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Glowforge and Cricut gift ideas for weddings, birthdays, housewarming gifts and more

Wireless charger

Supplies:

  1. wood wireless charger
  2. Glowforge
  3. optional: tape to protect your wood from burn marks

I engraved a personalized design into these wood chargers with my Glowforge. I selected a veneer material and SD graphic for engraving. My speed was 1,000 and my power was 71. You will just need to measure the thickness of your charger. Since I had a dark stain wood, I did not tape my charger. If you use a natural wood color or a lighter stain, then you may want to tape your charger depending if you like the burnt wood look or not.

I was very impressed with how these turned out. They look like very expensive gifts, and I love making them personalized. If you do not have a way to engrave on them, then you could probably add a nice color of permanent vinyl like gold to personalize your charger. We are giving these personalized phone chargers to our groomsmen.

Wine tumbler

Supplies:

  1. Wine tumbler
  2. permanent vinyl
  3. Cricut machine all models or similar cutting machine
  4. weeding tool
  5. transfer tape

For these you just need permanent vinyl. You do not need to seal them. I created my own designs in Inkscape, then uploaded them to Cricut Design Space and cut them out of permanent vinyl. I made my design very small and detailed. A simpler design would be easier. You can find similar designs to the one I made on Etsy.

Once you cut out your design in your permanent vinyl, you need to weed out all the areas you do not want. Then use transfer tape to transfer your design onto your tumbler. Make sure the tumbler is clean before applying your vinyl. I also placed two objects on either side of my tumbler to help hold it in place as I applied my vinyl. I recommend waiting 24 hours before washing your tumbler to give the vinyl time to adhere to the tumbler. No sealer is needed.

If you are interested in the jewelry box with the letter on it, then click here to learn how to make your own. If you are interested in the resin letter, then click here to learn how to make your own. They are all great gifts either by themselves or all together. This is the box I gave to my bridesmaids.

Cutting board mini and large

Supplies:

  1. Cutting board. The cutting boards I purchased are no longer available, but here is another option.
  2. Glowforge
  3. optional: tape to protect your wood from burn marks
  4. My designs can be purchased from my shop.

Personalized cutting boards make great wedding gifts for the new couple. It is fun to see your new family name on things. I also made small cutting boards that are great little gifts that are fun and practical. You can make them personal or just add a nice design or maybe a funny design. I have a few of my design available in my shop. These designs can be used in Cricut, Glowforge, and other similar programs.

I engraved my designs into my cutting board with my Glowforge. I love the extra depth it gives the design. I also thought about adding a colored resin inside the engraved areas to really make it stand out and give it a different look. You would need to sand and polish your cutting board if you add resin to the engraved areas. This may be something I try in the future. You could do this for any wood pieces you engrave, wireless chargers, coasters, wall décor, and more.

For my larger bamboo cutting boards I removed the bed of my Glowforge. These cutting boards where too thick to fit inside my Glowforge without removing the bed. However, since I removed the bed, I needed to add some height to my cutting board so the laser could reach it. I have some old textbooks that added the perfect height. I then set my cutting board on top of the textbook and measured my distance and thickness.

The thickness of my cutting board was 0.26 inches. For the engraving I used 1,000 power, and 90 for my speed. I also did a score line, which I set to 300 power, and 40 as my speed.

My mini cutting boards are also bamboo. They are not as thick as the larger bamboo cutting boards, and thus do not need to have the bed of the Glowforge removed to fit inside. I measured the thickness of these cutting boards, and used the same settings (power and speed) as I did for the larger bamboo cutting boards.

Alternative method

Supplies:

  1. Cutting board
  2. Cricut machine or similar cutting machine
  3. Permanent vinyl
  4. weeding tool
  5. transfer tape

If you do not have a way to engrave into your cutting boards, then you could also cut these designs out of permanent vinyl and lay the vinyl on your cutting board. This will still make for a nice personal gift. They are also great for housewarming gift.

Alternative method

Supplies:

  1. wood burning tool or heat gun” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>high temperature heat gun
  2. Optional: vinyl or stencil to follow
  3. Cutting board

You could also create a stencil and use either a scorch pen along with a high temperature heat gun or a wood burning tool to create this wood burned look I achieved with the Glowforge. I tried the scorch pen once, but did not have a lot of luck with it, because I did not have a high temperature heat gun. I plan to retry one day with a high temperature heat gun. I have seen it work well for others.

Many people like to display these cutting boards in their homes. If someone would like to actually use the cutting board, then I recommend placing some saran wrap over the cutting board first before placing any food on top of it. The cutting boards and engraving are all food safe, but this will make the clean up easier. It will also prevent food from getting into the grooves of the engraved areas.

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