I really love mixing different materials, so when I recently had the opportunity to mix embroidery with wood, I jumped at the chance and came up with this adorable heart cross stitched wood door hanger. It didn’t take very long to make, and it only cost me about $1.25!
I’ve heard Dremel’s claims that “The Micro 8050 is the most ‘brilliantly powerful’ and precise cordless rotary tool that [we have] ever produced,” and it definitely piqued my interest. Now, my husband is an electrical contractor, and my dad is a general contractor, so I’ve been surrounded by tools all of my life. Over the years, I have seen quite a few different Dremel tools in their workshops, and they were all pretty awesome, so I admit that I was a bit curious about the “most brilliant” hype. After doing some research, I loved the fact that the cordless Micro 8050 comes with its own recharging dock, and there’s even a built-in LED front light for working in dark spaces. That is pretty brilliant! The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish, so it’s perfect for bringing all kinds of different projects to life.
To create my home decor project, I used an inexpensive wooden door hanger that I had picked up at the craft store for $1. The wood is ultra thin and soft, so I decided to use the Dremel engraving cutter to make small holes in the wood for cross stitching. I was pleasantly surprised with how lightweight the Dremel Micro 8050 is! It didn’t cause my hand to cramp up or fatigue, and the grip was soft and comfortable.
I drew a series of dots on the wooden door hanger with pencil and then went over the dots with the Dremel tool. Let the Dremel do all of the work – there’s no need to push or use force. It may be small, but Dremel packed a ton of power inside of that little Micro 8050 package! The engraving bit went through the wood like butter, and the rechargeable battery lasted for a lot longer than I expected. The boys and I played around with it for a solid hour, the battery indicator showed that it was still almost completely charged.
My holes only went about halfway through the thin wood, but you could see the dot pattern emerge on the backside, so I flipped it over and repeated the process until they punched through. Obviously the engraving cutter is meant to rout and engrave rather than drill holes in wood, so I wouldn’t recommend this project unless your wood is incredibly thin (about 1/8″ or less). I just couldn’t help myself though – the bit made the perfect sized holes for cross stitching, and it only took a tiny fraction of the time that it would have taken with a regular drill! Stay tuned though, I have a couple of holiday projects in mind that will show off some of the other awesome things that the engraving cutter can do!
I adore the finished project, and I couldn’t be happier with it! I think I’ll have to make a few more with different stain and floss color combinations now. They’re so sweet, and I think they would make great inexpensive homemade holiday gifts, too!
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