DIY Elf on the Shelf

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Celebrating 12 Days of Dremel DIY

Create Your Own Elf On the Shelf

How does Santa know if you've been naughty or nice? Is he watching you when you're sleeping, does he know when you're awake? No! Santa has some help to keep his eye on you. He has a trusty Elf on the Shelf to watch everything you do! The Holidays are approaching and AJ the Elf is here at the Dremel office! Spotted on his brand new DIY shelf, AJ  will be getting his hands into all sorts of DIY projects over the next 12 days as he gears up for the holiday! Be sure to follow the fun each day @Dremel on Instagram as we share 12 Days of Dremel DIY Projects, and get inspired this holiday season! 

But first, a good Elf needs his shelf! Check out the complete step-by step walkthrough below to create your own DIY shelf for your holiday elf!

 

What You'll Need

Materials
•    24"x48"x3/4" plywood
•   10: #8 x 1-1/4in phillips flat wood screw
•    Common nails 1 inch
•    Wood glue (optional)
•    2 clamps
•    Tape measure
•    7/64” Drill Bit Tape measure
•    Safety Glasses
•    Work Gloves

Tools
•    US40 Ultra Saw
•    US500-01 4" Carbide Wood Cutting Wheel
•    Bosch Jigsaw (and blade)
•    Hammer
•    Bosch power drill or Dremel GO Cordless Screwdriver
•    Multi-Max MM35-01 Oscillating Tool
•    MM70w 120 Grit Sand Paper
•    Dremel 4000 High Performance Rotary Tool
•    628-01 Drill Bit Set

 

Check out our Cut List for a visual of all measurements for this project here!

 

To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.

 

Step 1: Measure twice cut once..and then cut a couple more times

Before you start your first cut, be sure to clamp your 24” x 48” inch plywood  to a stationary table or workbench using 2 clamps.  Now it’s time to make your mark! Measure out 8"x24" inches and mark your line with a pencil.(See Cut List for guidelines)

Next, measure and cut (2) 5"x24x3/4" boards. Keep in mind that one of these boards will be used for the back of the shelf (where it would be attached to a wall) and the other you’ll use to cut out the side brackets.



Helpful hint:To ensure you are cutting a straight line place a separate wooden board against the mark to help guide your saw as your make your cut. Also remember to account for your guide on your saw by measuring half an inch to the left of your cut line in the direction you are going to cut in.

 

Step 2: Cut the brackets, dont be afraid to get fancy!

Using one of the 5x24” boards, measure and cut two (5”x7”) sections. Once cut, flip the board over and on the opposite sides, measure 1” up from the long edge (see picture) and 1” from the short edge. Now’s the time for your artistic ability to shine through!  Use these marks as your guide to then draw a fancy curve/design of your choice between the measured points.

Helpful hint: Wondering which one of your fine wooden boards to use for your brackets? Pick the ugly one! No really! You’ll only be using a small section of this board so you can make those choice cuts and keep that shelf looking pristine!

 

Step 3: Puzzled on what to do next? Use a Jigsaw!

First clamp down your two bracket pieces you cut out to your workbench. From there, use a Jigsaw to cut the curve of the bracket, tracing your pattern. Repeat this section so that you have both your brackets cut out.

 

Step 4: Your elf wants a comfy shelf! Smooth the edges, sand it!

Make that shelf nice and smooth! To easily sand in even the tightest spaces we used the MM35 Oscillating tool with sanding attachment and 120 Grit Sand Paper.  Once the oscillating attachment and accessory are securely locked in place, clamp your shelf to your workbench. Next, move the oscillating tool across the area you are sanding in
a small circular motion until you achieve your desired look.

 


Helpful Hint:  You can use your Dremel rotary tool with the 438 1/4" 120-grit Sanding Drum to help smooth out the edges on your brackets.  

 

Step 4: Drill pilot holes


Don’t break it before you make it! Drill pilot holes to avoid cracking the wood as you insert your screws. For this project we used the Dremel 4000 with the 628-01 Drill Bit Set

To start, drill 4 evenly spaced holes across the long side of the 8”x24” board. From there, drill 2 holes on each side (left and right) of the 8”x24” board.
Next drill 2 holes on the left and right sides of the 5”x24” board, be sure to leave ¾” room from the top to account for the width of the top board

 

Step 5: Screw it! Just put it together already!
 
Screw the two pieces (8”x24” and 5”x24”) together using 4 screws on the long side with a drill driver. Once secured, place the brackets in each corner end and screw them into the top and back piece (two on top and two through the back)

 

Step 6: Tis the season for decorations! Add a decorative trim

Make your shelf POP off the elf!...wait.  Give your shelf a subtle yet notable look by adding a decorative trim the fits the mood of your room. First, cut the trim into three pieces: 1 (24” section) and 2 (1” sections). From there you can secure the trim using either wood glue or hammering several small common nails where you see fit.  

 

YOU BUILT ONE ELFIN GOOD SHELF!

Now your elf is ready to keep an eye on things for you! Hope you've been good this year! Check back @Dremel on Instagram as we share 12 Days of Dremel DIY Projects, and get inspired this holiday season! 

 

DIY Holiday Wine Box

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Customize Your Own DIY Wine Gift Box this Christmas

“I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas.” If you’re wondering what to get your boss for Christmas or afraid of walking in empty handed to your friend’s Holiday party, wine gift baskets are the standard go-to Christmas gift. But this is the year to give a gift that means something more! Instead of giving your host yet another bottle of red wine to add to their collection like everyone else does, spruce it up to add a little more flavor! This Personalized DIY wine gift box is the perfect gift to compliment all that red wine for Christmas. We’ve partnered with © Kreg Tool Company to bring you this complete step-by-step guide to create your own custom Wine Gift Box. Check out the video walkthrough here or follow the how-to guide below!

