Today I’m sharing a HUGE list of Christmas laser crafts to make and sell this holiday season. Browse through the list of ideas with examples or print off the free laser projects for Christmas list to tack on the wall.
I’ll also include some laser business tips and tricks for creating a profitable endeavor. Choosing the right products is a part of the profit equation, so let’s get started.
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Laser Crafts to Sell in a Small Business
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I freely admit that I’m no laser expert. With two business degrees and multiple successful companies under my belt, however, I will say I know a thing or two about growing a business to profitability.
Today, I’m going to share a laser crafts to make and sell. Whether you’re looking to pay off a new laser purchase or just expand your current offerings, you’ll find something on this list to spur an idea.
In fact, if you get something out of this, can you please share it to Facebook? If that’s not your thing, save this to a laser DIY pin board or send it to a friend. I really appreciate it because it helps this business to grow.
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General Business Laser Tips
As mentioned, I’m not an expert in lasers but you know who are experts? Laser manufacturers. Some really want to help us succeed, so I thought I’d share a resource I check in with, the xTool Small Business Guide.
It contains a buying and comparison guide if you’re new to lasers, which is very helpful. The resource also has examples of laser businesses and their products – I find looking at others’ products always gets me in the mood to create my own.
And now, to the tips on creating a successful laser business…
First, you will always have something on the laser. Whether you’re running one or many, don’t let the laser sit idle if you can help it. Why?
Planning Equals Profit
Plan your day, prepare the materials at least a day in advance, and be sure you have any peripherals on hand. Some examples of great planning:
- a second honeycomb panel to load materials for a quick swap
- stacks of painted or masked wood for bulk or custom work
- pre-cutting ribbon (or get these cool hangers) for ornaments
Batch Tasking Avoids Switching Costs
Second, batch tasking is essential to optimizing the time you’re actually having to do hands on work. Whether that is designing, inputting settings or loading materials, or painting, always work on the same task as much as possible.
A few examples of batch tasking in laser work:
- designing multiple pieces for a single material
- painting many pieces of wood at a time
- adding ribbons or ornament hangers while other tasks are in play
Customized Product Preparation (or Etsy Personalization Gifts)
If you offer customization, such as toys, ornaments, keepsakes, and glassware, consider items you can prepare a portion of in advance. Whether for in-person events, your own website, or personalized gifts on Etsy, take this into consideration so you can turn orders quickly.
A couple of ways to prepare customized products in advance:
- create customization to be in only one area of a design (use a jig to add customized content, if needed)
- make layered ornaments and add customization on the top layer only
Laser Cut Wood Ornament to Make and Sell
When learning a laser, wood is one of the best materials to focus on because it’s both inexpensive and versatile. And ornaments are a PERFECT place to start.
I’ve been making a ton of ornaments since getting my lasers (I have both the xTool M1 10 watt and the xTool S1 40 watt). Here are a few ideas for some easy ornaments.
Letter to Santa Wood Ornament
I’m always looking to create quick projects which don’t take much manual work and limit engraving (because it takes the most time). This layered letter to Santa ornament SVG is a great addition to your collection and the only manual effort is gluing and adding a ribbon.
Layered Ornaments (I Call Them 3 Minute Ornaments)
Non-customized ornaments are perfect offerings for booths or online shops. The easiest ones I’ve ever made required next to no work from me once I learned the “laser tricks” about prep and assembly.
Project Block Builds: Layered Gnome Ornaments
I wanted to test an items’ popularity but didn’t want to do a lot of work and this project was born. The process is easy and it limits any bottlenecks by creating the entire thing at once on single piece of material for these laser cut layered gnome ornaments.
NOTE: scored ornaments like this also make great “Paint Kits” to package and sell! You can get small paint pots and tiny paintbrushes like these and place all of it in a cello bag.
Farmhouse Themed Ornaments
Occupations, events or milestones, and interests all make for great products to have on hand. Inspired by Rae Dunn’s simple, clean style, Diana from The Girl Creative walks you through how to make these DIY farmhouse ornaments with the xTool M1.
Other Wood Crafts to Laser Cut, Engrave, or Score
You aren’t limited to ornaments through the holiday season. Here are a few examples of products to cut, engrave, or score from wood.
DIY Engraved Cutting Board
Let Crissy with First Day of Home walk you through the steps on how to laser engrave a cutting board. Hers is so gorgeous!
Drink Glass Tags and Wine Charms
If you want to use up scraps, make laser cut and engraved wine charms with this easy tutorial. I cannot tell you how much everyone LOVED these!
