My family has been trying to take small, continuous steps towards reducing our waste. Valentine’s Day is coming up and my youngest is in Grade 4, so he still really wants to hand out valentines to his classmates and friends. I didn’t like the idea of spending a bunch of money on cards that would just get thrown away (or hopefully recycled) or little plastic junk. Glowforge to the rescue! We decided to make key chains instead.
My son is really into Super Mario/Nintendo so we decided to go with characters from those games. I found some high res pics of Mario, Toad, Luigi, Bob-omb and the Star. I converted them to SVG and added an outline to each figure, with a hole for the key chain to attach.
Since we wanted to be able to engrave the backs of the key chains, I also set up the file so that each key chain had a rectangle cut around it. That way, once the engraving and cutting was done on the front side, I could just flip each piece and then engrave the backs and the text was in the right place.
I used PG Maple so I wouldn’t have to worry about finishing the key chains after engraving/cutting.
My son is thrilled with the results and hopefully his friends like them too.