 

What you’ll need

Materials
•    1/2" x 6 oak, 48" Long, Board    
•    1/2" x 4 oak, 24", Board    
•    1/4" x 6 oak, 48", Board    
•    (1) 100-count box of 1" fine-thread Kreg pocket-hole screws        
•    General Finish - Georgian Cherry Stain        
•    Wood glue        

Dremel Tools
•    Dremel 2050-15 Stylo+ Versatile Craft Tool         
•    Dremel 335-01 Plunge Router Attachment         
•    Dremel 4000 High Performance Rotary Tool    
•    Dremel 654 1/4-inch Straight Router Bit
•    (1) Bosch Power Drill
•    Dremel GO Cordless Screwdriver (optional)
•    Multi-Max MM35-01 Oscilating Tool
•    MM70w 120 Grit Sand Paper     
•    Dremel SM20-01 Saw-Max Tool Kit    

 

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© Kreg Tool Company Tools
•    (2) Kreg Bench Clamp System
•    Multi-Mark
•    Kreg Jig K4
•    Kreg Micro Drill Guide              

     

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Step 1. Make the Sides

  

Start by cutting a 1/2" x 6 oak board to a rough length to 32". Then, create a dado (recess in the board) that the box lid will slide in later. To do that, set your Dremel Rotary Tool up in the Plunge Base accessory with a 1/4" straight router bit. Set the bit location, as shown on the part illustration. Set the depth of the bit for the first pass about 1/16" deep. With the Dremel Tool off the work piece, start the tool and make the first pass along the entire edge of the board. Adjust the depth of the bit slightly and make another pass. Repeat this until you reach the depth of 1/4". Sand the face of the board, as well as the dado.

 

Step 2. Make the Tall End

  
    
Clamp a 1/2" x 4 x 48" oak board to a work surface. Using the same router setting and process you used on the Sides, rout a dado on one end of the board. Then, mark the final length of the Tall End and cross-cut it to final length with the Dremel Saw-Max.

 

Step 3. Cut  Ends and Bottom to Lengthm


 
Mark out the Tall End, Short End and the Bottom, as shown in the cutting diagram, and cut them to length with the Dremel Saw-Max.

 

Step 4. Cut the Sides to Length
 
Mark the final length of the Sides (as shown in the cutting diagram), measuring from each end of the board, so the leftover material is in the middle of the board. Secure the board to a work surface and cross-cut the Sides to final length with the Dremel Saw-Max using the SM500 Multi-Purpose Cutting Blade. Sand the cut edge as needed.

 

Step 5. Drill Pocket Holes in Bottom
     
Set your Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig up to drill in 1/2" thick material using the Kreg Micro-Pocket™ Drill Guide. Drill pocket holes in the Bottom at the locations shown

 

Step 6: Attach the Ends to the Bottom
   
Apply a small amount of glue along the lower edge of the Tall End and the Short End, and then clamp them to the Bottom as shown. Make sure the dado on the Tall End faces toward the inside of the box. Carefully secure the parts with #6 x 1" fine-thread Kreg Screws

 

Step 7: Add the Sides
   
With the Ends secured to the Bottom, you can now add the Sides. Apply a bit of glue along of one edge of the Bottom and Ends. Position the first Side so it is flush with the Ends and Bottom as shown. Clamp it in place and secure the parts with #6 x 1" fine-thread Kreg Screws. Repeat this same process to attach the other side.

 

Step 8: Make the Lid Parts
 
    
From a 1/4" x 6 oak board, cut the Lid Bottom to final width, as shown in the cut diagram. Cut the Lid Bottom to final length, as shown. Next, from a 1/4" thick x 4 oak board, cut the Lid Top to length, as shown.

 

Step 9: Laminate the Lid and Glue
 
Sand the underside three edges of the Lid Bottom until it slides in and out of the dadoes in the box easily. Place the Lid Bottom in the closed position on the box. Mark the location of the three inside edges of the box onto the top of the Lid with a pencil. This will be the position in which you will glue the Lid Top to the Lid Bottom. Then, remove the Lid Bottom from the box. Apply glue to the underside of the Lid Top and sandwich the two parts together. Position the Lid Top against the pencil lines you marked. Secure the two parts with clamps and allow the glue to dry.

 

Step 10: Drill and Sand the Project Smooth
 
After the glue dries, sand any rough edges on the lid and any additional material off the bottom edge to ensure a smooth fit. Test fit the Lid. Give the rest of the box exterior a final sanding and then wipe it down to remove dust.

 

11 Trace the Decorative Pattern
 
Print out an image you’d like to transfer onto the box from any common printer. Place carbon paper under the print-out, position it where you would like it on the box, and secure it with tape. With a pencil, trace over every line of your image. This will transfer the image onto the box so you have a nice guide to follow as you do your carving!

 

12 Engrave your Design
 
To carve the pattern into the box, we used Dremel Stylo+ and a small round-tip cutting bit. Once you’ve completed your carving, sand the lid and box one more time and wipe away all dust. Head to the Extras tab for PDF copies of the graphics we used to carve this box.

 

13 Apply the Finish
 
With the box cleaned, it’s time to apply a stain. We used a gel stain for this project. A gel stain is thick, almost like pudding. This allows the stain to build up in the carved areas and make them darker than the rest of the project. This highlights the carving. After the stain has dried, apply a couple coats of a polyurethane to help protect the box.

 

14. Give the box as a gift
 
With the gift box complete, now all that is left is to fill it with your recipient’s favorite wine. When they receive your gift, they’re bound to love the box it came in as much, or more, than whatever you put inside.

 

    

 

Easy Christmas Eve Dinner ideas – DIY Napkin Rings

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Easy Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas – DIY Christmas Napkin Rings


Hosting the best Christmas dinner party is all in the details. Most holiday hosts stress over having to put together the perfect menu, including a honey-baked ham of course, but they all miss one of the most important details that every guest notices. Take a look at your Christmas table decorations! The first thing your dinner guests notice when they sit down is the tablescape, even more specifically, their own plate. Rather than staring at an empty plate, give your guests a piece they can hold and admire. This DIY decoration is also the perfect way to buy some extra time if you’re not finished cooking Christmas dinner!


Add the perfect complement to your Christmas centerpiece this holiday with these DIY holiday napkin rings. In just 5 easy steps you can make a guaranteed eye-catcher on every Christmas table and can even make a perfect last minute DIY Christmas gift.

 

What you’ll need:
•    Wooden napkin rings
•    White spray paint
•    Embossing glue
•    Red embossing powder
•    Small paint brush
•    Pencil
   Dremel VersaTip™
•    Dust mask

 

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STEP 1:  Apply Winter from a can (hint – it’s white paint!)

Start by spraying generous amounts of paint onto the wooden napkin rings. Ensure you spray from multiple angles to coat each ring fully.  Then leave everything to dry.

Helpful tip: Place the wooden rings on a disposable placemat like a newspaper to ensure you don’t spray the paint anywhere you don’t want! Be sure to spray your paint outside or in a well-ventilated room.

 

STEP 2:  It’s time you drew a line  

To add that glossy striped candy cane look, grab your pencil and embossing glue. Carefully draw diagonal lines ¼ to ½ inch apart on the napkin ring with your pencil. Once complete, take a thin brush and apply embossing glue to every other intermediate space.

