Friday, December 8, 2017

A New DIY made with Proxxon Tools for the Christmas Season

I did a little wood working for this post using my Proxxon Tools to make it much simpler to achieve.
I have made a wooden sleigh to use as an arrangement holder but it could also be used to put Christmas candy in or possibly to put Christmas cards that you receive in.

Here is a list of supplies needed for the project:

Proxxon Table Saw
Proxxon Scroll Saw
Proxxon Rotary tool w/ sanding barrel
Acrylic Paint Red
Acrylic Paint Black
Small Nails
Cardstock paper to draw pattern on
Paint Brush
Embossing Pen/clear
Embossing Powder/Gold
Heat Gun
Plywood 3/8" thick
Plywood 1/4" thick
Artificial gold poinsettias and artificial gold greenery

I started out by drawing a pattern of the project that I was going to make. The straight line pieces I was able to draw directly unto the wood and the curved pieces I drew out unto a piece of cardstock and then traced unto the wood. The pieces were as follows, which will give you an idea of the size of the piece so that you can draw your own pattern:
 2  Sled sides approx 8"- T X 6 1/2"- L X 3/8"
 1  Sled seat back approx. 4 1/2"T X 5 1/2"W X 3/8"
 1  Sled seat bottom approx. 4 1/2"X Sq. X 3/8"
 1  Sled foot piece 4 1/2"W X 2 1/2"T X 3/8"
 2  Sled Skids/Skis 8 1/2" L X 2" T 1/4"
All cut to shape as shown
I used my Proxxon Table Saw to cut all the straight lines.
And I used my Proxxon Scroll Saw to cut out all of the curved pieces.
Once all of the pieces were cut out I used my Proxxon Rotary Tool with a sanding barrel to smooth out all of the edges.
I then painted all of the pieces and left a spot to center my skids/skis on the inside of the sides.
I nailed my back, bottom and foot together first and then nailed the sides (which I had already nailed the skids/skis to) to them. This picture gives you an idea of how the sled is put together.

This is what the sled looked like once it was all nailed together. However, I then used an Embossing Pen to put embossing glue unto the sled and added Embossing Powder/Gold to that and used my Embossing Gun to heat the Embossing Powder up. When that was all complete, I arranged some artificial Poinsettias and embellishments in it and this is what it looked like all completed.
I plan on using this sled as part of my Christmas decorating. It wasn't a terribly complex project and it packs a lot of punch as far as decorating goes I think. If you haven't done so, I would really appreciate you going to the Proxxon website and checking out all the wonderful tools that they have. Who knows, you might want to ask Santa for one or two. Please leave a comment here and let me know what you thought of the project and tutorial. Thank you.


How to make a Christmas bowl from a 7 x 7 piece of wood

How to make a little Christmas bowl from a small piece of wood.

Supplies and tools needed: 

7 x 7 x 1/2" piece of wood
wood glue
Plaid paints

Let's do this:

I started with a 7 x 7 x 1/2 inch piece of clear wood.  I believe mine was aspen wood.   I sanded it smooth using the Proxxon OZI/E detail sander    Using my ruler I drew lines around the edges at 1/2" increments.  These will be the squares I will cut out

Each square required an inside cut so it was necessary to drill a small hole in one corner of each square to slide the scroll saw blade through.    No worries, the blades are very thin so the hole can be very small and will be sanded away easily later.

arrows showing the small holes

Cut out all the squares and you end up with this.

Sand them all good using the trusty Proxxon OZI/E detail sander

Next I alternately painted them red and white using plaid paints.

Next we need a drop of glue in each corner and we will align the squares how we like them. 

Oh I painted a little snowman on the solid little square.  😊

I decorated the parts of the squares that can be seen from the top with candy canes, trees and snowflakes.   Then I found some plates and bowls around the house that just happened to fit and set them in.  You can see that you can make this a candy dish, a candle holder or...

a little candy dish
candle holder

I added a small string of lights to this one.

Just one more thing.  when I was cutting these squares I thought they would also make a nice little photo collage when glued together
  check it out.

I always have fun with my Proxxon tools.  They are easy to handle and take the intimidation right out of the project.  Made for the crafty, casual or serious woodworker.  Go have some fun and make something.

Till next time,  Happy Holidays,  Carol

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Joy

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a fun new Christmas sign I've created for my home this season.   It was easily created with the help of some amazing Proxxon Tools.  And with Christmas just a few weeks away, it's a great addition to my home's seasonal décor.

Using a plate as a template, I drew an ornament shape on plywood and just free handed the top of the ornament.

I used the Proxxon Jigsaw to cut out the ornament.

