If you have just purchased a laser machine like the xTool M1 or xTool P2 and want to make money selling your crafts, you are in luck! I am sharing 10+ of my favorite small business laser crafts that you can use to make money with your xTool and start your own craft business!
DIY Small Business Ideas for Laser Machines
Starting a handmade business can be a little (or a lot) overwhelming. I constantly see crafters asking how they can make money with their crafts, and I think a laser machine like the xTool is the perfect place to start. Having a laser cutter in your craft room can be an indispensable tool for creating professional crafts that you can sell.
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Laser crafts are great for handmade gifts, cards, jewelry, photo frames, signs, and more. Unlike a blade cutter like a Cricut, a laser cutter uses a high-powered laser beam to cut and engrave precise designs into various materials such as wood, acrylic, cardboard, paper, and leather.
Even better, the xTool M1 is a HYBRID machine that combines laser and blade cutting so you can cut even more materials! It offers laser engraving and cutting (similar to the Glowforge – but a different kind of laser) as well as blade cutting (similar to a Cricut Maker or Explore series machine).
With a laser cutter, the crafts you can make are endless. You can create intricate and detailed designs that would be difficult or impossible to achieve by hand or even with a Cricut Machine. But which ones will make the most money for your small business? Whether you jump into the trending products market or create your own niche, you need to make sure that you consider your materials and the time it takes you to craft a particular item.
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Small Business Laser Craft Ideas to Make Money
Even if you are a beginner, you can make money with your xTool! There are a lot of projects that are incredibly easy to perfect and make in bulk. Just remember, every crafter or vendor at a craft show started somewhere!
If you are just getting started, I suggest making profitable crafts that have a low material cost and that can be made quickly. These will require a smaller investment of time and money in the beginning. Crafts that take a lot of time can limit how many products you can make for a craft show or to replenish your online storefront.
As time goes on, you will have a better idea of what items might sell quickly and you can adjust your inventory. A lot of these ideas are for small crafts, but I’ll include ideas for higher ticket items, too!
Here are some of my favorite laser craft ideas for starting a small business.
Laser cut ornaments are popular for many holidays, not just Christmas. You can also vary your designs to use as gift tags, too!
Laser Cut Jewelry
Jewelry is one of the smallest crafts you can make with your laser cutter. It is a great way to create a large inventory with a small amount of materials. I also love that you can make small earrings or charms from scrap materials – no waste equals more profit!
You definitely want to keep an eye on trending designs and holidays when making jewelry. You can also incorporate other materials such as resin or vinyl in your finished design.
Kids Paint Kits for Holidays
These paint kits are really popular as small gifts or classroom activities around holidays and special occasions. I have seen a single crafter sells hundreds of kits from just one Facebook group post. Because they are made from cheaper wood or MDF, you can sell them at a lower price point. Plus, kids LOVE them!
Coasters are always a great gift idea, and I have seen them do well at local craft shows. Local designs such as maps or holiday designs make affordable gifts for any shopper.
Wooden Spoons or Other Engraved Kitchen Utensils
I personally love these items because you can purchase inexpensive pre-made utensils and supplies to engrave with a laser machine. These require less design work and are great packaged with other gift items.
Keychains are an easy sell because they are inexpensive and almost everyone uses them. Just like ornaments, you can use these designs as gift tags, too. They make perfect gifts for holidays, graduation, birthdays, and more.
Silicone watch bands are a unique craft that has increased in popularity over the last few years. Everyone wants a custom watchband that matches their personality (and outfits!)
Cutting boards are a larger item that can do well at craft shows around the holidays. Engrave with cute sayings, but you’ll have to fine tune your settings to produce these on a diode laser. CO2 lasers are faster at engraved designs, and if you’re producing a lot of cutting boards, you’ll need all the time you can get.
The positive side to cutting boards is that you can find nice cutting boards for a reasonable price. I recommend starting with small engraved quotes or designs until you get a better idea of what your target audience is looking for.
Another way to get started is to offer personalized cutting boards!
Cups & Tumblers
The xTool M1 is especially good for engraving cups and tumblers – with the additional of the rotary tool, you’ll be a step above other crafters out there.
Plus, with the blade tool, you can customize mugs, cups, and more with permanent vinyl and sublimation transfer sheets. There are so many directions you can go with this craft (think tumblers, wine glasses, coffee mugs, etc), and everyone loves them!
Signs can be a huge undertaking, so I would recommend starting with just a few designs at first. Between cutting, painting, and assembling a sign, you can have a lot of time and supplies wrapped up into one design. However, they are great for shows because they make a statement. And people love them!
Another way to start a small business is to offer custom orders for personalized items. Once you master the products you are working on, you can offer custom designs for businesses or individuals. Although they take more time because of customer interaction (emails, design proofs, etc.), there are a lot of craft businesses that exist solely on personalized crafts.
Just make sure that you factor in your time when selling these items!
Bonus: Custom Shirts
With the xTool M1 blade tool you can create t shirt with heat transfer vinyl or infusible ink sheets. Custom t shirts, sweatshirts, or other clothing items can be a great way to build a handmade business.
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