 

 

STEP 3: Liven it up with some color

Now that your lines are drawn and glue is in place, sprinkle embossing powder on the sections with the glue. Once you’ve covered each section with the powder, remove any loose powder using a clean brush.

 

STEP 4: Turn up the heat

     
Now comes the fun part! Grab your Dremel VersaTip Butane Torch and heat the powder using the hot air blower nozzle until the powder turns to liquid. Once it has cooled down, it sticks to the ring firmly and securely.


Get creative! You can also use the VersaTip to burn your own unique patterns onto the napkin rings!

Dremel creative tip: There are no limits to where your imagination can take you in decorating the napkin rings. If you prefer glitter, place Hotfix rhinestones on the ring using tweezers and fix them precisely with the Dremel VersaTip and the soldering tip. It heats the glue on the back of the stones until they are firmly attached to the wooden ring. Adding creative patterns on the wood are an alternative to rhinestones and glitter and can be done skillfully with the Dremel VersaTip Shaping Knife or Wide Blower Tip.

 

STEP 5: Set the table!

  

Now you’re ready to host the best Christmas dinner. These easy last minute DIY napkins rings bring together the holiday look and feel of your Christmas dessert table and even act as their own centerpiece. Now it’s time to get cooking!   

 

Exclusive Holiday Deals From Dremel

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Find Deals on your Favorite Dremel Products

Whether you are starting a project or making some finishing touches, be sure to save on all the tools you need! Check out our complete list of Dremel holiday deals, available at your local retailers. Listed prices and availability of the products written below may vary based upon retailer while supplies last. To make sure you get everything on your wishlist, take advantage of these exclusive holiday offers today, before they run out!


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Dremel Maker Gear is Here! Meet the Collection

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Introducing All-new Dremel Gear

In 1934, we introduced the first-ever high-speed rotary tool with a simple mission: empower Makers of all skill levels to complete creative and fulfilling projects. We believe that when we all create, make and build, our world is a richer, more personal place to live. To recognize our Dremel Makers who contribute to the ever growing and inspiring Maker community, we are excited to announce our new line of official Dremel gear! This holiday weekend, get 20% off your purchase of Dremel Gear!

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To build upon the level of trust and excellence you’ve come to know from Dremel, we’ve designed our new line of gear to support you through everything from all-day adventures to everyday life. Check out our full selection of Dremel Maker Gear below, and represent you’re inner Maker. 

 

APPAREL

All day and everyday gear that lasts

As makers we believe creativity never sleeps, which is why we’ve introduced a super soft logo tee you can wear anytime, anywhere and it gets better with age, just like Dremel. Made using high quality, durable materials, our official Dremel  t-shirt brand gives you the look and feel you want while lasting 

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Inspiration comes in all forms, including the love inside your mug. Made to support you through even your toughest projects, these crafted, stainless steel tumblers and cups are built to last. Our Dremel mugs are designed to keep your drink as cold (or hot) as desired, no matter how long your project takes.

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Personalize Your Dremel Gear, the Stylo+ is Here

In addition to our all-new Dremel gear, we are excited to announce Dremel’s most versatile crafting tool, the Stylo+ is available on Shop.Dremel.com! The ergonomic and lightweight design of the Stylo+ makes it perfect for engraving your Dremel gear to add you own personalized edge.  Make piece that ar long-lasting, beautiful to look at, and satisfying to hold, check out everything you can do with the Stylo+ here

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How to Clean Burnt Pots and Pans in 4 Easy Steps

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How to Clean Your Burnt Pots and Scorched Pans in 4 Easy Steps

So, you left a pan on the stove a little too long.  It happens to the best of us! Those scorch marks and chard remains glued to the bottom of your cookware can look unforgiving.  And now you’re faced with the relentless pain of scrubbing a burnt frying pan. Frustrated as ever, some throw out the pan…but we’re not quitters right?! After all, waste not, want not. There’s no to need replace your old cookware when there’s an easy way to make your pots and pans look like new again with the Dremel Versa Power Cleaner!

Whether cleaning up after your dinner party or sprucing up the look of your pot rack, the Dremel Versa can help speed up the cleaning process. Watch the full tutorial video here or follow below for a complete step-by-step guide.

 

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What you’ll need

Supplies:

  • Dremel Versa Power Cleaner
  • Baking Soda
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Kitchen Gloves
  • Spray Bottle
  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Paper Towel

 

Before you start

Put on your kitchen gloves and be sure your Dremel Versa is fully charged. For a quick start guide to using your Dremel Versa, check out the video here.

 

Step 1: Make your cleaning solution

For an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner, fill an empty spray bottle with half water, half distilled white vinegar, and add just 5-6 drops of dish soap. Now mix it up! Close the spray bottle and shake contents lightly to evenly mix your cleaning solution. 

 

Step 2: Prepare your pots and pans

It’s time to ready up! Place your pot or pan on a sturdy, waterproof surface and dust the dirty area thoroughly with baking soda.  Then spray your cookware with the cleaning solution, saturating the baking soda.  

 

Step 3: Power on, it’s time to take care of business

It’s time to tackle that to-do list! Attach the splash guard, backing pad and non-scratch pad to your Dremel Versa. From there, turn on your Dremel Versa and apply light pressure as you run the tool in a circular motion over the surface you are cleaning. The Versa is designed to shut off if too much pressure is applied.  Just let the tool do the work for you! As you conquer the clean-up, spray additional cleaning solution as needed to keep the cleaning surface wet.

 

Step 4: Wipe away the mess

After you’ve cleaned your pots and pans, run them under warm water to remove any residue. Now your sparkling pots and pans look as good as new!

 

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Forgetting something?? Look at your stovetop!

Don’t overlook this hidden mess! When is the last time you really cleaned your oven? Here we simplify how to clean those overwhelming oven messes in just 4 steps.

 

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3 Simple Tips to Make Kitchen Clean-up Easy

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Three Easy Tips to Make Kitchen Clean-up Easy after Hosting a Dinner Party

Your dinner party is just around the corner! It’s time to bring out the nice silverware and start planning your grocery store runs. If you’ve hosted before, you know that a lot of work and planning goes into making a successful dinner the whole family enjoys. But the hardest part of hosting is the clean-up that comes before and after the party, especially when all you want to do is sleep off all that food you just ate.

But wait! There’s an easier way to tackle the post party clean-up. Before you preheat the oven or turn on the stove, grab your Dremel Versa for some pre-cleaning!

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and you want it to look its very best. As you get your kitchen ready for your holiday party, make sure you don’t overlook the two biggest messes your guests will notice. After all, having your friends and family over for the holiday is an opportunity to show off your sparkling clean kitchen! To have your home clean and ready before your guests arrive, check out how you can wipe your hands clean of these tough kitchen messes with the all-new Dremel Versa.

