Spark Your Creativity And Up Your Design Game With This List Of Laser Cut Ideas
Whether you’re new to making and looking for a place to start or you’re a seasoned maker who wants to expand in new directions or get a fresh take on your current path, do we have some laser cutter projects inspiration for you.
There’s so much opportunity for making amazing laser cut products (and profiting from them, too!). But where to start?
To spark your creativity, we’ve scoured the best Etsy shops, Instagram feeds, Pinterest boards and blog posts from all over the web to find the coolest custom laser cut design ideas from top designers. It took some doing, but we narrowed the list down to 105 of our faves. Whew!
With so many ideas, we wanted to make this post easy to navigate and refer back to. So we divided the story into two sections.
The first section contains 55 laser cutter projects organized into popular product categories. If you’re a maker with an affinity for a particular product, this section is just for you.
The second half of the story features 50 laser cutting ideas divided into 10 groups based on top-selling materials. So if you love a certain material and want to expand what you’re making, scroll down and get inspired.
You may notice many geometric designs made the list. Well, we do love some geometry! But here’s a truth bomb when it comes to laser cut products: Laser cutters love geometry, too.
Straight lines are less complicated to cut than curved ones, so it’s faster to make this design style. And when we’re talking laser cutting, time is money. So faster cutting designs are less expensive—an important consideration if you are selling your laser cut products. Geometric designs are also a lot easier to nest (share cutting lines), another cost savings tip. #winning!
So are you ready to get inspired? Let’s do this.
55 Laser Cutter Projects By Product Category
Do you make jewelry, electronics cases, wedding decorations, bookmarks or signs? Then take a look at these laser cut ideas and get inspired to create your own designs.
Laser Cut Jewelry
What’s one of the top laser cutter projects made by Ponoko? If you guessed jewelry, you’re right. From earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, there are so many great design ideas that it was hard to pick just a handful!
Since many makers specialize in making with certain materials, we have grouped the design ideas into subsections by materials to make your browsing experience easy. So you’ll see all the wood jewelry, acrylic jewelry and so forth together.
1. Wooden Jewelry Components
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lucca Laser Workshop creates wood and paper gifts, home decor and custom-designed merchandise using all natural materials. Above is an inside look at some initial product sketches along with the final products.
2. Geometric Earrings
Etsy seller MoodWoodShop uses birch to create striking laser cut designs, such as these diamond chevron earrings.
3. Chevron Necklace
Chevrons are also a popular motif with Etsy shop CompanyKind. In fact, this salvaged wood ombre chevron necklace is the shop’s signature piece. CompanyKind’s founder and her husband own a cabinetry shop in the Santa Cruz mountains of California, and the work always results in an abundance of overshoots and cut-offs. She wanted to find a way to use every piece of wood possible, so the jewelry making began.
4. Wooden Diamond Statement Necklace
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? For days when you want to make a statement but the real bling is a bit much, this large wooden statement necklace from Etsy seller alysonprete has all the class without the hefty price tag.
5. Wing Earrings
6. Layered 3D Bracelets
7. Ethnic Patterns
The “Ethnotize” collection by Rename is a modern interpretation of traditional ethno symbols. Well known ethnic patterns blend the traditional with the modern, and the combination of the wood base with matte black and gold details creates memorable statement pieces.
8. Star Trek Inspired Necklace
This triangle shaped cherry wood necklace from Etsy shop birdofvirtue may seem like just a cool chevron design to some. But Star Trek fans will recognize the symbol right away. It’s made of three-layers of intricately laser etched solid cherry wood with the top panel hand-painted a soothing icy mint green for a unique pop of color. This blending of both classy and nerdy is just our cup of tea. (Earl Grey, hot, of course.)
9. Lunar Necklace
Born from a love of nature and pattern, Etsy seller adaandcedar puts an interesting twist on this moon-shaped tribal wood necklace by hand painting a peach color accent.
10. Hand Painted Earrings
Etsy seller ShopJoyo works at the intersection of art and technology to create clean, modern pieces that integrate graphic design with architectural influence. These drop earring take a simple rectangle shape and then brings it to life with a hand painted teal and gold geometric design.