Christmas Light Box
Cara with The Inspired Workshop created this beautiful DIY Christmas light box using her xTool M1 to cut the gorgeous tree shape. I’d love to soak up the ambiance of this lighting up the space.
Stocking Tags (Personalized or Generic)
I love the trend of wooden stocking tags and as soon as we hung ours on the mantle for the holiday season, I made our family a set of laser cut wood stocking tags with the xTool S1 40W laser. It only took a few minutes inside of the XCS software to create the tag, add the names, and cut everything out.
More Wood Craft Ideas to Make with a Laser
Door Signs and Room Signs (Personalized or Generic)
These are a bit bigger projects, so they might take a bit longer and will require more material than wood or acrylic, but can be quite profitable.
Whether you’re personalizing gifts to sell Etsy, taking orders in person, or creating custom listings on Facebook marketplace, be sure to cover your bases and get a deposit or full payment in advance.
Themed Door Signs or Wall Hangings
Using popular themes to boost your sales (while avoiding copyright and trademarked property) is easy. Watch the Facebook groups and local shops to see what sells, as well as search generic terms on Etsy to see what’s popular and always focus on hobbies or interests to start.
For example, this Christmas beer sign has been HUGELY popular. You can score or engrave (with or without paint) the design onto a wood round.
This highland cow door hanger sign DIY gets so much love and takes next to no time at all. I cut it with the xTool M1 10W, but any diode or CO2 laser will work!
Layered Nursery Signs
You can follow Holly’s laser cut wood sign tutorial at Simplify, Create, Inspire to use Canva to create a design that is perfect for beginners. Note: when selling, please take caution using copyright or trademark protected items.
Scored and Engraved Laser Projects to Make and Sell
There are so many amazing ways to get creative with engraving. From painted canvases to slate coasters, let’s look at a few of the best selling items to make or customize with the laser.
DIY Wood Engraved Ornaments
There are engraving projects that will blow your mind when you pair them with some prompts into an AI art generator like Adobe Firefly or XCS’s xArt AI builder. I created all of these detailed snowman ornaments with the xTool S1 when dialing in my settings.
Note: engraving projects take more time on the laser but are nearly done right out of it. You can paint or stain before engraving or leave it natural. Seal with a spray to lock in the char / soot to avoid smudges and add a ribbon.
The sisters over at Sustain My Craft Habit created a beautiful DIY slate coaster with a laser, an xTool M1. They’ll walk you step by step through this tutorial so you can create your own.
Pre-Made Chipboard Shapes or Customized Chipboard DIYs
Don’t pass up the chipboard shape aisle in the craft store! I shared this engraved chipboard house on social media and had SO MANY home sellers and builders ask me if I offered customized houses they could give to their home buyers.
Holiday Bookmarks (Quick and Easy)
Whether you score, engrave, or combine them with vinyl, bookmarks are a pretty good item to have on a stand or as an upsell at checkout. This laser cut Christmas bookmark tutorial walks you through how to make them (and you can use the SVG).
Block Printing, Rubber Stamps, or Craft Kits
If you’ve ever wanted to create customized t-shirt kits, follow this fun tutorial from Cara for DIY block print t-shirts. You can use standard shapes, create custom designs, or purchase designs to cover a huge range of interests.
Scrap Buster Project Ideas: Needle Minders
Ruth, with Craft with Cartwright, walks you through making laser cut needle minders. This is a wonderful scrap buster project that you can paint or leave natural.
Acrylic Projects to Make and Sell for Christmas
Depending on your laser type and power, acrylic projects are wonderful to offer this time of year. Admittedly, I haven’t done many here on Ruffles and Rain Boots yet, but inspiration is out there.
Customized Acrylic Name Keychains
I wanted to test a few new acrylic colors (so my cut on the white core is a bit chunky), but designing was a breeze. Choose a font for a name, create a offset for the name, and add a hole. Use 3M adhesive on the name cutout to adhere to the offset, add on a keychain ring, and you’re done.
If you have a penchant for mixed textiles, this wood and acrylic ornament is so elegant. It would even work for diode lasers if you bought the All is Calm laser cut file and premade acrylic ornaments.
Acrylic Cake Topper
This is another idea I LOVE and there are so many wonderful two color engrave acrylics. This Merry Christmas cake topper SVG is a done for you design!
Free Printable: Laser Crafts for Christmas
If you’re a visual person and want to have something for quick reference, be sure to download this free laser crafts for Christmas printable list. No sign up is required, just click on the link and download the PDF, print, and put up on the wall.
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