 

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Stubborn Stovetop Splatters

 

Your stovetop is the first thing your guests will see when they walk into your kitchen, and there is nothing more unappetizing than looking at those charred remains while you are cooking your next meal. In the past, getting those grease stains out meant applying more grease…elbow grease that is. Now spinning at 2,200 RPMs, the highest speed-cleaning tool on the market does the hard work so you don’t have to. Dash through cleaning with minimal effort by attaching the Non-Scratch Pad or White Eraser Pad. Check out the full step-by-step guide here.

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Overwhelming Oven Messes

 

Determining how and when to clean your oven can get complicated. Contrary to popular belief, the self-cleaning feature on your oven is not always the best option. To avoid build-up, which requires additional time to clean, we recommend tackling those messes as they occur with the Versa. Use the Non-Scratch Pad to eliminate any lingering grease or food residue while maintaining the finish and performance of your oven. Here we simplify everything you need to know in order to give your oven a proper deep clean using the Dremel Versa.

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Painstaking Pots and Pans

So, you left a pan on the stove a little too long.  It happens to the best of us! Those scorch marks and chard remains glued to the bottom of your cookware can look unforgiving.  Whether cleaning up after your dinner party or sprucing up the look of your pot rack, the Dremel Versa can help speed up the cleaning process.

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How to Clean Your Oven in 4 Easy Steps

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How to Clean Your Oven in 4 Easy Steps

Cleaning your oven the “right way” can easily seem overwhelming. The secret, tackle those messes before they really build up. But let’s be real, who cleans their oven after every use? To simplify things, we show you how to easily deep clean your oven using the Dremel Versa to tackle all those dirty spots your self-cleaning cycle misses. Whether preparing your kitchen for your next dinner party or cleaning up after a gourmet get together, the Dremel Versa can help speed up the cleaning process, leaving your oven clean and ready for the next batch. Watch the full tutorial video here or follow below for a complete step-by- step guide.

 

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What you’ll need

Supplies:

 

Before you start

Put on your kitchen gloves and be sure your Dremel Versa is fully charged. For a quick start guide to using your Dremel Versa, check out the video here.

 

Step 1: Make your cleaning solution

For an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner, fill an empty spray bottle with half water, half distilled white vinegar, and add just 5-6 drops of dish soap. Now mix it up! Close the spray bottle and shake contents lightly to evenly mix your cleaning solution.

 

Step 2: Prepare your oven

First, ensure your oven is room temperature and remove oven racks.  From there, cover the area inside your oven that you want to clean with baking soda and spray the cleaning solution onto the baking soda until saturated. Don’t forget to clean the door! Once you have the area covered, let it sit overnight.

Helpful Hint: We recommend letting the solution sit overnight, but if you are tight on time even an hour can make a huge difference!

 

Step 3:  Power on, it’s time the take care of business

It’s time to take care of business! Attach the splash guard, backing pad and cleaning accessory to your Dremel Versa. Choose your accessory based on the level of cleaning you require. For this application we are using the Non-Scratch Pad as it gets right into the corners and tight spaces without taking the finish off your oven.  Now, let the tool do the work for you. Simply turn on your Dremel Versa and apply light pressure as you run the tool in a circular motion over the surface you are cleaning. The Versa is designed to shut off if too much pressure is applied. As you conquer the clean-up, spray additional water and vinegar solution as needed to keep the cleaning surface wet.

 

Step 4: Wipe your hands clean of the mess

After you’ve cleaned the surface, use paper towels to wipe of any residue and reveal your shinny clean oven. Now you’re ready to get cooking.

 

Ready to conquer the clean up? Shop the Dremel Versa and accessories!

Shop Dremel Versa               Shop Versa Accessories

 

Forgetting something?? Look at your stovetop!

 

Don’t overlook this hidden mess! When is the last time you really cleaned your oven? Here we simplify how to clean those overwhelming oven messes in just 4 steps.

 

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How to Clean Your Glass Stovetop in 4 Easy Steps

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How to Clean Your Glass Stovetop in 4 Easy Steps

Stovetop cleaning got you screaming? Using the Dremel Versa power cleaner and natural cleaning solution, we show you how to efficiently and effectively clean off those stubborn stove stains. Whether preparing your kitchen for your next dinner party or cleaning up after a gourmet get together, the Dremel Versa can help speed up the cleaning process, leaving your stove shining. Watch the full video tutorial here or follow below for a complete step-by- step guide.

Ready to conquer the clean up? Shop the Dremel Versa and accessories!

Shop Dremel Versa               Shop Versa Accessories

 

What You'll Need

Supplies:

 

Before You Start:

Put on your kitchen gloves and be sure your Dremel Versa is fully charged. For a quick start guide to using your Dremel Versa, check out the video here.

 

Step 1: Make your cleaning solution

For an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner, fill an empty spray bottle with half water, half distilled white vinegar, and add just 5-6 drops of dish soap. Now mix it up! Close the spray bottle and shake contents lightly to evenly mix your cleaning solution.

Step 2: Prepare your surface

It’s time to ready up! Dust your stovetop area with baking soda and spray your cleaning solution onto the baking soda to fully cover the area you are cleaning.

Step 3: Power on, it’s time to take care of business

It’s time to take care of business! Attach the splash guard, backing pad and non-scratch pad to your Dremel Versa. From there, turn on your Dremel Versa and apply light pressure as you run the tool in a circular motion over the surface you are cleaning. The Versa is designed to shut off if too much pressure is applied.  Just let the tool do the work for you! As you conquer the clean-up, spray additional water and vinegar solution as needed to keep the cleaning surface wet.

Step 4: Wipe away the mess

After you’ve cleaned the surface, use paper towels to wipe off any residue and reveal your sparkling clean stovetop. Now you’re ready for the dinner party.

Ready to conquer the clean up? Shop the Dremel Versa and accessories!

Shop Dremel Versa               Shop Versa Accessories

 

Forgetting something?? Take a look inside your oven!

 

Don’t overlook this hidden mess! When is the last time you really cleaned your oven? Here we simplify how to clean those overwhelming oven messes in just 4 steps.