11. Whimsical Rings
If a touch of whimsy brightens your day, these silhouette rings from Etsy seller whimsymilieu will definitely bring smiles. With diamond, mountain, bear, lady bug, mushroom and strawberry shapes, there’s a little fun for everyone.
12. High Flying Necklace
While So Little Time Co. technically designs jewelry, this husband and wife team like to refer to their brooches, necklaces and earrings as wearables. And you’ll see why with this aeroplane necklace. It’s three dimensions, multiple pieces and hand-painted finish make it as much art as jewelry.
13. Urban Modern Acrylic Necklace
A Portuguese industrial designer that since an early age has interest in fashion design, Olga Ribeiro of Objects of O creates modern acrylic jewelry for urban trendy women—all with an irreverent twist.
14. Haute Couture Acrylic Necklace
World renowned designer Sarah Angold combines her passion for sleek avant-garde styling with the visible structural engineering behind her intricate pieces. This signature aesthetic is seen in her collections that routinely collide hyper-modern industrial processes with meticulous hand assembly and artisanal craftsmanship, such as the stunning Kingla Necklace.
15. Shape Changing Jewelry
London-based designer Alexandra Druzhinin puts a new twist on custom jewelry—and it earned her the London College of Fashion Off-Catwalk award. The Transformable Runway Bracelet combines acrylic with brass, copper and silver laser cut into unique shapes and patterns.
“Through model-making experiments of paper engineering used to make pop-up books, the designer has developed a built-in, rotating mechanism that enables the pieces to change their form,” LS:N Global reports. “By placing layers on top of each other, each piece of jewelry can be worn opened or closed, transforming its design from a minimal aesthetic into a mesmerizing display of geometrically patterned surfaces and flamboyant colors.”
Inspired? Ready to make your own unique jewelry? Then don’t miss this jewelry making for beginners guide that shows how to make jewelry that is functionally sound, aesthetically pleasing and professional looking so that you can proudly wear it yourself, happily give it to friends or family, or confidently sell it to make a profit.
Laser Cut Electronics Enclosures
Building your own electronics is super cool. They blink and whirr, they can speak in tones, might even be voiced-controlled and are definitely “cloud connected.”
But what happens when a now assembled heap of your own design is just sitting on your desk? It’s waiting for the extra-special final touch: A robust electronics enclosure to house and protect it. Whether you are an Arduino fan or like to build with Raspberry Pi, check out these laser cutter projects for inspiration.
16. Kerf Cut Teeny Lamp
This little light may be small, but it sure is mighty—in design, that is. The Stanford Product Realization Lab, a multi-site teaching facility where Stanford students discover the power to create the future, designed this lamp as part of its laser-cutting curriculum. The kerf cutting pattern of slits allows the flat sheet of wood to bend, giving an otherwise boxy shape a much more interesting silhouette.
17. 3D Printer Case
If you want to make things so you can make more things, then don’t miss this maker’s take on what he did to redesign a Prusa i3 3D printer, including a complete laser cut enclosure. What’s cool about the Prusa is that it’s a type of RepRap 3D printer, which is an open source printer you can make yourself. Fun!
18. MeArm Robotic Arm
Robot arms. Because robots are awesome. The MeArm Robot Arm was developed to be the world’s most accessible learning tool and smallest coolest robot arm. #success. It comes as a flat-pack kit that you can build with nothing but a screwdriver and enthusiasm. Count us in. Described as the “Perfect Arduino Project for Beginners,” it’s a great kit to get anyone started in the world of programming, electronics, robotics and engineering.
19. Colorful Raspberry Pi Enclosure
This just might be our favorite Raspberry Pi enclosure evvaahhh! The colors are so poppin’. Get the files and make your own via Thingiverse.
20. RetroPie Arcade Game Controller
If you love old arcade games (who doesn’t?!), then don’t miss a little piece of electronics enclosures heaven with this throwback game console powered by Raspberry Pi. Follow the full maker journey on Wikimal, then go make your own.
21. Raspberry Pi Mini HiFi
Spotify sounding a little soft on your iPhone? Pump up the volume by building your own mini HiFi system. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, PC speakers and these plans from Thingiverse. The laser cut plywood looks great on its own, but you could stain it for a richer tone or use the wood as a canvas for a custom, hand-painted masterpiece.
