DIY Gift Ideas: Constellation Box and Tree Ring Coasters

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How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

I’ve wanted a Dremel rotary tool for roughly a decade thanks to first hearing about it from my artisan mom, so when I finally got my hands on this hot little tool that does a HUGE amount of tasks from crafts to DIY to hobbies I had a field day. But you’re not here to listen to my field day stories, you’re here because you’re curious about DIY gift ideas you can create with a Dremel Micro rotary tool. It’s seriously the most powerful cordless rotary tool Dremel has ever made. So let’s get to it!

 How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these creative DIY gift ideas!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

I decided to give it a test drive with two DIY gifts I was dreaming about. Ever since I read The Fault in our Stars last month I’ve been obsessed with constellations and images of stars. So the first gift idea is a wooden box with the Scorpion constellation on the top, which is a nod to my new nephew who’ll hopefully arrive next month since he’ll (hopefully!) be a Scorpio. The second gift is a coaster for my husband’s desk so he not only has a place to set his coffee while he works but gets a sweet little reminder that I’m thinking of him and want him to leave work early so I can have a break from the kids.

Starry Night Constellation Box:

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

Tree Ring of Love Coasters:

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

CARVED WOODEN BOX DIRECTIONS

Here’s what I started with, a plain wooden box from the craft store:

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

1. Print out constellation charts and cut out the image you wish to carve.

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

2. Place paper with constellation on top of the box. Since the wood is soft, I was able to use a pencil to push down and trace the constellation which left an indent in the wood. Remove the paper and you have a pattern to carve on the box.

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

3. If you want the image to “pop”, then stain the box first so that when you carve it it’ll be a different colored design. If it’s okay to have the image monochromatic, you can carve it and then stain it all over, when makes the image the same color as the box. I’m skipping ahead here, but this shows the difference between the two (the stars were carved after staining, and the heart and ‘me’ was before staining):

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

4.  The Dremel Micro is incredibly light and easy to use, with a nice softgrip handle and even a task light built in. Using the smallest carving tip, trace the image. Go slowly and carefully, don’t force it– the tool is a good one, let it do the work! You may need to go over it several times, which is better than trying to get it all at once.  If it’s unstained, give it a quick sanding with a sanding block. Note that I carved this twice– once before staining to see what it looked like, and once AFTER to make it a different color from the stained wood.

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

5. For a special touch, use the drill bit to drill a few holes around the side.

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

When a battery operated light is placed inside it looks beautiful!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

6. Blow off sawdust, and you’re done!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

TREE RING COASTERS

1. Sketch the design you wish to carve. I purchased the wooden slice at a craft store, and the wood is hard so you’ll need to use a different transfer method than the one above. I covered the back of the paper image with pencil, flipped it over, and traced it onto the wooden slice.

2. Carve it using the same tip as above. Blow off sawdust, sand lightly if you wish.

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

3. Cover with polyurethane and let dry. Give to your sweetie and enjoy!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

TIPS FOR USING THE DREMEL MICRO

* Practice, practice, practice! Practice using the various bits and also on different types of wood. I used the same bit for both the box and coaster despite that fact they had two different densities, and it did behave differently. So test it out first, then proceed!

* Make sure you’re using the right bit for the job. The instruction booklet outlines each piece and also desired speeds for using them for various tasks. The Dremel Micro is compatible with all Dremel accessories, so you can buy the ones you need if they don’t come in the kit.

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

* The power of the tool comes from the speed, so keep it charged to make sure it’s working at it’s best potential.

* When woodworking, gently blow away the sawdust as you work so you can see what you’re doing and so the tool doesn’t go in the wrong spot.

* Several light layers is better than using a heavy hand. Don’t rush, let the tool do all the work for you!

Yup, it might look small but this tool can can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish. I’m psyched to tackle my never ending home to-do list alongside my crafty DIY projects.  You can purchase the Micro 8050 online at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com for $89, or find out the nitty-gritty details and more project ideas at www.dremel.com.

Guess where I’m going right now? If you guessed ‘to do more projects’, you’re correct. If you guessed ‘eat some gluten-free pretzels’, you’re ALSO correct. Off to sand some rust from a metal garden sculpture and help my son personalize his wooden train set with my Dremel Micro. This tool really is the bomb dot com!

How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

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9 Comments

  1. What great ideas! Yes, I need ( I mean WANT) a Dremel. I have some projects to start working on soon. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! And yes, it’s definitely a NEED not just a WANT, haha! (no really, I’m wondering what I ever did before I had one…) Can’t wait to hear all the projects you tackle with it!

  2. Mom has one of those? I would love to make one for my husband’s stocking (I think it’s too late to start this as an anniversary project!). What a thoughtful, inexpensive gift!

  3. LOVE these!! They are so pretty and make gorgeous gifts. I also love ” The second gift is a coaster for my husband’s desk so he not only has a place to set his coffee while he works but gets a sweet little reminder that I’m thinking of him and want him to leave work early so I can have a break from the kids.” hahahahhahaha

  4. I bought this exact one for my husband for his birthday. I cannot tell you how much he loves this thing. I can’t get over it. He uses it for everything it seems!

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