Today I am sharing these DIY laser cut wooden bookmarks made with plywood, vinyl, and a ribbon. These can be made into paintable bookmarks to sell or be used as stocking stuffer ideas for readers.
The set of Christmas Bookmark SVG designs features three styles to choose from for laser cutting and engraving or cutting machines. You can decide to score, engrave, or even layer these fun holiday bookmarks.
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How to Make Wood Bookmarks with a Laser
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been playing around with my xTool M1 laser and blade cutting machine. Each week, I challenge myself to create a few projects with it and today, I turned my sights to the holiday season.
When hosting Christmas dinner, I like to have a few activities to keep the little ones entertained. And because the smallest ones are now reading (I feel so old), I thought a fun holiday bookmark craft would be just the thing to add to our activities.
If you want to make this but can’t get started right now, save this beginner laser cutting project to a DIY Laser Crafts Ideas pin board or share it to Facebook. Either way will make this easy to find when you’re ready to begin making your own wooden bookmarks for Christmas.
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Tips for Making Laser Cut Wood Bookmarks
- Use a thin wood. I chose to use 1/8th in because I felt 1/16th was too pliable, especially to make them perfect for kids.
- Practice all of the features: scoring with the laser, laser engraving, and then cutting wood. This is a great beginner laser project because you can use all of the features of the xTool M1 laser and blade cutting machine – yes, BOTH functions!
- A good sized bookmark is 2 inches wide by 6 inches high (maximum). That said, these can be made to your specifications (unlock the designs first).
- Add a tassel or ribbon in the hole provided or unite over the hole to remove it. Both styles work for gifts or when selling.
- Leave off dates (unless doing custom work) so you aren’t stuck with unsold, non-usable inventory if you’re selling your items at craft fairs, markets, or online.
DIY Laser Cut Wood Bookmark Video Tutorial
If you’re a visual learner, I have put together a wooden bookmark laser project video tutorial. Be sure to subscribe while you’re there – we have a good time with the channel.
How to Make Bookmarks to Paint or Color
One of the best questions I’ve had on the laser crafts prompted this entire xTool M1 project idea! The question was how to create items to sell made with a laser for kids to paint or color. If you have a Cricut or a laser with a score function, you can easily make these.
Changes to This Tutorial
- Set all details to score.
- Indicate the outside bookmark shape and inner tassel circle to cut.
- Increase the power slightly to darken / deepen the lines.
- Use air assist and a honeycomb base to avoid charring / flareups on front and back.
- Sand the bookmarks lightly to reduce any rough edges or flareups.
- Use a matte sealant on the wood to avoid bleeding. Paint pens and markers will spread if this step is skipped.
- If selling, purchase empty paint pots with paintbrushes like these and cellophane bags to tie them up with ribbon into a product.
More Laser Project Ideas You Might Like
- Beginner Door Sign and Free Flamingo SVG – Make a laser cut door sign using inexpensive supplies while you’re learning your laser.
- How to Make Wood Wine Charms – Use these as a beginner laser project idea to get familiar with the engrave and cut features of your laser.
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