If you wanna put some fun into functional, this TJBot is your guy. Born at IBM Research, TJBot is a DIY template to learn, experiment and explore AI with IBM Watson. Laser cut this little dude using these plans, then use the open-source, step-by-step recipes (read: coding instructions) designed for a Raspberry PI to connect your TJBot to Watson developer services. Now the fun begins. Teach TJBot to tell a joke, carry on a conversation or even dance. We’d love to see the Macarena!
23. Engraved Raspberry Pi Case
Keep your Raspberry Pi in tip-top shape with this enclosure. It’s made from 3mm acrylic; use clear for the top panel to see the engraving, then choose your fave color for the sides and bottom. Wouldn’t this look cool in aqua? Or what about the new lavender swirl? Get started with the free files here.
If your selfies suck as bad as ours (arms just aren’t long enough!), this SelfieBot will have you looking picture perfect every time without needing a full-size photo booth. The Raspberry Pi-powered selfie camera has an HDMI screen and thermal printer to print out the pic, Polaroid style. Now that’s how to make memories even more memorable.
Ok techie, we know you’ve got some completed electronics projects that are just begging to be properly housed. And you must be inspired with the groovy laser cutter projects above. So what are you waiting for? Dive into this guide to making electronic project boxes and get started!
Laser Cut Wedding Decorations
Once your clients or customers have set the date and found the venue for the ceremony and reception, it’s time to start having fun with the wedding décor. Whether the wedding and reception is in a church hall, hotel banquet room, garden, park, backyard or even a barn, the decorations chosen make the event unique to the happy couple.
Here are eight great laser cutter projects to style that beautiful day—from the initial save-the-date announcements all the way to the reception—plus a bonus item that the bride will L.O.V.E.
25. Wooden Save-The-Date Magnets
Everyone loves refrigerator magnets; that’s why businesses use them as promotional tools. So why not take that same principle of creating awareness + excitement and translate it to a wedding save-the-date? These magnets from Etsy seller StylineDesigns are laser cut and engraved from high quality sustainable wood. What’s great is that these save-the-dates become keepsakes after the wedding. Every time guests see the magnet on the fridge, they can remember the beauty—and fun—of the big day.
26. Custom Wedding Invitation
When Renata and Dante were planning their wedding at Amantikir Garden in Campos do Jordão, Brazil, they chose the wedding venue not only because of its gorgeous gardens but also because it was part of their history as a couple. They also didn’t want anything exaggerated or too luxurious because it wouldn’t reflect who they are. This custom invitation incorporated the beauty of a garden setting with simplicity and sophistication. See the entire story on Junebug Weddings.
27. Garden Themed Wedding Invitation
These garden invitations from Stylish Wedd, an online wedding store specializing in custom wedding invitations, look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. From ferns and flowers to butterflies and birds, the cards feature the bride and groom perfectly silhouetted under the wedding arch.
28. Wedding Invitation Envelopes
If you want to make a statement from the minute your wedding guests open the invitation, laser engrave the envelopes. These beauties from Qards are sunning.
29. Wedding Book Cover
Personalize a wedding photo album or guest book—and add dimension—by designing a custom cover. This design is inspired by the softness and floral shapes of baby’s breath, but you could create anything that’s special to the couple from a city skyline of where they live to a monogram of their initials joining together.
30. Script Table Numbers
Etsy shop LettersToYou specializes in custom hand lettering and calligraphy, and these table numbers show that a computer isn’t required to create a beautiful script. These custom table signs are all hand drawn, laser cut in sturdy MDF wood and painted in gold, rose gold, silver, black or white to coordinate with a variety of wedding color schemes.
31. Wedding Signage
Toast the bride and groom—and, more importantly (wink), direct guests to the bar—with this massive wedding sign. We’ll drink to that.
32. Wood Place Cards
For couples with very specific reception seating assignments, these wedding place cards from Swooned go far beyond the paper tents of old. These names are rendered from wood in calligrapher Laura Hooper’s lovely lettering. They lend an elegantly rustic touch to place settings and double as take-home gifts for guests.
