add more value to simple IKEA frames

Enhance a simple IKEA mirror
using laser engraving

Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world as the day of love.

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Why settle for typical presents like sweets or flowers when you can give them something that will remind them of you every day? We took a simple (and inexpensive) mirror from IKEA named MALMA and enhanced it with a personalised engraving. Words of love, understanding, encouragement or motivation will surround your loved ones when they look in it, reminding them that they are always thought of.


Preparation

Required material:

Mirror MALMA from IKEA or any other mirror with a wooden frame

Trotec laser machine used:

  • Speedy 100
  • 40 watts
  • 2.0 inch lens

Step by Step

Step 1: Design and text

For our sample, we used a love poem, but you can also use motivational sayings, quotes, personal anecdotes or let your inner-bard loose and write your own prose! Simply enter the text in the CorelDraw template and, if necessary, adjust the font size.


Step 2: Laser Settings

Send the file to the laser. We have used a Speedy 100 with 40 watts laser power and the following parameters:

Engraving:

Power: 30% - Speed: 70% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON


Step 3 - Make someone happy!

Clean the mirror, wrap it and give it to the lucky recipient.

Tips:

  • Glue a ribbon onto the back of the mirror to be able to hang it up
    with a big bow.
  • Engrave motivational words to encourage someone to keep reaching
    for their goals.
  • This idea can also be used for other occasions such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and many more.