 

Learn More

 

 

 

Personalize Your Wine Glasses For Your Next Dinner Party

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Be the Ultimate Dinner Party Host: Personalize Your Wine Glasses

Cheers to a night to remember! For an easy way to impress guests at your next dinner party, custom engraved wine glasses are a fun and creative way to spark instant dinner conversation. Below, we’ve outlined a complete step-by-step guide to help you engrave wine glasses with your own personalized designs. Looking to add even more flavor? Add your own personalized wine charms! Check out this complete step-by-step guide by Sculpey to create your own

Create your own DIY wine charms

What You will Need:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Dremel Stylo+
  • 7103 Diamond Wheel Point
  • Wine glasses
  • Paper print out of your design
  • Erasable marker
  • Adhesive tape
  • Paper towel
  • Silicone mat, or non-slip surface
  • Eye protection
  • Dust mask
  • Clamp

Before You Start, You’ll Want to Get This On Tape

Choosing the right design takes time, so don’t let it get away from you! Simply print off a stencil design you like and secure it to the inside of the glass. This will allow you to keep the stencil in place as you trace the design onto your wine glass.

Trace Your Design

To make sure you get your engraving right the first time, trace your design onto the glass using an erasable marker. This will then serve as a guide to make the engraving even easier.

Helpful Hint:

A small piece of paper towel placed inside the glass will help you see the marks while engraving.

It’s Time to Lock it Down

If you like it then you should’ve put a clamp on it! Secure your wine glass to the surface you are working on to ensure it does not slip away and that your engraving is as accurate as possible.

Think Smart Be Safe: Before engraving, ensure your wine glass is clean and dry.  Wear eye goggles and a dust mask to protect yourself from any tiny glass shards that may get near your face.

Ready, Set, Etch!

Now you are ready to begin engraving your wine glasses! For your first time, take it slow and avoid applying too much pressure.  Let the tool do the work for you! Simply glide the Stylo+ across the glass much like you would when writing with a pen! Start by engraving the outline of the design. From there, fill in your outline with extra shading to make your design really come to life.

Helpful Tip: Always look straight on when engraving glass. Looking at an angle causes your lines to have a greater chance of becoming skewed.

Clean Up Before Your Drink Up

Once you finish etching, be sure to vacuum your workspace and wash your wine glasses to remove any lingering glass particles.

Cheers to the Best Host Ever, You!

Now you’re ready for the party! Your DIY engraved wine glasses will be the talk of the night! Be sure to share your completed project using #sharemydremel.

Add Even More Flavor

Looking to add even more of a personal touch to your wine glasses? Add your own personalized wine charms so you know whose drink is whose.  We’ve partnered up with Sculpey to create DIY wine charms that complete the look of your etched wine glasses. Check out the full step-by-step guide here to create your own!

 

Create Your Custome WIne Charms Here

How to Engrave: A Beginners Guide

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How to Engrave: A Beginners Guide

Have you been thinking about giving engraving a go? Whether you want to liven up everyday household objects or make a personalized gift for someone special, engraving is all about practice, confidence and perseverance. In our handy beginner’s guide, we run you through everything from picking the right materials to the Dremel accessories that go with them, so you can start your journey in no time.

Step 1: Choosing the right accessories for your engraving. What’s what?

There are dozens of accessories to choose from, and finding the right one can seem like a daunting task. To make it simple, we’ve chosen the top 3 accessories you should use for engraving ranging from more general purpose bits to accessories that let you engrave those precise details.

High Speed Cutters- Use these for engraving, shaping, hollowing and grooving soft materials like wood and leather.  (Recommended accessory model numbers in this category include: 125, 192, 194)

Engraving Cutters - Perfect for more detailed work, especially when the material isn’t so hard. Engraving cutters also work just as well on wood and plastic as they do on softer metals like brass. (Recommended accessory model numbers in this category include: 106, 107, 113)

Diamond Wheel Points- Now we’re getting big on detail! Diamond Wheel Points like the 7134 5/64 are designed specifically for fine-detail work. The bits are covered in diamond particles, which make them perfect for engraving harder materials, like glass.  (Recommended accessory model numbers in this category include: 7103, 7134, 7144)

 

Looking for something special or the accessories mentioned above?

Click here to view the full array of Dremel accessories

 

Step 2: Set yourself up for success, find the right attachment.

Think of attachments as the things that help your project go that little bit more smoothly.  For this engraving, we used the Dremel Flex Shaft. This flexible shaft attaches to your Dremel rotary tool in seconds, and the 36 inch cable provides comfort and flexibility during use. Our favorite part of using the flex shaft is that it minimizes the weight of the original Dremel tool. Weighing only 15 ounces, the flex shaft is extremely lightweight – perfect for engraving more fragile pieces like wine glasses.

Alternatively, for improved tool balance and control, use the Dremel Detailer’s Grip. It transfers the weight of the tool to the palm of your hand to give that perfect balance and control needed for precise work like engraving, carving, etching, and polishing. The Dremel Detailer’s Grip also fits on any rotary tool with a threaded nose piece. 

 

Helpful Tip: For extended use we recommend using the new Dremel Stylo+ Versatile Craft Tool. The Stylo+ works similarly to the flex shaft.  Further, it has a thinner cord, remains cooler in operation, and is lighter to maneuver since you do not need to connect it to a separate tool. The comfort and ergonomic design similar to a pen make long engraving sessions with the Stylo+ even easier on your hands.

Step 3: You’re ready to engrave! But engrave what? Here’s how to choose the right piece for your first engraving

Material - For your first engraving, it’s better to choose a material that is on the softer side. Why? Softer materials are easier to control, especially if you’re not used to handling a rotary tool. Metals like brass and copper are the softest (so leave that titanium watch until you’re a little more experienced!). Other soft materials we recommend trying for your first couple go-arounds are leather, plastics and wood.

Shape - In addition to finding the right material, you’ll also want to pay attention to the surface shape. For your first few times engraving, go with a flat surface. This way, you don’t have to worry about angles or continually re-positioning the object or the tool. Now you can focus on getting used to how the tool feels during engraving. Think glass coasters, metal plaques, leather phone cases and wooden cheese boards.  These objects make great starting points.

Step 4: Think smart, be safe!

Now that you’ve got the right tools for the job and a surface that’s ready to be engraved, you’re probably itching to get started. But before you do, it’s time for a quick safety recap. Protect your hands with leather gloves; not only will they prevent cuts and scrapes, they’re also more resistant to wear and tear. Goggles and a dust mask are also etching essentials – you don’t want to be breathing in tiny glass or metal shards (or getting it anywhere near your eyes). And if the antique serving platter you’ve got your eye on shows any signs of rust, be sure to clean it up before engraving! Use the 428 ¾” Carbon Steel Brush to remove rust and let that true beauty shine.