33. Bridal Shoes
You may think laser cutting is limited to wedding decorations. Not always! These bridal shoes put a twist on the traditional sling back with a custom ankle wrap. These are so pretty we’d find a way to wear these again after the ceremony!
Today’s couples don’t want cookie cutter ceremonies or receptions. They want decorations that are tailored to their unique personalities and tastes. There is much opportunity for makers to sell their laser cutter projects in this space. So if you’re ready to say “I Do!” to making wedding decorations, check out this guide to styling a beautiful day so you can plan like a pro.
Laser Cut Bookmarks
Whether you’re voraciously reading New York Times Bestsellers, keeping tabs on the latest business trends or perusing the pages of the classics, there’s one thing every bibliophile needs: A bookmark that’s just as amazing as the books being read.
While most of the custom bookmarks on the market are made from wood or leather, that doesn’t mean other materials couldn’t be used. (Sounds like an opportunity to us!) At any rate, after seeing these design ideas, you may need to buy more books!
34. Bamboo Bookmarks
These charming bookmarks from Australian designer/seller Little Card Boutique prove that the right simple design can make a big impact. Offered in six fab designs—Melbourne, plane, heart, fell asleep here, stars and apple—these page holders make great teacher gifts. And since they easily fit in an envelope and can be personalized with additional text, you could use them as promotional products or direct mail pieces.
35. Embroidered Wooden Bookmarks
Designer Jane Blease has a completely different take on wooden bookmarks: She hand-embroiders them! First, she laser cuts the bookmarks in three classic wood veneers (walnut, oak or ash). Then she embroiders spiral, hexagon or heart shapes in an array of gorgeous colors. Finally, she backs the bookmarks with matching soft felt to protect the books. Clever and pretty!
36. Zoo Animals Bookmarks
In addition to its retail store, Lucca Workshop also sells worldwide via its Etsy shop where we found this adorable set of four zoo animals bookmarks. The panda, raccoon, fox and bear bookmarks are perfect for kids and those young at heart!
37. Delicately Detailed Bookmarks
One of the great things about laser cut products is the precise, consistent cutting of fine details. The intricate design of these wood bookmarks look like the imagery came right out of a fairy tale.
38. Arabic Architecture Inspired Bookmarks
Designed by Mayúscula Brands for the Kuwaiti company Zeri Crafts, the geometric forms on the bookmark are inspired by Al Sadu Bedouin tribal rug weaving patterns. These shapes create a play of light and shadow much like mashrabiyas, the latticework typical of Arabic architecture that is often seen in windows. See the entire story at UnderConsideration.
39. TARDIS Inspired Bookmark
For fans of Doctor Who, this TARDIS inspired bookmark from VectorEngraving is a must-have page keeper for any time-travelling adventurer.
40. Save-The-Date Bookmarks
For couples who want to create wedding keepsakes from the very first engagement announcement, look no further than save-the-date bookmarks. These bookmarks come complete with a raffia tie to finish out the natural look. But this kind of bookmark doesn’t only have to be for weddings. You could also create them for milestone birthday or anniversary celebrations as a take-home gift for guests. You could even design bookmarks to use as birth announcements when a child is born and include the baby’s name, birth date, location, weight and length.
41. Painted Wood Bookmarks
While the natural color of wood is nice, these bookmarks from Etsy seller LasercraftWorkshop have a welcome pop of color. And we love the engraved “I Fell Asleep Here” text combined with the laser cut nighttime stars as a companion to any bedtime story.
42. Engraved Leather Bookmark
This engraved leather bookmark from Etsy seller ThePinkMonkeyCompany has a classic oval shape and a medieval tudor rose inspired pattern. It’s offered in two sizes and eight colors: Black, blue, chestnut brown, chocolate, conker brown, dark bottle green, plum and red. Pair it with a leather-bound classic for the perfect gift.
43. Promotional Leather Bookmark
When Monotype, the brand behind more than 20,000 typefaces, introduced Quire Sans, it needed some special swag to get the buzz going at an upcoming tradeshow. Since “quire” is a classical term for a signature of printed leaves, folded and ready for binding with other signatures into a book or manuscript, a bookmark was a natural fit. Read the entire story here.
