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Whether you are just getting started with laser cutting or are an expert laser printer crafter who’s been doing it for years! You are going to love these Glowforge project ideas and cut files! Ideas to get your creativity started for weddings, Christmas, babies, kids, teachers and so much more!
Hi Crafty Friends!
The Hubs and I recently purchased a Glowforge and we are having so much fun experimenting with it, learning how to use it and cutting and engraving all the things.
My hubby immediately wanted to jump in there, guns a blazing and start designing all of his own cut files to make.
Since the Glowforge uses SVG files to cut, engrave and score, we definitely have the skill set to create our own designs in this house but I’m also having so much fun exploring all of the wonderful Glowforge cut files that have already been created.
Supporting Small Business
My husband and I both love to support small businesses and our favorite platform to do that on is Etsy. I’ve been an Etsy shopper since it hit the internet in 2005. I opened my first shop on Etsy a few years later, and became an Etsy affiliate a few years after that when I started Hello Creative Family.
I love being able to support artists from all around the world.
Buying cut files from Etsy lets me not only support the small business that I’m purchasing from, but it also allows me to be crafty and creative myself when I use that cut file in my own craft room!
As an SVG designer nothing brings me more joy than seeing crafters from all around the world, use my cut files. I like to think that when I buy a cut file from a small business on Etsy that they too do a little happy dance that someone out there is crafting with their cut file.
Glowforge Projects and Cut Files To Get You Started With Your New Machine
Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite Glowforge ideas to get you started using your new machine. Find my ongoing collection of Etsy laser cut files I’d like to make here.
These artists are incredible, and it was so hard to narrow down what to include. Make sure you visit each artist’s shop once you click through to see all the amazing crafty goodness they have available!
I decided to start with some of my favorite categories for GlowForge project ideas but i’ll definitely be making this a series and adding to it.
What File Types Can A Glowforge Machine Use?
Glowforge is compatible with several file formats including JPG, PNG, SVG, and PDF however the laser files that you will have most success with and be able to use for all your Glowforge Laser Cutter functions (aka cut, engrave and score) are SVG files.
For example when you upload PNG files to the Glowforge App you are limited to engraving, where with an SVG File you can cut, engrave and score.
Ready to see some of my favorite laser cut files? These are all projects that can be made using the Glowforge Basic model, Glowforge Plus model or Glowforge Pro model. Read on for all the ideas!
Laser Cut Files For Tools and Jigs For Your Glowforge
Having the right tools for your new laser cutter can definitely help lead to Glowforge success. Honeycomb pins can help hold down lighter materials like leather and cardboard. Trust me, there is nothing worse than having your lighter proofgrade materials move or fly away while your machine is cutting.
Using a jig to hold your pencils, watch bands and other oddly shaped projects will not only make the process easier, it will also help you take the quality of your Glowforge projects to the next level!
Sign Laser Cut Files
Use these fun signs as decorations for your front door, living room, bedroom or any other area where you need a festive touch!
Baby and Kid Laser Cut Files
Oh baby! Are these ideas ever adorable! Get your creativity kickstarted with these ideas for baby showers, birthdays, Christmas gifts and more!
Teacher Laser Cut Files
Celebrate an amazing teacher in your life with these Glowforge gift ideas that teachers will love! These ideas will help decorate classrooms as well as warm hearts!
Christmas Laser Cut Files
I can’t wait to celebrate Christmas this year with our new Glowforge! The first thing I’ll be making? Pickle Ornaments for my entire family! (If you know, you know!) These Christmas files are amazing– Who knew you could make a gorgeous advent calendar or nativity scene using your Glowforge!
Wedding Laser Cut Files
From save the date postcards, to alternative ideas for wedding guest books! Make a beautiful wedding gift for a couple you love using your Glowforge!
Other Cool Laser Cut Files
The below cut files don’t fall under a particular category, but they were just too cool to leave out!
And there you have it! A ton of cut files to get you started using your new Glowforge!
Tell me… Which of these laser cut files is your favorites?
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