The Glowforge is a great tool for crafters of all levels of experience. But if you’re looking for some new ideas on how to use your Glowforge, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll share 14 creative things you can do with your Glowforge. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, we hope you’ll find something here that inspires you.
When I first got my Glowforge machine, I was completely overwhelmed by the endless possibilities of what I could make. The Glowforge can do so many projects, so you can see how my imagination was running wild as we anxiously awaited its arrival!
I got so excited about using the machine that I kind of froze when it finally arrived. What would I make first? What if it didn’t turn out? There were a million things running through my mind, but I realized I just needed to do SOMETHING. Anything!
Once I finally got started, the ideas started flowing and I haven’t stopped since. There are so many options for Glowforge projects and so many different materials you can use!
So, if you’re feeling a little lost or overwhelmed by all the different projects, here are some creative things you can do with your Glowforge laser cutter machine:
Pro Tip: If you aren’t feeling super confident in your design ability yet, there are TONS of templates available on Etsy and in Facebook groups!
- Make your own custom jewelry
- Engrave a special message on a gift for a friend
- Make custom coasters for your home
- Create a custom sign for your home
- Create a one-of-a-kind work of art
- Carve a detailed design into wood or leather
- Personalize an everyday object like a water bottle or tumbler
- Make a unique card for a special occasion
- Make a wedding gift that will be cherished forever
- Design and print your own stickers
- Create a custom notebook or journal
- Design and make your own holiday decor
- Create a custom plaque
- Make a Baby Shower Gift
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Make your own custom jewelry
If you’re looking for a unique piece of jewelry, look no further than your Glowforge! You can design and print your own custom pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more. Just grab some cute designs from the Internet, or create your own using the Glowforge software. The options are endless!
Engrave a special message on a gift for a friend
Want to add a personal touch to a gift for a friend? Engrave their name, initials, or a special message onto the gift using your Glowforge. They’ll love knowing that you took the time to make their gift even more special.
Make custom coasters for your home
Printing your own coasters is not only a fun project, but it’s also practical! You can design and print coasters that match your home decor, or make ones that are festive for the holidays. Personalized coasters also make great gifts for friends and family.
Create a custom sign for your home
Welcome guests to your home with a custom sign that you made yourself! You can design and print a sign using the Glowforge software, or you can find a design online and engrave it onto a piece of wood. Hang your sign up by the front door, or in another spot that you want to decorate.
Create a one-of-a-kind work of art
If you’re feeling creative, why not try your hand at making a work of art? The Glowforge printers can be used to create all sorts of intricate designs and patterns. If you’re not sure where to start, try looking for some inspiration on Pinterest or your favorite crafting blogs. Once you have an idea, you can use the Glowforge software to bring it to life.
Are you ready to take your Glowforge to the next level? Make sure you signup for “Grow with Glowforge: Project Jumpstart Guide“. It’s the ultimate resource for going from feeling overwhelmed by your project creation to confident and making $$$! We even have a couple design tutorials!
Carve a detailed design into wood or leather
The Glowforge can carve detailed designs into wood and leather, which is perfect for making custom home decor or accessories. You can make wallets, coasters, belts, notebooks, and more! There are so many options to choose from. If you want a great gift for a man in your life, customize leather tool holders, wood signs, a name tag, or trinket boxes.
Personalize an everyday object like a water bottle or tumbler
Make your everyday items a little more special by personalizing them with your new Glowforge Basic or Pro. You can engrave your initials, a design, or a motivational message onto just about anything. Water bottles, tumblers, notebooks, Apple Watch bands, and phone cases are all great options.
Keep in mind that with tumblers/water bottles, they do need to be ½” curve and a maximum of 2” high. You can also use a silicone sleeve and engrave that to put over your tumbler. Here is a tutorial you can follow.
Make a unique card for a special occasion
Whether you’re looking for a birthday card, thank you card or just a fun way to say hello, designing your own cards with Glowforge is your best bet. You can make all sorts of different designs, and you can even print them on paper or wood. You can even create your own designs on Adobe illustrator or upload other digital files of your own or from an Etsy shop.
Make a wedding gift that will be cherished forever
If you’re looking for a unique wedding gift, the Glowforge is the perfect option. You can make anything from a custom cutting board to a set of engraved mason jars. The sky’s the limit! Personalization will take your wedding gifts to the next level.
Design and print your own stickers
Stickers are always fun, but they’re even better when you design and print them yourself! With the Glowforge, you can make stickers in any shape or size that you want. They’re perfect for decorating your laptop, Hydro Flask, or car.
Create a custom notebook or journal
With the Glowforge, you can create a custom notebook or journal that is completely unique to you. You can choose the cover material, the color of the pages, and even engrave your name on the front. This is the perfect way to keep all of your thoughts and ideas in one place. You could also make a wooden notebook cover!
Design and make your own holiday decor
Get into the holiday spirit by designing and making your own decor with the Glowforge. You can make jack-o-lanterns, Halloween garlands, Christmas wreaths, ornaments, stockings, frames, and more. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your home during the holidays.
Create a custom plaque
Who doesn’t love an award? With the Glowforge Plus, you can design and make your own custom plaque. They’re perfect for recognizing achievements, and milestones, or just showing someone how much you appreciate them. These are especially fun for your kids when they reach big goals or milestones!
Make a Baby Shower Gift
From custom silicone bibs and a night light to engraved picture frames and tote bags, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating the perfect baby shower gift. And because each item is made specifically for the new arrival, you can be sure that your gift will be truly unique.
You can even use the silhouette studio to create a custom silhouette of the new baby! These are some of my favorite designs to make, and new parents absolutely love them. It’s a simple design that makes a huge impact.
If you’re looking for more Glowforge laser printer ideas, be sure to check out this article about Glowforge project ideas. We have so many ideas and templates linked – from baby showers and colorful crafts to beautiful home projects, you won’t have any trouble coming up with your next project.
As you can see, there are endless possibilities for what you can create with a Glowforge. Whatever your interests or hobbies are, there’s a good chance that you can find a way to use the Glowforge designs to make something unique and special. So what are you waiting for? Start getting creative!
And don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work out the first few times. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use your Glowforge, the better you’ll get at it. And who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent that you never knew you had. You could even start small businesses using your laser printers! People love ordering customized items from online shops.
So there you have it – 14 fun and creative things that you can do with your Glowforge. I hope this gives you some ideas for how to use your Glowforge to make amazing things for yourself, your family, and your friends. What are some other Glowforge project ideas you have? Let us know in the comments!
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Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.