Ready to embark on your bookmark making journey? It will be a trip! With all the bookmark designs available, where do you begin? A good brainstorming session is a great place to start along with this guide to making bookmarks that will help put your creativity and personal touch into these popular laser cutter projects.
Laser Cut Signs
What’s your sign? No, we’re not talking about the stellar arrangements when you were born. Rather, how do you communicate information to customers, friends or family using words or art?
Whether welcoming invitations, stark warnings of impending danger or shining neon beacons of comfort and relaxation, signs guide our world. There are many ways to attract eyeballs from a distance, and here’s a selection of laser cutter projects that we found particularly eye-catching in both wood and acrylic.
44. Negative Space Office Sign
Established by graphic designers Andrew and Marija Van Rensburg, Tigermouse Design specializes in various bespoke wooden handcrafted pieces ranging from lettering to furniture. In this office sign, they play with negative space to create a unique effect.
45. Reclaimed Wood Sign
By combining laser cut wooden lettering with reclaimed wood backing and frame, you can create that warm, rustic vibe. This Harper Grayce sign was designed as a wedding gift for a newly married couple. But you can use this same idea with baby names, favorite quotes or Bible verses.
46. Decorative Garland Sign
In Portuguese, Bem Vindo means “welcome.” The laser cut floral design and peaceful dove on this welcome wreath will immediately make guests feel at home.
47. Wooden Sidewalk Sign
The laser cut logo for Sakura, a Japanese-based support center for people with intellectual, physical and mental disabilities, encompasses some of the services the facility offers—from gardening to sewing and textile making. Attaching the logo to a free-standing, sandwich-board base allows the sign to easily be moved for changing signage needs. And the warm walnut stain on the base creates a nice contrast with the logo as well as an overall inviting aesthetic.
48. Natural Office Sign
Award-winning industrial designer Joan Lao’s artistic concepts stem from nature and the constant pursuit of the beauty in simplicity without artificial elements. This office signage design reflects his vision where each of the design’s elements comprise the ideal organic space, creating atmospheres where everything is integrated.
49. Creative Bathroom Signs
While bathroom signs must be clear to avoid any embarrassing encounters, why not have a little fun with them. Designed for a restaurant or bar, these bathroom signs from Etsy shop grayskunk use negative space—and some cleverly placed beverage vessels—to designate the men’s room from the ladies’ room.
50. Hotel Directional Room Sign
This directional room sign for the Crete, Greece-based Galaxy Hotel captures the hotel’s essence of where traditional meets contemporary and where sophistication greets functionality. The clear acrylic is edge lit, which allows the light to diffuse over the surface and catch on the engraved sections, making the numbers appear bright.
51. Wood Framed Edge Lit Sign
Here’s another example of an edge lit sign, but this one has a wooden frame along the top and bottom edge to further focus the light to the engraved words for high visibility.
52. Acrylic Restroom Sign
This restroom sign combines a bamboo base with a clear acrylic face that is mounted on brushed silver “standoffs” containing LED lights for illumination.
53. Round Illuminated Sign
Masahiro Minami, assistant professor of the University of Shiga Prefecture Department of Living Design, designed these simple yet effective restroom signs. Not only is the round shape eye catching, but mounting them perpendicular to the wall and adding built in LED lighting also makes them very visible in the new school building in which they’re installed.
54. Coffee Shop Sign
This laser cut exterior signage, designed by Jack Candlish for a Wellington, New Zealand coffee shop, was installed on macrocarpa slats. The result is an appealing contrast between the crisp black lettering and the warmth of the wooden background.
55. Black Acrylic Custom Shape Sign
There are so many good things happening graphically with this black acrylic wall sign. First, the use of negative space for the lettering is interesting. The typography has an ease and flow to it, and the lower case letters give it a casualness while still having strength. Finally, the overall dripping shape demonstrates originality and brings this sign to life.
If any of these signs spoke to you and you’re ready to make some of your own laser cutter projects, check out this how-to guide for making signs that includes all you need to know about the tools and materials necessary for building and making signs for the most common occasions.