Once theornament was cut, I used the Delta Sander to sand down the rough edges.

Using Plaid Ultra Dye in Infra Red, I painted the ornament using a brush from the Plaid Ultra Dye Brush Pack.  Then I used a stencil with molding paste to create a 3 dimensional design.

Once the molding paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and sprayed on some glimmer mist.

Using the Precision Rotary Tool with a small bit, I drilled several holes in the panel.  I wanted to add some foliage and needed a way of anchoring the foliage in place.

I created a bow using the Bowdabra then tied the bow to the foliage. 

I wrapped thin wire around the foliage and then threaded it through the holes in the ornament.  Although it looks lovely, I felt my ornament needed a little "something".

So I decided to paint the edges of the ornament with Folk Art Brushed Metal Acrylic Paint in Silver.  Then, Joy was die cut from cardstock and Rinea Foiled Paper and added.  Finally, foil was added to the top to finish the ornament look.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to Make a Windowsill Village Using Scrap Wood

I love involving my grand daughters in my projects, and this windowsill village was a great hit with them. Not only did they get to paint the buildings, but they had a toy village when the project is complete. Added bonus for me: it was made from scraps of wood left over from previous projects.
Windowsill Village

Supplies and Equipment:

  1. Gather your wood scraps and leftovers. 
  2. Decide on the size of your village buildings. There is no exact size for the village buildings. Here are the measurement for mine:
      • Pink: 4¼" x ¾" x ½"
      • Melon: 2" x ¾" x ¾"
      • Lavender: 4¾" x 5/8" x ¾"
      • Chartreuse: 3¼" x 1" x ¾"
      • Purple: 1½" x ¾" x ¾"
      • Blue: 3¾" x ¾" x 5/8" 
  3. Use the bandsaw to cut the building shapes.
  4. Sand each of the shapes on the disc sander. Use the angle gauge to accurately sand roof lines.
  5. Use FolkArt ColorShift acrylic paints to paint each building.

  6. Add windows and doors. I cut vinyl on my Zing electronic cutter, but you could add windows and doors with acrylic paints or permanent markers. You could also omit the windows and doors, and sand edges for a rustic look.
  7. Seal everything with a coat of Mod Podge.
  8. Enjoy your windowsill village. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

How to Make a Kachina White Moon Maiden

How to Make a Kachina White Moon Maiden

This was a bit of a challenge but the Proxxon Micromot
Tools made it possible for me to complete the project.

Tools Required

Proxxon Jig Saw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Power Carver
Drill and small drill bit


Hair @ Dollar Tree 
WelBond, Glue Hobby Lobby
Beads, Walmart
Stones for hem, Walmart
Plaid Folk Art Paints (entire project was painted with Plaid Paints)
Gold spray glitter

I started This project with a small but rather tall body gourd.
Then added a  medium  ball off  the top of a second gourd for the head.
Roughed in the eyes on the head.

I then painted the head and face with Plaid folk art paint

Afterwards I started working with the hair.
It is attached to a plastic band meant to fit around a child's head.
I removed it carefully as it was glued on. 

I then added it to the doll head and started styling it to look like something I wanted.

When this was finished the hair was still very thin so I added a second piece of  hair.
I had braided the first hair and made a crown on the top, now I added the second piece trimmed the length and combed  through it as best I could, and used a little hair spray to tame the fly a way's.
The hair is tricky so I suggest you work with it now until you are satisfied.  Place some glue on the hair to hold it how you want it.

Next while this  is setting up some I started on the body.

After I drilled some starting holes I used the Proxxon Jig Saw to cut out stars and moons on each side of the dress.

Now I painted the body white and it took three coats to cover it well, then sprayed a light coat of gold spray glitter to add some sparkle. 

After it was painted I started adding stones to the hem. I drilled small holes and used wire to attach 
the stones to the gourd.  I wound the wire on the inside to tighten the stones, Then I glued the wire down and taped it close to the gourd. That will hold the stones tight to the gourd.

Next I made the neckless and added it to they body gourd. I also added a bit of ribbon to the neck to make a collar effect. Then I used puff paint on the ribbon to bring it all together. 

Here the doll is finished  and the second hair piece has been added to the head, glued,
and dried in place. 

A base was made for the doll. It was carved with the Proxxon Power Carver and decorated with turquois stones.

Next I added some detail to the hair ribbon

Now the white Moon Maiden is completed

I enjoyed making this project It is a original and you are welcome to use it, but would appreaicite it if you would also give me credit for the design,
I thank my friends, Proxxon and plaid for your support, without all of your help this would not be possible.    

Thanks everyone,   Misty