This year, our group is doing a holiday arts and craft show in downtown Raleigh. I decided that I would create a custom wooden sign for my wife, however, I'm more of a paint by numbers kinda guy than a modern day Monet. Thankfully, I work at Techshop so I was able to create a custom sign for her in a few hours from scratch with limited ability. Just follow these directions and you can do it too. Perfect for your next big occasion where you need to stretch your artistic talent.
You will need:
a sheet of 1/4" or 1/8" plywood (I prefer birch as it seems to do best) cut to your laser bed size
paint (2 colors)
access to a laser
Alright, set-up your file in Corelle Draw. Throw some contact paper on your wood, and spend an hour lasering away. If you use birch like I do, it should come out like this. The important part in this is the contact paper, I buy mine at Staples where it's super cheap, but anywhere that says clear contact paper works (Wal-mart, Target, Lowes, any big box retailer).