When making beautiful custom gift items like all of you do, you have to have some ways to present them. I’ll be making some items like this for holiday gifts. These are mini slate cheeseboards from Amazon. Sorry that I already lost the engrave settings, so don’t want to post my guesses here.
They are about 6x9" and now come in a pack of 6 for just over $4.00 per board. They have thin rubber feet on the corners, but I’ll be replacing them with thicker cork at the corners and in the middle so they can be used as serving trivets.
Since they come as a boxed set, how do you present them as a gift? If you have a Glowforge, some Hobby Lobby Mat Board and the Template Maker Website, you make a custom box.
I’ve seen a lot of folks working in paper and cardstock and thought they might like this site that I haven’t seen discussed yet.
It is a pretty sweet site for quickly making all types of tabbed boxes. From Milk Cartons, Stars, Rhomboids, Hearts, Pillowboxes, and even a Coffin Box for Halloween. They export in all of the most popular flavors; SVG, PDF, & DXF. Just put in the dimensions and hit preview. It’s so easy, even I can do it. The site even shows you the size material you’ll need to use their design as is.
Regular cardstock will work for many gift boxes, but I wanted something sturdier for the slate, so I went to my local Hobby Lobby and looked for Mat Board material in the framing section. They have a wide variety, with some colors costing about $9 for a 40x32" sheet. I picked up basic chipboard color in the same size for $3.99. If you are close to a Hobby Lobby and don’t mind daily stops, don’t forget to use the 40% off coupon for 1 item each visit. Or bring the family and have them all check out a single sheet using the online coupon! $2.40 per sheet is a really good price. The material I used for this box was .039". It cut well at 400 speed, 100% power. For the folds, I just used cuts at 500 speed and 55 power.
Here’s a detail of the edge, folded away from the score cut. At these settings, the scores are a bit tough to fold at first, but I like the fact that they are much more solid than if you cut deeper. I think I’m going to like this site a lot. The only issue that you’ll run into is size limitations of the laser bed. Maybe not as big an issue for the Pro users.
I hope this provides some fun for all you Forgers.