add more value to simple IKEA frames

Enhance a simple IKEA mirror
with a personal laser engraving

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

Why settle for the usual presents of candy 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 personalized engraving. Words of love, understand, encouragement, or motivation will surround your loved ones when they look in it, reminding them that they are thought of.


Preparation

Required material:

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

Used Trotec Laser:

  • Speedy 100
  • 40 watts
  • 2.0 inch lens

Step by Step

Step 1: Design and text

For our sample, we found a love poem, but you can also use motivation sayings , quotes or 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 with your own poem or motivation saying to the laser. We have worked with on Speedy 100 with 40 watts laser power and used the following parameters:

Engraving:

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


Step 3 - Make someone happy!

Clean the mirror off, 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 words of motivation to encourage someone keep reaching
    for their goals.
  • This idea can also be used for other occasions such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, and more ...