Step 5: Prepare the material

If you’re engraving glass, make sure it’s clean and dry. All traces of grease and washing liquid should be completely removed so you can see clearly, but also so you don’t encounter any issues during the transfer stage (step 7). Engraving wood? Make sure it’s untreated. If you’ve got your heart set on etching wood that’s already been painted, you’ll have to sand it back and wipe it with a damp cloth before you begin. Once your surface is clean and dry, you’re ready to go.

Step 6. Transfer your pattern onto the material

You can always engrave free-hand, but having a pattern to trace over is a great way to start out. To transfer a pattern onto a metal surface, use carbon paper. Simply place the paper on the metal surface, lay the pattern on top and trace over it with a pencil. Etching glass is even easier: pop the pattern underneath the glass, and you’ll be able to see straight through and use it as your guide. Just be sure to stick it to the glass so it doesn’t move around halfway through engraving.

Helpful Tip: When engraving a glass or cylindrical object, always look straight on.  Looking at an angle means your lines have a greater chance of becoming skewed.

 

Ready set engrave!

Now you are all set to start your first engraving! Be sure to share your next project with #sharemydremel! Do you have all the tools you need?

 

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Dremel Maker Days 2018 Grand Prize Reveal!

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Congratulations to Our Grand Prize Winners!

You've been asking and we hear you, so with out further ado it's time to announce the Grand Prize Winners of Dremel Maker Days 2018!

 

Didn’t Win? You’re Still in Luck!

Get 20% Off the Dremel 4300-5/40 Kit

To thank you for making this year’s Dremel Maker Days a success, we're offering 20% off the Dremel 4300-5/40 Kit when you shop on Amazon.com and use the code below.

Your promo code is: “20MakerDays

 

Check out how our Maker Days Grand Prize Winners are already enjoying their new tools!

 

Digilab 3D Printer & Dremel Tool Suite Winner - Don from Albuquerque, NM

"I'm really excited to be the winner of this Dremel Tool Suite. I teach at a local high school and purchase tools out of pocket to use in our wood shop and have purchased two 3D20 3D Printers for the CAD Engineering course I teach. I plan on bringing in these new Drmeel tools for my students to use. My students and I make a lot of toys for children during the holidays and we also give a lot of the toys we make to the Albuquerque Police and Fire Rescue for the children that lose so much. We have a competition between myself and another school to see how many toys they can make, so really the children all win."

 

Digilab Laser Cutter and 3D Printer - Denton from Winchester, VA.

"I was absolutely shocked and overwhelmed with excitement when I heard I was the winner of the grand prize. I entered the sweepstakes daily hoping that I might be lucky enough to win one of the daily instant win prizes, but never expected to be the winner of the DigiLab Suite. My wife and I are living in a senior community with a small Wood Working Shop on campus for use by the residents. The shop provides an outlet for the retired carpenters and craftsmen, as well as services to our seniors to repair furniture and make items for sale to raise funds for charity. To get the most use out of the Dremel DigiLab suite, we plan to donate it to our local high school and they are ecstatic about receiving a Dremel Digilab Suite for their technical education department.

Maker Project Inspiration

This year, we had more Maker submissions than ever before! See more of our favorite projects from this year.

 

Top 10 Pumpkin Carving Designs and Hacks

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Coolest Pumpkin Carving Designs, Tips and Tricks of 2018

The spooks are out and Halloween is just around the corner! Looking for an easy way to decorate your house? You’re in luck! This year, we asked our Dremel Makers to show us their coolest pumpkin carvings to inspire you as you think up your DIY Halloween decoration ideas.

 

Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit

Set yourself up for success! The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit makes carving pumpkin designs as easy as tracing drawings. Included are 10 carving templates to help spark even more design inspiration.

 

 

Want to see the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit in action? Watch the tutorial here.

 

Kermit the Frog Pumpkin

It’s not easy being green on Halloween. With a simple green light bulb, @Thomas.olton was able to make this design look even more realistic.

 

Fall Seasonal Pumpkin

Capture the beauty of the fall foliage with a seasonal design that lasts all season long! Design by @Rach2355.

 

T’was the Nightmare Before Christmas

The pumpkin king himself has arrived! Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas designed by @mpeccarelli

 

Man's Best Friend Pumpkin

Always at your side, this pumpkin will always show you that unconditional love. This pumpkin loves going on walks! Design by @milo_the_morkie

 

Spooky Chic

This design by @just.another.mother.runner instantly ties the room together.

 

Harambe Pumpkin

An unforgettable legacy and jack-o-lantern, RIP. Design by @just.another.mother.runner.

 

Humming Bird Pumpkin

Still in Summer mode? This humming bird deign by @just.another.mother.runner is for you!

 

Frankenstein Pumpkin

It’s alive! This retro Frankenstein Pumpkin is a timeless classic by @Rach2355.

 

Edward Scissorhands

This pumpkin may as well have carved itself! Pumpkin carving hands are the work of @Rach2355

 

Halloween Horror Monsters

Truly iconic, these classic Halloween horror movie monsters jack-o-lanterns are recognizable from a mile away. Degin by @Rach2355

 

Now it’s your turn! Share with us your own pumpkin carving designs using #sharemydremel on Facebook or Instagram. For an easy way to carve even the most intricate designs be sure to check out the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit.

 

Looking for more easy Halloween decoration ideas? Check out this complete how-to guide to create your own foam tombstones!

 

 

Easy DIY Halloween Decor- Foam Tombstones

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DIY Foam Tombstones - A Step-By-Step Guide

Be the scariest house on the block without giving your wallet a scare. For cheap, easy Halloween decorations, styrofoam tombstones are a must! Below, we’ve created a complete step-by-step guide so you can make you own DIY tombstones in time for Halloween night.

 

Tools and Materials

Okay let’s be real, there’s no designated “foam tombstone maker” tool or accessory. But, we both know cutting and engraving styrofoam can get a bit messy. To make things easy we’ve listed out the tools, accessories and materials we used that make this project quick and easy.

 

Tools

Materials

  • 12’” x 30” x 2” Styrofoam sheet

  • Black, grey and brown spray paint

  • Dust mask

  • Safety goggles

 

Not sure if what you already own works for this project? Check out the link below to view Dremel’s complete array of accessories to find what works best for you!

 

 

Step 1. It’s a little sketchy but…outline your tombstone

 

Once you have your design idea in mind grab your permanent maker and sketch an outline of both the tombstone shape and design. 

Now your tombstone is traced with your spookiest Halloween pun.  But hold on, literally! Before you make the first cut, clamp down the styrofoam to your workbench and put on your safety goggles. 

