You guys, I am SO fired up for today’s post! This is such an easy fall project (or anytime of year project!) that anyone of any skill level can do. I know, because it was my first time ever. This is a tale of how I lost Dremel-ginity.
I was contacted by Coupons.com and asked if I’d like to participate in a fall project extravaganza. I said HECK TO THE YES! I LOVE Coupons.com. I’ve been using the site forever. As any true DIYer, I’m always focused on saving money. And Coupons.com has coupons for everything from groceries to home improvement supplies. Did you know they even have coupons for POWER TOOLS?! My favorite ever. Go look around and I guarantee you’ll find something worth saving money on.
I was able to find a coupon for a Dremel, and I’ve been wanting one FOREVER. It was like the stars aligned. What’s so great about a Dremel you ask? It is the Swiss army knife of power tools. It’s a multi-tool with interchangeable bits. To name a few functions, it can etch glass, etch wood, carve wood, burn wood, drill, polish, sand, route and so much more.
I have never used a Dremel before, so when I picked it up, I made sure practice on a block of wood first so I could get the feel for it.
For my fall project I wanted to etch a piece of subway art. I picked up a piece of craft wood 2’X4′ in the hobby section of Home Depot for $6. I got to staining it right away.
I taped the template to the board and lightly traced the outline with the Dremel.
The Dremel came with a few standard bits, and I used one of them to etch/carve it out. For your reference, I used a 192. It looks like this:
After the board was roughed in, I buckled down and started etching.
Except, I forgot one MAJOR thing. I have carpel tunnel. And using a Dremel kills after about 45 mins. One thing I’ve learned in all my projects is that you have to be adaptable and change plans sometimes. I just had to accept that there was no way in the world I would finish the entire board. To give you an idea of the scale, here it is on the mantle.
Yeah. Not happening. Dremel, I love you, but I can’t handle that much of you. So I found a way to change it up and shorten it.
It was a shift in gears, but I thought it came together nicely. It could be an inside sign, but I decided to drill a couple holes and thread some twine through, to hang it on the front door.
I would like to thank Coupons.com for providing me with a gift card to Home Depot to get my supplies for this project. And I encourage you to check out the site so you can score sweet discounts on the same supplies.
But I have extra good news for you! They are giving away a $200 gift card to a lucky reader! The give away will be open for a week. It’s open for US residents only.
These other awesome bloggers are also involved in the Fall Project Extravaganza, and you should definitely check out their awesome fall projects!