the same pieces, but the rest of them are great for all kinds of projects.
Where else can you get them?
aintMichael (author)  Kevvixx7 years ago
I'm sure if you just found a dowel from Home Depot or something you could just slice it up. A lot of craft shops also sell wooden dowels as well
If you go to Home Depot, or someplace similar, they usually have several flavors of wood for dowels. You should probably pick the slightly more expensive hardwoods (pretty much any kind) rather than pine. I only made one wooden ring, but it worked well. I found an old silver ring at a yard sale, but almost all the square stone that had been set in it originally was gone. I originally planned on getting some nice stone cut for it, but later while I was doing some wood veneer, it occurred to me that a nice wood "stone" might be neat. I found a little scrap of neat burl veneer with a fine grain, and cut it to the right size square to fit the ring (after chipping out the last couple of cracked stone pieces). I epoxied the veneer scrap in, but it was thicker than the "stone" had been and stuck up quite a bit. I sanded it down with 2000-grit sandpaper, put on a coat of clear urethane, and it looked incredible. Everyone commented on it. I had to put a drop of polyurethane every year or so, and let it dry, since normal wear & tear, and handwashing, wears down the finish eventually. I have to try this one as soon as I figure out what design for the front.
If you use sesame oil or similar, the touch-ups are easier... and the oil from just touching it with your hands will keep it nice.
I prefer an oil finish, too, but I used the urethane primarily to protect the wood from the abuse and scratches it would pick up in normal wear. Even with the urethane, the amount of scratches that one picks up just from reaching into pockets with keys or pocket change is surprising. And of course spilling coffee, soft drinks, alcohol ... that, coupled with the constant soap & water from showers, or swimming -- jewelry really does take quite a beating. I had to be very careful to get the urethane tight into the gap between the ring and the wood insert, just to make sure moisture wouldn't seep underneath and loosen the wooden "stone." It would probably be smarter to use some sort of plastic , like that two-part liquid used for embedding objects in plastic.
aintMichael (author)  smokehill7 years ago
That ring sounds really cool. Happen to have any pictures? I would love to see it.
Unfortunately I never took any pictures of that ring. I gave it to my son when he was about sixteen, and he wore it until it disappeared when he was in college. He suspected it was one of his friends that made off with it. I keep hoping to run across, at some yard sale, another gold or silver ring with a missing square stone, so I can try it again. It's almost too easy to be an instructable .... more of an idea that's almost self-explanatory.
I looked on that site but couldn't find them. Could you tell me the item # or give me the direct link please?
aintMichael (author)  Kevvixx7 years ago
search for "27065 WOODEN PARTS". You get a pound of assorted parts for $2.50. Not all the parts are the same, but everytime i"ve bought them they have similar stuff so I would guess you'd get the same circles as I do.
walmzdawg7 years ago
nice job thanks, this is going to be the base of what i plan to make a beer or cap opening ring, i have the idea and now this its going to be hard mostly becasue anytime i open it itll chip or break hmmm any ideas on how to fix it so it doesnt do that???
aintMichael (author)  walmzdawg7 years ago
not sure that wood is going to be the best option for that. If you have he facilities, you could carve it from wax and then cast it in something much harder. I open beer bottles with a bic lighter all the time so it may not have to be metal, but something much harder than wood.
Applepie7 years ago
it needs some more work but its cool.

Has anyone seen this site_

Rishnai7 years ago
I had both the time and the knowledge, so I drew a diagram of the various ways to cut wood and their inherent plusses and minuses. Here's the diagram (it might eat your computer if you're on dial-up--it's pretty big so it's readable). For my "no smaller than" dimensions, I'm probably overestimating a bit, but if I went and hand carved a ring, I'd want to feel safe it wouldn't break.

JaymieKarn7 years ago
I'm pretty sure the cutting technique you're talking about is called stop cutting. I learned that in printmaking class :)
aintMichael (author)  JaymieKarn7 years ago
that sounds about right,. Thanks
cocoasauce7 years ago
Really cool gonna try making one out of some hard wood so i can get it real fine. I have one question tho when you had two hands in the picture did you use your mouth to take the picture lol.
aintMichael (author)  cocoasauce7 years ago
I used the power of the miiiind!!!