 

2. Cutting the outline

Now you’re ready to make your first cut! To cut the outline of the tombstone we used the new Dremel Multi-Max MM35 oscillating tool. Its 3.2-degree cutting angle offers the most versatility when making those tough cuts. For the precise detailing on those curved corners, we switched from the MM482 Wood Cutting Blade to the MM435 Dry Wall Blade. The Dry Wall Blade features an offset Jab-Saw design that allows you to cut into the material without having to create a pilot hole.  The MM35’s tool-less quick change accessory interface made switching back and forth between the two accessory blades quick and easy.

 

3. Engraving those last words

  

Normally, free handing a rotary tool takes practice! To take the worry out of slipping up we attached the Dremel Cutting Guide included in the Dremel 565 Multipurpose Cutting Kit onto the Dremel 8220 Cordless Rotary tool. The 8220 provides sturdy control and power while providing completely free range of motion. For this project, we attached the Dremel 9903 Tungsten Carbide Cutter and set the depth of the cutting kit to ¼ inch.  From there, we traced the outline and then cut up the area inside of the outline to remove the styrofoam.

 

4. Looking a little rough? Smooth it out!

Give that tombstone a little TLC. Grab a handheld sanding pad to smooth out those rough corners and edges. Just a little light sanding gives your DIY tombstone the edge that will make it look store bought!

Helpful Hint: Once finished, be sure to vacuum up the loose foam bits on your tombstone and work space to ensure a smooth & clean surface before you apply your paint.

 

5. Liven up the graveyard, add some color!

   

Now it’s up to your creative maker intuition! Make your gravestone as fresh or as old as you want with the color palette of your choosing. For this project, we used a mixture of grey, black, and brown spray paint to give it that fresh “spooky graveyard” look.  

Helpful hint: Give ample time between your different coats of paint as some spray paints can eat away at Styrofoam with heavy application. When painting specific letters use a piece of cardboard to block off those surrounding sections that you don’t want painted.

 

Final Step: Walk out to the graveyard

After the paint dries, arrange your tombstones in your yard. Before you walk away, be sure to stick wooden skewers to the bottom of the foam tombstones to keep them in place and upright. Snap a pic, show off to your friends, and now you’re ready to be the scariest house on the block! Ready to go? Grab the tools you need here:

 

What goes with DIY Halloween tombstones? Halloween pumpkin carvings of course! Check out this year’s coolest pumpkin carving designs and hacks here:

 

A Look Back at Maker Days 2018

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And the Winners Are…

Maker Days has come to a close! Huge thank you to all the makers who shared their projects and entered in to win daily prizes. Now it’s time to announce our winners! Can I get a drum roll please?!

 

 

If you are you are one of these lucky winners, be sure to share your next project using your new Dremel tool and #sharemydremel

 

Didn’t Win? You’re Still in Luck!

Get $10 Off the New Dremel Stylo+

To thank everyone who made this year’s Dremel Maker Days a success, were offering $10 off the new Dremel Stylo+ when you shop on Amazon.com and use the code below.

Your promo code is: “10MakerStylo

Act fast! This deal ends October 8th

 

A Look Back

This year, we were so impressed with each of your project submissions that we just HAD to share them with all of you. Below are some of our favorite projects from this year.

 

Maker Project Inspiration

         

             

 

Who Won the Two Grand Prizes?!?

 

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget! The two grand prize winners will be announced in the coming weeks. Be sure to check back here at this blog post or on our Facebook and Instagram pages to see if you are the lucky winner of the Dremel DigiLab suite including the new Laser Cutter and 3D45 Printer OR the 3D45 3D Printer and Dremel tool suite.

 

It Could Really Happen!

Check out how last year’s Dremel Maker Days 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Richard Berg have been enjoying their prizes and what it is like to be the Dremel Maker Days Grand Prize Winner.

 

2017 Grand Prize Winner Richard Berg shares his story:

When I first saw the email about winning the grand prize, I could not believe it to be true. I was shocked because, and I'm sure you hear this A LOT, I never win anything.  It was not until the UPS guy came with that big, beautiful box that I realized that I was not dreaming. Living in a rural town, tech does not make it inroads into home as quickly as I would like, so I was eager to unpack the tools, especially the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D Printer.

We quickly unboxed the 3D45 Printer and in minutes we started our first print. Having no real history or knowledge of 3D printing we were happy to find that there were preloaded print files that came with the printer.  Hours, days and weeks of printing later I never ceased to continue learning from each of my prints. I was and still am in seventh heaven with my Dremel 3D printer.

I am excited to start my next project and utilize even more of the Dremel tools I won. I am excited to participate in the ongoing Maker Days celebration this year, to inspire makers out there just like me who love playing around with new tech and tools!

 


 

 


 

Dremel User Experts Focus Group

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No one knows our tools as well as you, the user. We want your help in making our products as effective and user-friendly as possible. If you live near Tampa, FL; Palm Springs, CA; Racine, WI; Rochester, NY; San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX; or Chicago, IL, we'd especially love to meet you and enlist your help. 

Apply for the User Experts Focus Group

At Dremel, we strive to intimately understand and anticipate our users' needs. We're responding with innovative services and specialty tool systems that are based on a foundation of experience, knowledge and a sincere desire to serve our users.

To ensure that we're achieving these goals, it's important to understand what part our products play in the lives of our users and develop and refine our products to best meet their needs. To accomplish this, we are developing a User Experts Focus Group in various regions across the country. We'll be meeting with these groups on a periodic basis throughout the two-year membership – either on-site or online.

We're looking for people who engage with tech/DIY projects, hobby, craft, home maintenance, repair projects, professional jobs and more. The type of projects can be very broad, such as crafts and creative hobbies, small DIY jobs, furniture-making or restoration, home improvement/maintenance, plumbing, etc. We'll be looking for users with all ability levels – from new owners to highly experienced users. Your feedback will let us know where your interests lie, so we can invite you to the appropriate focus group meeting. 

User Experts members:

  • Discuss how Dremel interacts with your vocation, hobbies, projects, and passions.
  • Tell us how we can improve, where we can help you, what products you desire.
  • Tell us what other companies do that our users like or dislike.
  • Have the opportunity to test new products.
  • Might be required to answer brief surveys throughout membership.
  • A maximum of four meetings per year.
  • Meetings will cover:
    • Product evaluation and testing.
    • Communication evaluation.
    • Open discussion and sharing of information.
  • Additional projects may also consist of:
    • Various emails, phone calls or online surveys asking opinions or questions.
    • Secret shopping via phone, internet or local stores.
    • Product evaluation and testing.

 

User Experts incentives per year:

  • Tools, meals and/or other potential incentives not to exceed $250 value. Incentives dependent upon panel attendance and participation throughout membership.
In addition, our members tend to connect with each other to enhance product techniques, expand product knowledge and gain project tips. 

