Picture of Laser etched plaques with color
I made it at TechShop

I purchased Halloween costume contest trophies to use as bowling trophies for a bowling outing. After peeling the 'Best Costume' sticker off the trophies, I was able to customize them.


CLEAR acrylic sheet with paper backing
Spray paint
Masking tape (optional)
Hot glue (optional)

Laser etcher
X-acto knife, pin or nail (optional)

Step 1: Etch the image

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Create the appropriately sized plaque and text with your graphics program, and be sure to flip it, so that the image is reversed (mirrored).

Leave the paper protector on the acrylic. If your acrylic has a plastic film protector, peel it off, and replace it with a single layer of masking tape.

Laser etch and cut the plaque(s). Before removing from the etcher, inspect the plaque to be sure that all of the paper or tape has been burned through. It may be necessary to make a second pass.
rimfire132 years ago
Yeah I tried to do this just this past weekend with powder coat instead, etch it deep then dust powder in the etching then melt it with a fast pass on the laser so we went back and just did this instead. Very easy way to color something. I didn't think to flip it and do it from the backside.
Haha! Very awesome! How fun :)