Since people are discussing favorite woods for carving, I'm going to mention my favorites... Black Walnut - really nice patterns, dense, hard, durable... Carob - really rare in woodworking, but some cities used these for street trees decades ago, so here in Los Angeles, I get a bit of it occasionally from street tree timming crews' rubbish piles. Very nice white-to-yello color reminiscent of ivory. Easy to carve and durable. Osage Orange - hard to get in some areas, nice orange-y color, forgiving, Oak - and of course the chunks of oak I get from pallets... I will sometimes 'kick a pallet right in the knots' -- to knock free the knotty pieces I like. Oak is funky and coarse-grained, but right up next to the knot it is really luscious sometimes.
MrBungle7 years ago
Super awesome. I could totally do this, except I need a sweet dremel workstation and the extender thingy. I'm all over it. Great work. You should make a yellow one for your arch-nemesis, Sinestro. :)
thegunthing7 years ago
nice job. i will definetly attempt to make one of these when i get a chance. I never thought of making a ring out of wood
lttheninja7 years ago
This is one of the best instructables I've seen. It's very cool, you describe in detail and you use alot of humor. If I wasn't lacking the tools, I'd be all over this.
aintMichael (author)  lttheninja7 years ago
well thanks very much! If there's any tool I would recommend everyone should own it's a rotary tool, mine's a Dremel but I'm sure there are others that work just fine.
i gto a dremael 2 for 5 dolers at a hardware store ha hahahahaahahhahhaahahhahaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
............ Cool Instructable by the way. I'd probably screw something up horribly if I tried it, like my finger(s).
Once you've had a Dremel you wonder how life is possible without it. You can get cheap bits for it from Harbor Freight or American Science & Surplus, and one of the first attachments you should get is the flexible shaft -- great for fine detail work, gives you perfect control. The lttle rotary saw blade is surprisingly useful, too, for fixing the odd problem. I built a room once and discovered after I had the drywall up that I had left all the electric boxes sticking waaaaay too far out of the new wall. Nearly an unfixable problem without tearing out drywall -- until I remembered that little Dremel saw blade. It trimmed all those boxes (about eight of them) back to where they were close to flush with the wall, and the cover plates fit on perfectly. The little Dremel cutoff wheels might have worked, too. My wife uses it for polishing her jewelry, and trimming the toenails on our 15 dogs.. All Dremels are tough, but it's better to buy the model with the ball-bearing motor. I got mine for Christmas in 1975 and have used it regularly since then with zero problems. The router attachment is also pretty neat, esp. for small venerring or inlay work. Now is also the best time to find the big kits on sale for Christmas. Usually save a chunk of money that way.
idogis17 years ago
you said that you didn't know what kind of wood that was. It appears to be pine.
aintMichael (author)  idogis17 years ago
that seems to be the consensus, thanks
smokehill7 years ago
To make different ring sizes you need to convert the size you want to a drill bit size. There are plenty of conversion charts online, search "ring size conversion," like


They all seem to give the inches in decimal, so you have to convert that to US drill bit sizes ... but if we couldn't do that, we shouldn't be handling dangerous power tools anyhow, right?

My size 11 seems to be about 13/16"

aintMichael (author)  smokehill7 years ago
That's a really good idea.I would probably find a bit just smaller than I needed to allow for the sanding and finishing. As it stands right now the largest bit I have is 1/2" . I don't usually do very big projects, and until now haven't needed anything bigger. Sounds like a great reason to buy more tools though! :)
Another alternative to a bunch of new drill bits -- there's something called a Uni-bit, sort of a "stepped" bit shaped like an ice cream cone: the further you go in, the wider the cut. One of those should cover almost every size you'd want. Its only limitation is that you can't do a small hole, like 3/8", through something thick like a 2x4, since the deeper you go, the wider the cut. It might be handy for this, though, since you could do a bunch of cuts for different size rings all at once, without changing a lot of bits. Most decent tool places have them, even Harbor Freight, I think.
You're right about allowing for sanding -- I hadn't thought of that. My size 11 ring seems to be about 9/16" inside, so you'll need to get some more bits, eventually. Since you're just doing wood, you can get by with the really cheap, sleazy Chinese bits, but a set of good-quality bits will open a lot of other possibilities for you. If your drill chuck won't go past a half inch, remember you don't need to buy a bigger drill, just get some oversize bits that still have a smaller shank. Also, the spade bits are usually very cheap, too, and will fit small drill chucks. They might even be an advantage since they have a nice little point to get you started exactly in the middle, instead of wandering around like the twist drill bits sometimes do. However, if you can afford it, just go crazy and buy lots of nifty tools anyhow. I've never regretted a single tool I've bought, and always find a use for them.
Alathald7 years ago
I'm afraid you've found another way to fill my time and inspired me to make my own wood ring...I used a piece of an old walking stick I made from an ash tree in my backyard, just sliced a bit of the top of it. Worked out quite well too, rather than going across the grain tho I used the rings that naturally occur in the wood to make it as strong as possible. BTW, the wood your using appears to be pine but I could be wrong...I'm definitely not a wood expert. If I had to guess, I'd say the best type of woods to make a ring out of would be ash or osage because they can flex a lot without snapping (it's why they are the primary materials for wood bows) but again, I'm not a wood expert (was just into bows a couple years ago) Great Instructable nonetheless!
You're probably right about the ash or osage. Personally, I'd worry about pine putting up with much wear or abuse, but anything flexible and tough enough for a bow should be a great choice for wood. Hickory might be good, too, if you can find it locally. We have a lot of it in Virginia, and it's very tough & flexible, used for hammer & ax handles, and one of the best choices for canes & walking sticks.
aintMichael (author)  Alathald7 years ago
Awesome. I'm not much for showing off, I really just like making Instructables to inspire someone to do something that's cooler than what I do. I would absolutely love to see what you did. From the little bit of research I did I have also come to think that it is pine. From some of the other comments I've gotten the idea in my head to use some kind of hardwood, but for now I'm just trying to get a better at the process. Question for you: Did it make it any harder to shape using the natural grain? I found it easy the carve the profile of the ring by going with the grain, and a little more difficult carving the design when I worked against it. I would like to hear a little more about your experience. Thank you for the compliment as well, again I am very glad to have inspired someone.
Oops, forgot to upload a pic of my ring...I snapped a pic of the wood I used and smashed the two together below. Anywho, I just made a simple band by removing the highlighted rings in the pic, then shaping and sanding it. I made the design by being lazy (which I'm naturally good at) and first spray painting it black, then taking some 400 grit sandpaper to it. That removed the paint from the higher spots while leaving paint in the lower spots thus giving me my goofy design. BTW I too used the dremel workstation and highly recommend it. As for it being any harder, I found it pretty easy because the rings in the wood give you natural guidelines to work with while shaping it. Also, I found the ash wood easier to dremel than the pine I used because the dremel bits like to grab the pine wood and toss it across the room. Then again, I think the pine I had was pressure treated. Oops...
aintMichael (author)  Alathald7 years ago
awesome. you've given me a great idea for painting. I didn't really have any problems with mine getting tossed across the room. Thanks for the pics and the for sharing your experience.
Pyratking7 years ago
Great job. Also ironic, considering the Alan Scott Green Lantern is weak against wood. I'm a dork.
aintMichael (author)  Pyratking7 years ago
that I didn't know. thanks! I think everyone here is a dork in some way :)
Spense097 years ago
not tryin to be rude but, what happened to your finger :l
aintMichael (author)  Spense097 years ago
I'm just not very careful when I paint. I usually treat the stuff I make more carefully than I do my own appendages.