If you're interested in applying for membership into our User Experts Focus Group, please take a few minutes to fill out the application form

A Look Back at Haven Conference 2018

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Dremel at Haven Conference 2018, A Look Back

The best advice we heard came from Yvonne Pratt from Stone Gable Blog.  “Haven is like a fire hose and you need to put your face in front of it to drink in as much as you can.”  In July, the team traveled to Charleston for the Haven Conference, a DIY and Decorating conference where we had the opportunity to connect with a fun and enthusiastic group of passionate makers and bloggers.   

 

To stand out and make this our biggest presence yet, we partnered with Gorilla Glue and got crafty with the Haven Mavens to do a few projects throughout the weekend. The tool of choice to take these crafts to the next level, was the new Dremel 2050 Stylo+!  .

 

We had so much fun meeting the Mavens & hearing your great feedback on the Stylo+. We’re providing all the Haven attendees (and your followers) an exclusive discount for the Stylo+ to get you making!  Use coupon code “10HAVENSTYLO” to get $10 off the new Dremel Stylo+ when you shop on Amazon.com. This offer expires on September 30 so be sure to share out this exclusive deal with your friends & followers and look like a hero doing so!

 

Use coupon code “10HavenStylo” to get $10 off

 

A Look Back at the Hype at Haven

 Check out our favorite moments from the weekend and learn how you can recreate the Kitchen Sign project from home as featured in our hands-on-demo session.

Day One

We jumped into Haven with a wide array of activities for every type of crafter. Our Make and Take featured glass etching with the new Stylo+ engraving tool in combination with making cork succulent magnets with Gorilla’s hot glue. Mavens also got an intimate walkthrough of the new Dremel Versa Power Cleaner and DigiLab Laser Cutter.

Day Two

As if the first day was not action packed enough, we held a Hands-On Session with Jenn Largesse from Build Basic who led the Kitschy Kitchen Sign project. Each participant could choose from a laser engraved stencil featuring a fun kitchen pun or a blank MDF template for those who wanted to get extra crafty. From there participants engraved & customized their designs using the Dremel Stylo+. Something that picture perfect needs to be framed right? Afterwards everyone grabbed a Dremel Saw Max to cut a barn wood frame and glue together using Gorilla Glue’s new Dual Temp Mini Glue Gun

 

Check out the full tutorial and build plans by Jenn from Build Basic

Do try this at home!

Want to recreate the kitchen signs we did at Haven?

Click on any of the images to download the files for the Kitchen Sign. And check out Shop.Dremel.com to learn more about the DigiLab Laser Cutter! We Created these stencils using our new Laser Cutter, to give you a precise outline to fill in using the Stylo+ to engrave

Congratulations to our winners!

We were super impressed with everyone’s projects, especially those who added their personal touch! Check out our winners of the hands-on-demo contest and follow @ourcraftymom @iamkenyarae and @somcbride for more project inspiration!

 

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Kara Cook for winning the Dremel Gorilla Glue in-booth sweepstakes! We hope you enjoy your suite of Dremel tools and Gorillas Glue products! Be sure to follow @creationsbykara and keep up with the latest on her blog for more DIY tutorials and craft project ideas!

 

Thank you everyone who came out to the Dremel and Gorilla Glue booth at Haven. We cannot wait to see your next project! Be sure to get $10 off the new Styo+ here using the exclusive coupon code “10HavenStylo” and share your creation with us using #sharemydremel

 

What was your favorite moment moment from Haven? What has been the biggest change for you in these past couple weeks since the conference?

Personalized Wedding Decor

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Whether a small, intimate gathering or an elaborately orchestrated celebration, there is one thing all weddings have in common: a day the special couple will remember forever. For many, there is a whole lot of planning leading up to the Big Day. Cue the Etsy shopping! From table décor and signage to jewelry and gifts for the bridesmaids or groomsmen, Etsy has nearly everything you need to add your personal touch to every detail of your Big Day. To help make your Etsy shopping decisions a snap, we collaborated with Oaky Designs, an Etsy shop that specializes in wood wood décor using beautiful calligraphy. The founder, Brittney, designed three pieces to engrave using the Digilab laser cutter: a modern guest ‘book’, table numbers, and a cake topper. The results are stunning!

The table number and cake topper are laser cut on solid walnut. This personalized wood décor has the kind of detail that will put your guests in awe.

A customized guest book, laser etched on quarter-inch birch, gives it that rustic-chic tone of a modern wedding.

Dream of setting up shop and selling your customized creations? Check out how you can make your business with the Digilab Laser Cutter here

Shopping for wedding décor? Check out Oaky Designs here

Wedding Content

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Whether a small, intimate gathering or an elaborately orchestrated celebration, there is one thing, all weddings have in common: a day the couple will remember forever. For many, there is a whole lot of planning leading up to that big day. Cue the Etsy shopping! From table décor and signage to jewelry and even gifts for the bridesmaids or groomsmen, Etsy has nearly everything you need to add your personal touch to every detail of your big day. We collaborated with OakyDesigns, an Etsy shop that personalizes wood décor with beautiful calligraphy and specializes in wedding décor. The founder, Brittney, designed three pieces for us to engrave using the Digilab laser cutter: a modern guest ‘book’, table numbers, and a cake topper. And the results? Stunning!

The table number and cake topper are laser cut on solid walnut. This personalized wood décor are the kinds of details that will put your guests in awe.

A customized guest book, laser etched on quarter-inch birch to give it that rustic-chic tone of a modern wedding.

Dream of setting up shop and selling your customized creations? Check out how you can make your business with the Digilab Laser Cutter here.

Shopping for wedding décor? Check out OakyDesigns here

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift for the Dad That Has It All

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For “The Dad That Has Everything,” finding the perfect Father’s Day gift can be a daunting task. This year, create a one of a kind gift for Dad that he can’t find anywhere else! The Hatch Photo Transfer Project Kit provides everything you need to transform any photo onto a set of wood coasters, including those flattering selfies you’ve taken together. Whether you decide to gift the completed project or the kit as a whole for the Dad that loves to create himself, the Hatch Photo Transfer Kit is an all-in-one project that encourages Makers at all skill-levels to “hatch” their out-of-the-box creative ideas.

Want to get even craftier with your Hatch Project Kit? #HackYourHatch and use your completed coasters to create a one of a kind sign that will show off your memories. Watch the video above to learn how!

Once you’re finished, don’t forget to share your design with us using #HatchPhotoTransfer! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Get your hatch here!