DIY Laser Cut Hummingbird Suncatcher: Step-by-Step Tutorial

I’m moving in a few days and wanted to get in one more craft project on my P2 before I pack it up. I was inspired by how the glitter translucent acrylic shined through my coaster when it was held up to the light and decided to take a stab at creating a DIY hummingbird suncatcher using multiple colors of acrylic.

It turned out great and is going to look lovely in my new home. Today I’m sharing a full step-by-step tutorial including the free cut files so that you can make your own hummingbird suncatcher.

DIY Hummingbird Suncatcher

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Materials

I used 3mm basswood for the hummingbird outline because I didn’t have any dark colored acrylic sheet on hand. I think a black acrylic would look very nice and give a stained glass look.

For the colored Acrylic, I used 4 different colors which are shown in the image below. Here are links to all of the materials I used for my cuts.

Note that in the picture below I accidently cut the light blue layer in the red acrylic. The two shapes shown on the bottom of the red acrylic are the ones that are needed for the hummingbird design.

Colored acrylic sheets with basswood sheet.

Tools

laser cutting machine

Acrylic crafting with the xTool P2 Laser Cutter

  • Dual HD Camera – allows for precise positioning and cutting.
  • Cuts ALL Colors of Acrylic – CO2 laser cutters can work with acrylic in any color with means endless creative opportunities!
  • Working Speed of 600 mm/s – super fast crafting!

How to Access the Free Cut Files

This design uses 5 different layers so when you download the files there will be 5 separate SVG files.

To access the design, enter your name and email address in the form below and you’ll get an email with all of the SVG cut files to make this colorful DIY hummingbird suncatcher.

Laser Cut Hummingbird Suncatcher: Step by Step Tutorial

Step 1 – Upload the design files into the software program

Once you’ve downloaded the design files, upload them into the software program that is compatible with your laser cutter. I use the xTool P2 so I work in creative space which is their free software program.

Make sure each SVG file is set to separate layers. Or if you want the background (colored portion) of the hummingbird to be a single color you can add each of the colored SVG files to the same layer.

Layer 1 shown below is the outline of the hummingbird. Layers 2-5 are the different colored pieces. I chose the layer color that best matches the material so that I didn’t get confused.

Step 2 – Input the Material Settings

You’ll need to use different material settings for the acrylic and the basswood. Both are listed below.

For 3mm basswood

  • Material: 3mm Basswood Plywood A4
  • Thickness: 0.118
  • Processing Path: Auto planning

For transparent & opaque acrylic

  • Material: 3mm Transparent Acrylic
  • Thickness: 0.118
  • Processing Path: Auto planning

Step 3 – Input the Layer Settings

You’ll have different settings for the basswood and the acrylic layers. Both are listed below.

For 3mm basswood

  • Processing type: Cut
  • Power: 75%
  • Speed: 30 mm/s

For transparent & opaque acrylic

  • Processing type: Cut
  • Power: 50%
  • Speed: 15 mm/s

Step 4 – Cut Each Layer with Your Laser Cutter

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to cut the 5 different layers.

Here is a picture of all of the cut pieces after I had finished with all of the layers and sheets.

colored acrylic and basswood cut on a laser cutting machine

Step 5 – Glue the Acrylic Pieces to the Basswood

I used Loctite super glue to attach the acrylic pieces to the backside of the basswood hummingbird outline.

Before you apply the superglue, be sure to arrange the pieces and make sure that everything lines up properly. Here is an image of where each of the colored cuts goes.

Once you align the basswood outline on the top it should look like the image below.

The super glue sets very fast so do your best to align the acrylic perfectly as you drop it down onto the basswood.

This is what it should look like after you’ve attached all of the acrylic pieces. it isn’t the prettiest from the back so if you want it to look great from outside you could cut a second outline to glue onto the backside of the piece.

Step 6 – Hang Your New DIY Hummingbird Suncatcher

Tie some fishing line into the two holes. Make it as long as needed to allow the suncatcher to hang at the height that you desire.

Then attach a suction cup hook to your window and hang your new handmade suncatcher! Isn’t it so pretty!

DIY Hummingbird Suncatcher

It actually isn’t too ugly from the back when you have it against a window (see below). I don’t think the hummingbird outline on the backside is necessary but you could add it if you want.

Don’t forget to pin this for later!

If you love hummingbirds as much as I do, consider making your own homemade hummingbird food. It’s better for them than the store bought red stuff and it’ll save you money too!

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