Personalize an Easter basket with these custom laser engraved wood tags. Learn how to customize each tag with a name and get the laser settings for both cutting and engraving.
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Putting together an Easter basket is one of those tasks I really look forward to. It has changed over the years but even as my kids grow out of the Easter bunny I still like to put together something special for each girl.
These 7 Dollar Tree themed basket ideas are a great place to start for fun and budget friendly Easter ideas. With older kids I’m adding treats that each child loves, something to wear and a small fidget or beauty item.
No matter the basket theme or child’s age, a cute custom tag with their name is the perfect finishing touch to add to a basket. I like that I can use these wood gift tags year after year to label the baskets.
If you are putting together a gift basket for someone outside your home, consider adding a custom gift tag that the recipient can keep.
Supplies to make wood gift tags
Let’s talk through the key materials and tools you need to make these laser engraved wood tags.
- xTool M1 10W laser If you are new to this machine, take a look at my in depth review and set up. This is a laser and blade cutting machine, it can cut and engrave wood and metal as well as finer materials like vinyl and paper.
- 3mm basswood This is a thin lightweight wood that’s easy to cut, engrave and stain. Yet it is thick enough that it will hold up well as a gift tag.
- Design file For this project I’ve created an SVG design you can download, customize and use with the M1 laser. Be sure to watch the video for details on how to manipulate the file and customize the design.
xTool M1 10W laser
This laser is a pretty powerful piece of equipment and it comes with a user friendly software that is always evolving. You have the ability to customize a design and tell the machine to cut or engrave different pieces of it.
The M1 laser comes with a protective encasement keeping your eyes safe. There is also an exhaust tube that helps direct the smoke and smells out a window.
If you are looking for an all in one craft machine that can cut and engrave just about any material, the xTool M1 10W diode laser is a great choice.
Let me walk you through how to create these laser engraved wood easter tags. Be sure to watch the video for a full walkthrough.
- 3mm basswood
- Wood stain
- Craft paint
- xTool M1 10W laser
- Paint brush
Machine set up
- Plug in and turn on the machine with the back switch and front button.
- Connect the exhaust tube and point it out a window.
- Connect the laser to a computer using a USB cord.
- Place the triangular prisms along the base of the machine.
- Place a piece of basswood on top of the prisms and close the machine lid.
- Open xTool creative space software.
- Connect your machine using the button in the upper right hand corner. A picture of the material inside the machine will display on the screen.
- Set the material to 3mm basswood and indicate you are using triangular prisms, then click auto measure.
- Import this design file.
- On the design, delete the extra items like the box around the shape.
- Select the egg and hole and group them together then choose cut, the xTool materials settings will work well for this.
- Select the Happy Easter pieces and group them together, then choose engrave. The best settings are power: 100 speed: 100 pass: 1
- To create a name, choose the text tool and type the name then choose a font and size. Select engrave for this text.
- Arrange all the pieces of the design and size appropriately. Group everything together for easy movement around the canvas.
Cutting and Engraving
- Ensure the design on the screen is placed over the material, the camera allows you to see exactly where the machine will work.
- Click process.
- On the next screen you have the option to frame your design, this is a light laser that shows you where the design will cut on your material.
- Once framing is complete click start, then push the button on your machine to commence.
- When the operation is complete, pull the gift tags out of the machine and save your scraps for another project.
Finishing the gift tags
- Use a soft cloth to rub wood stain onto the gift tags.
- Paint the back of each tag with a pastel color.
- Add a ribbon through the hole in the top then attach the tags to an Easter basket.
Use this method to create tags for any time of year. You can create designs in Canva Pro and export them as SVG files. Then upload the file to the xTool Creative Space software.
There are a few different ways to finish these tags, the most straightforward is to use a wood stain. I chose to paint the back of each egg with a pastel color as well.
Painting laser engraved wood can be a little tricky. The paint will move into the engraved parts and look uneven. If you have a careful and, you can paint around the engraving. Or paint the wood first, then engrave the design.
To complete the tag, use a ribbon to tie the gift tag to an Easter basket.
There are so many options when it comes to laser engraved wood. Check out this in depth tutorial on how to engrave a cutting cutting board and prep it for use in the kitchen.
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