Fall is here in the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s time to find ways to get crafty and flex your creative muscles. One way you can do this is with a laser cutter or laser engraver. With such equipment, you can cut or engrave plastic, glass, wood, thin sheets of metal, and much more, making the possibilities of what you can do with these machines endless.
This fall, be sure to get a little creative so you can enhance these common fall activities:
Pumpkin carving. Put a twist on this fall staple by carving your pumpkins with a laser engraver. The opportunities are infinite, so get creative and blow away your trick-or-treaters. Some ideas of designs you can carve include:
- Phrases like “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat”
Halloween costumes. You’re sure to win the office costume contest if you make your own Halloween costume this year! Use your laser system to make anything from an intricate mask to printed leggings. The options are endless!
Make your own coasters. You could use a laser cutter to make your own coasters this season. Laser cutters work on wood, glass, tile, and some metals, so the possibilities are endless! Try engraving leaves, a pumpkin, or a fall phrase on your coasters. Gift your creations to friends or keep them for yourself.
DIY fall decorations. Ready to get in the fall spirit? Spruce up your home or apartment with decorations made with a laser cutter. Create customized door hangers, wooden signs, or centerpieces. Check out this Etsy shop for inspiration.
Jewelry. Laser systems can cut or engrave thin sheets of metal, making them the perfect tool to craft your own jewelry. With the metal of your choice, make leaf-shaped earrings and necklaces or a bat-shaped ring. Keep your creations for yourself or give them as a gift!
Wedding necessities. Planning a fall wedding? With a laser cutter, the opportunities for your wedding are endless. Check out these ideas!
- Invite people to your special day via laser cut invitations or save the dates
- Make personalized decorations like table numbers, signs, and name cards
- Give your guests something to really remember your wedding by gifting them with a laser-cut wine glass, koozie, or pair of sunglasses. Personalize any of these party favors with the happy couple’s names or anniversary
Napkin rings. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year or simply plan on having people over for dinner this season, laser-cut napkin rings will seriously impress your guests. With a laser cutter and some pieces of quarter-inch-thick wood, you can make anything from pumpkins to turkeys. Browse Etsy for some inspiration.
Rolling pins. Step up your fall baking with a fall-patterned rolling pin. Simply take a wooden rolling pin and laser cut a festive fall pattern onto it. Before baking, roll out your cookie dough with your new rolling pin and everyone will be asking how you made such delicious and intricate cookies! Check out Valek for some great ideas!
Cards. This season, send your friends or family a Halloween greeting card that you made just for them. Use your laser cutter and some colored cardstock to make some festive, spooky cards.
Ornaments. With all the fun associated with fall distracting you, Christmas can sneak up fast! Save yourself time Christmas shopping by laser cutting ornaments for gifts this year. Friends and family will love the thoughtful gift that they can hang on their tree for years to come. Some ideas for designs include:
- Christmas trees
- Candy canes
As you start your Halloween festivities, we hope you find some inspiration from our list so you can make the season extra special!
LISA LENERON is with TYKMA Electrox/LaserGear, Chillicothe, OH; lasergear.com.