50 Laser Cutter Projects By Material
Are you a maker that loves working with a certain material? We’ve organized these 50 laser cut ideas based on 10 of the most popular materials: Clear acrylic, amber bamboo (2.7mm), birch plywood, birch veneer, black acrylic, matte black acrylic, amber bamboo (6.7mm), corrugated cardboard, white acrylic and MDF. Take a look:
1. Clear Acrylic – 3.0 mm
Top Quality: Engraves Beautifully
Why is clear acrylic a top choice of makers? Because of how well it reacts to laser cutting. The surface of this thermoplastic engraves with a nice frosty finish that catches light wonderfully, and the edges melt smoothly rather than burning like wooden materials.
It’s also a staple material choice because of its versatility. You can make anything from jewelry, tableware and electronics enclosures to conference badges, signage, book covers, point of sale displays—and these laser cut ideas are just the tip of the iceberg of potential uses. And since you can heat acrylic to give it a bend, you can give your laser cutter projects a boost by taking it beyond the constraints of two dimensions.
Finally, acrylic is budget friendly, making it an economical alternative to glass. Clear acrylic is also less expensive than other acrylic colors, which only helps sweeten the appeal.
So what kind of laser cutter projects can you make from this super popular material? Check these out:
SturlesiDesign Shop uses laser cut clear acrylic modules when creating the iLLuminite collection.
Esty shop lesfollesmarquises showcases laser engraving on clear acrylic with Japanese doll pendants.
For any ornithologists in the house, this Clear Hanging Bird Feeder from Esty shop Artbirdfeeder combines utility with style.
For a taste of tech inspiration, head over to C4Lab’s Etsy shop to see why this Raspberry Pi case is so sweet.
Who says clear acrylic can’t have an air of haute couture? Fashion designer Joanna Vanderpuije has layered laser cut geometric shapes to give this skirt texture like no fabric can.
2. Amber Bamboo – 2.7 mm
Top Quality: Natural Honey Tone
There’s so much to love about bamboo. It is a sustainable and eco-friendly material because of its fast growth. Once formed into sheets, it is plywood, which makes it strong and durable. It can be laser cut to a fine detail and engraves beautifully. And because of its thinness, it is quick—and thus more economical—to laser cut.
Bamboo is also super versatile. Makers use it for jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.
Bamboo’s prominent grain and warm hues make it stand out from a myriad of other plywoods and timber laminates. And the warm color of the amber stain makes it ideal for projects with a nature theme. Artist, designer and Ponoko maker Bridget Kearney has created an entire line of earrings, brooches and pendants made exclusively from bamboo. See her work, which is inspired by travels through the countryside collecting flora and fauna, at Caravan Creative.
For inspiration, don’t miss these five laser cutter projects made using this bamboo:
Feeling crafty? Check out these geometric wooden cabochons from Etsy seller CraftyCutsLaser.
You’ll never drink tea alone with The Tea Buddy™ from Esty Seller TheOtherLabs.
Etsy seller LHDUCK hand paints sections of these laser cut bamboo earrings to add a pop of color against the natural wood tones.
Plant lovers will turn green from envy upon seeing Etsy shop MGreenhalghDesigns terrarium and scallop necklaces.
Etsy Seller GeekModish makes trendy things for geeky people. Embrace #nerdpride with the math and periodic table coaster sets.
3. Birch Plywood – 3.2 mm
Top Quality: Budget Friendly
Birch plywood is made from laminations of birch veneer. It is lightweight but strong, among the strongest and most dimensionally stable plywoods. It has a great price point and is commonly used for making laser cut scale models, jewelry, model boats, model airplanes, product housings, drones, clocks, prototypes and signage.
You’ll want to start making with birch after you see these five laser cutter projects:
Etsy seller OrigamiZoo has taken the inspiration from the geometric shapes of origami to create a line of playful products, such as these laser engraved birch necklaces.
By using laser cut birch as the foundation, Etsy shop JSLaserCraft creates eye catching wedding save-the-date invitation tags and magnets that leave a lasting impression as a charming memento for guests.
An unexpected addition to any wardrobe, this laser cut birch wood necktie from Etsy seller CreativeUseofTech is an attractive accessory for today’s modern man.
