Laser-cut goods are the latest and greatest in the creative market. These versatile tools can be utilized by everyone, from jewelers to commercial sign designers, to create unique, eye-catching displays. While it takes practice to master these tools, there are endless options for creating something new.
Here are some amazing laser cutter projects and ideas to get you started.
Silhouette decorations are a traditional home decor piece that’s been lost to the ages. Bring this trend back with a twist by creating silhouette ornaments of your nearest and dearest. Have the subject of your art stand against a blank wall, and snap a photo of their side profile. Use the outline of their profile to create a template and start cutting.
Silhouette ornaments make fantastic holiday gifts to hang on the tree. Alternatively, you can mount and frame the silhouette for a vintage-inspired piece of wall art.
Spotify Code Keychains
Gone are the days of creating a mixtape for the one you love. Recapture that magic with your laser cutter by creating a Spotify code keychain. Spotify codes are scannable codes that can be viewed through a smartphone camera. When scanned, the code will take the music lover to the related playlist or song.
Create a playlist for yourself or a friend and screenshot the associated Spotify code to create your template. The best part is that you can always add to your mix without having to change the code.
Wall clocks are back with a vengeance, thanks to the creative spirit of makers with laser cutters. Use a laser cutter to create a whimsical wall clock that’s entirely one-of-a-kind. You can also use laser engraving to add depth and dimension, highlighting those finer details.
When it comes to creating a wall clock, the options are endless. You can find anything from beehives to topographic maps of the New York subway system. Find a template that suits your style, and make a bespoke piece of art for your home. Pair your design with a simple DIY clock kit to complete the project.
Create a custom paper lightbox depicting your favorite characters or scenes using a shadowbox, laser-cut paper, and an LED light strip. This unique laser cutter craft makes a fantastic wedding gift, nightlight, or decor piece for your home.
The layers of paper or cardstock create depth and dimension, striking a unique balance between light and shadow. The scene you create will come to life every night with the flick of a switch.
For a unique twist on this project, you can create a shadow caster light shade to project scenes on your wall, rather than containing them within a shadowbox.
One of the main benefits of laser cutters and laser engravers is that they work with a variety of materials. You can use them on wood, acrylic, paper, metal, glass— essentially whatever material you want.
Get creative and make custom jewelry using your laser cutter. You can create anything from simple earrings to elaborate necklaces. Laser cutters work especially well in art deco and geometric designs. You can even use the silhouette project above to create a charm bracelet for Grandma showcasing her grandchildren’s likenesses or to create an ID tag for your canine companion.
Unique Business Cards
Finally, if you’re going to be using a laser cutter for business purposes, what better way to showcase your services than with unique business cards. Laser-cut business cards are a fantastic way to stand out and make a statement.
Use these ideas as inspiration for your next great laser cutter project.