Glowforge Laser Cutter Project: 12 Toys
What you'll learn
- Laser Cut 12 different toys:
- Dancing Unicorn
- Toy Bee Hive
- Cricket Cage
- Rattlesnake Eggs
- Game of UR
- Humpty Falls
- Rubber Band Gun
- Tiny Temple
- Twig Racer
- Mini Mog
- Haunted Doll House
- Trojan Horse
- Start with my course: Learn Inkscape for Glowforge. It will show you how to customize these toys.
If you have access to a Glowforge or any laser cutter that can read SVG files, here are 12 fun toys you can make. I will provide the SVG files with laser settings for engrave, score, and cut. Then I provide build instructions for each toy. These projects require 1/8 inch thick plywood, and some have acrylic options because laser cutting is fun! You'll need glue and other craft supplies to build all twelve projects.
What this course is not... this course is not a step by step tutorial on how to use a Glowforge for the very first time. If you have never used a laser cutter, this course may be just a bit too advanced. Maybe it would be best to first take my course: Learn Inkscape For Glowforge before you play with these toys. The files in this course are provided for those who are proficient with a laser cutter and want access to fun patterns and the instructions how to build and use them. If all you really need is the SVG file and the cut/engrave/score order, you're gonna have fun making these toys!
These 12 JEMTOYs are the most popular designs from my web site. This course gets you all 12 toys for under half what they would cost individually. For the first time ever the top dozen JEMTOYs are offered here together as a little toy making course. You can make these toys in any order you wish. Feel free to customize the design. I ask that you do not resell or share the digital SVG files you downloaded. To complete these 12 toys all you need is a laser cutter that reads SVG files, and maybe an elf or two.
Please exercise caution and provide parental supervision when needed. Laser cut parts can be quite small and pose a choking hazard. Please do not get hurt playing with these toys. You know who you are!
Who this course is for:
- Glowforge owners
- Any one who owns a laser cutter that can read SVG files
I have taught arts and crafts to kids between the ages of 8-15 since 1984. I like to create modern takes of old wooden folk toys by designing toys and games for my Glowforge laser cutter. The blend of old fashioned ideas made on modern equipment gives the work a whole new feel. Toys and games are a great way to expose people to technology, especially kids. The playfulness helps to decrease the intimidation of learning how to use the high tech gear. Your brain keeps thinking, "we're just playing, right?" it doesn't know how much it is learning! I hope to help others learn how to program for Glowforge, it's so much fun.
Oh yeah, I live in Maine. It is cold here.