This trio of laser cut birch hanging lamps, also from Etsy seller CreativeUseofTech, cast the perfect glow and create an ambiance of warmth in any space.
The “Hairwolf,” from Etsy shop miniFab, will tame the most epic of beards with its wide, long teeth laser cut from beautiful birch.
4. Birch Veneer – 5.2 mm
Top Quality: Thicker Yet Economical
When you need thicker wood for your laser cutting projects, birch veneer is the top choice. Like it’s thinner companion, this birch is commonly used for making product housings, drones, clocks, prototyping, furniture and signage. Because birch is a natural product, keep in mind that there may be an occasional knot on the surface. It’s part of the beauty of wood, but this characteristic can potentially impact the design.
So if you’ve been wanting to try out birch veneer for your laser cutter projects, check out these five design ideas to see what’s possible:
The six-pack beer case from Etsy seller nygaarddesign makes a great laser cut gift for beer connoisseurs.
With the laser cut Star Wars Millennium Falcon inspired wall clock from Etsy shop HamsterCheeksStore, the force will be with you.
Who would want to see chess legends Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov square off in an epic match with this laser cut birch chess set designed by Matthew Livaudais? We would!
Shout out from Etsy shop TwikiConcept to all the ’90s kids with this nostalgic laser cut birch key holder that features three coins from your favorite old school games.
A must-have for any harmonica player, this laser cut birch storage case box from Etsy seller BrassandBirch keeps the instruments organized by key.
5. Black Acrylic – 3.0 mm
Top Quality: Classic Black
Black acrylic is a classic favorite. Why? Because engraving looks soooo good on this material. The frosty white engraving contrasts beautifully with black. Jewelry is one of the top laser cut products from black acrylic, but it also looks smashing for anything that requires a sophisticated, sleek palette—tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers, point of sale displays, etc. And if your design includes interlocking pieces, check out this tutorial that covers how-to make it happen.
What laser cutter projects could you make using black acrylic? Here are five great design ideas:
Etsy seller CABfayre used black laser cut acrylic to create pendant featuring two little love birds kissing in the center of a heart filled scallop-edged oval.
As if cake wasn’t delicious enough on its own, Etsy shop LoveGarlands’ laser cut black acrylic cake topper really makes us want to celebrate.
It’s ok to leave your cape at home as long as you’re carrying the laser cut black acrylic Batman or Superman silhouette keychain from Etsy seller SolPixieDust.
Laser cut black acrylic honeycomb earring from Etsy shop liseLOVE add a modern, geometric statement to any outfit.
Make a lasting impression with laser cut black acrylic business cards from RockDesign.
6. Matte Black Acrylic – 3.0 mm
Top Quality: Sophisticated Texture
Matte black acrylic is a close second to traditional black acrylic and is used when you want a silky satin finish that doesn’t reflect everything. Engraving contrasts well on matte black acrylic too, making it perfect for jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.
Get your creativity flowing with these five matte black acrylic laser cutter projects:
Etsy shop SkullAndHawk uses laser cut black matte acrylic to create lapel pins/tie tacks and cufflinks.
If you’re looking to make a statement, this geometric statement necklace made from laser cut black matte acrylic from Etsy seller PrettyUrbanCo should do the trick.
Laser cut black matte acrylic makes great signage. This one from Etsy seller HopStudio will have you shouting YAY!”
A subtle way to raise a smile, the laser cut Smile necklace from Etsy’s RoseThomasShop is a contemporary and fun piece made from matte black acrylic.
If you want to power up your fashion game, check out these laser cut black matte acrylic Pac-Man earrings from Etsy seller muchoshop.
7. Amber Bamboo – 6.7 mm
Top Quality: Sustainability
When you need a thicker bamboo for those bigger laser cutter projects—such as this award-winning modern birdhouse—look no further than the three-ply 6.7mm bamboo. As a plywood, it’s nice and strong. Since bamboo is 100% renewable, it’s an ideal choice for the eco-friendly crowd.
The amber color is a golden brown with a fine grain. The bamboo joints are visible on the surface, breaking up the grain to create a unique appearance. And like the thinner bamboo materials, you can also make jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays from this thickness as well.