I have never been able to carry out any work coolly. On the contrary it is done, so to speak, with my own blood.
- Jim Dine
awoodcarver7 years ago
Very nice work !! Look for a cabinet shop and see if they will part with scrap hard wood ... for softer wood try old wooden thread spools , they are made of bass wood a carvers fav and they start round and finish and take a good stain
DrStoooopid7 years ago
I'm sensing a spin-off character here. A green lantern who's sole drive is to be a tree-hugging nature nazi from the forest world of Glooptar-7, with flowers for ears, and farts pine-fresh NYC taxi-cab scent. Good instructable.
aintMichael (author)  DrStoooopid7 years ago
I was thinking tie-dye spandex
All the same....cool idea, I'd never have thought of it.
this is nice im going to try to make just a regular wooden ring though cuz im not the greatest at carving...or using pointy objects
aintMichael (author)  oinkoinkzoopals7 years ago
This is the first time I ever tried to carve something this intricate before. I say go for it! Always respect pointy objects, and they will be your friend.
darkmuskrat7 years ago
You got wood :D w00t
aintMichael (author)  darkmuskrat7 years ago
that's one of the secret powers of this ring: as long as you're wearing it you'll always have wood ;)
this is just amazing!
aintMichael (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
SWV17877 years ago
Nice I did something like this in highschool only I set a stone in it rather that doing the green lantern motife
aintMichael (author)  SWV17877 years ago
Thanks! Now that I've figured out the basics I think I'll try a few more, I was thinking maybe putting some small item in the circle and filling it with a clear resin.
Awesome! You are one skilled ring-wood worker
aintMichael (author)  T3h_Muffinator7 years ago
Thanks, this is really the first time I've really tried to carve anything real.
aintMichael (author)  aintMichael7 years ago
*too many "really's" there* :)
Very cool! It turned out great.
aintMichael (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
hey thanks!
canida7 years ago
Looks great!
aintMichael (author)  canida7 years ago
trebuchet037 years ago
How do you like the dremel workstation? Nice work too :)
aintMichael (author)  trebuchet037 years ago
I love it. I got it from Amazon for like $40, and I've definitely gotten that much value out of it time and time again. I would say the best part is being able to rotate the tool and use it like a small bench grinder, I do that more than I use it like a drill press (which is also really nice). You're supposed to mount it to a table, my living situation doesn't really allow for that, but I'v never had a problem just setting it on a level surface. I'm starting to sound like an ad... Oh, and thanks for the compliment!
NachoMahma7 years ago
. Great job!
aintMichael (author)  NachoMahma7 years ago