These five design ideas will surely inspire you:
Laser cut bamboo signs make a statement. This modern and motivational art piece from Etsy shop Cabin will inspire you to have a beautiful day.
Check out this custom coat hanger from bridenew.
Etsy seller ElectricElmDesign makes wedding cake toppers from laser cut bamboo to celebrate happily ever after.
Telling time has never been so much fun as with these laser cut bamboo clocks from Etsy shop HOMELOO.
8. Corrugated Cardboard – 4.0 mm
Top Quality: Ideal For Prototyping
Cardboard is a great choice when creating prototypes of designs, as it is inexpensive and cuts quickly. Creating structures from corrugated cardboard can be a great way to test out complex designs because slotting, stacking and folding shapes all work well to create 3D forms.
But don’t think that cardboard is limited to prototyping. With the right inspiration, it is sophisticated enough to stand on its own. See these 20 designs and you’ll know why.
While cardboard has a lot of great applications for laser cutter projects, keep in mind that it isn’t great for super intricate designs. And you’ll want to keep it away from heat sources unless the cardboard is treated with an environmentally friendly fire retardant because it catches fire easily!
Check out these five products made from card:
Inspired by the sculptural and infinite layers of the American Grand Canyon, architect Giancarlo Zema merged high design with recycled cardboard to create an innovative collection called Canyon for Origami Furniture.
Graypants’ flagship Scraplight series of laser cut cardboard pendant lights provides warm, intimate and functional lighting for any occasion or type of space.
Aidan Chopra created the most epic Halloween costume for his son using laser cut cardboard.
Named “Not A Box,” this lamp by David Graas uses it’s own laser cut cardboard packaging as the lampshade.
He also designed this innovative “FIY” (Finish It Yourself) children’s chair, which he describes as “one step beyond Do It Yourself” since it incorporates the cardboard packaging with the laser cut chair pieces.
9. White Acrylic – 3.0 mm
Top Quality: Great For Detail
With black acrylic making the list (twice!), you shouldn’t be surprised to see white acrylic make the list too because it such a classic, neutral color. Acrylic cuts precisely, so you can create beautifully intricate designs with this material. This is probably why so much jewelry is made from acrylic. But it’s also suitable for tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.
See how great white acrylic looks with these five laser cutter projects:
Etsy seller BenditaIndomina found inspiration for this laser cut white acrylic necklace from dragonfly wings.
These laser cut white (and black!) acrylic bunny rings are a part of Etsy shop NocturneDesignsCut’s “cute animals” series.
Etsy seller decoylab adds laser cut white acrylic atop bamboo bases to create one-of-a-kind clocks.
Artist Sandra Fettingis uses laser cut white acrylic to create geometric wall hangings.
White laser cut acrylic placemats from Etsy shop ByCharlie add sophistication and elegance to any table setting with diverse patterns inspired by old fashioned paper doilies to fish scales.
10. MDF – 6.0 mm
Top Quality: Easy To Glue & Paint For 3D Designs
Another budget-friendly material, MDF has a warm golden tone and a smooth texture that makes it easy to glue and paint with pretty much anything. It’s great for creating complex 3D forms, so it lends itself well to making models, drones, clocks, prototypes, furniture and signage. Check out this previous post for even more laser cutter projects.
See what you can make with these five MDF design ideas:
Inspired by historical industry lighting, the No.19 industrial lamp from Etsy shop HetLichtlab is designed to be assembled without screws or glue—using as minimal resources as possible.
Flat pack animal heads from Etsy seller TheCraftyCowLtd keep animals safe by being made from laser cut MDF.
Etsy shop CedarStreetDesign pushes the limits of what laser cutting can do with its intricate mesmerizing patterns on this surprisingly sturdy MDF box.
The laser cut curved lines and organic shape of the Pendant Antler by Etsy seller Lampshapers create a natural, yet modern, aesthetic.
The beautifully stylized scale models from Etsy shop ScaledDimensions embraces Filipino ingenuity while creating a one-of-a-kind, modern sculpture that it is the perfect laser cut gift for art lovers and miniature enthusiasts.
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