Sunday, November 19, 2017

How to Make a Wooden Napkin Rings

Everyday objects can help young ones learn shapes and colors—and that is exactly what these napkin rings do. Plus they add a festive touch to your dining table.

Supplies for Making Napkin Rings

Equipment for Making Napkin Rings

  1. Print the pattern for the napkin rings and adhere to wood. Cover the surface of the wood with painter's tape. Next, spray the back of the pattern with spray adhesive, and adhere pattern to top of the painter's tape. The spray adhesive holds the pattern in place, and the painter's tape makes for easy removal.
  2. Use the band saw and scroll saw to cut out the napkin ring shapes. I do the straight cuts on the band saw, and the curves on the scroll saw.
  3. Straight cuts using the band saw
    Curved cuts using the scroll saw
  4. Drill a pilot hole to insert the scroll saw blade, and cut out the center ring on each shape.  Alternatively, these center holes can be cut using a forstner bit. 
  5. Sand the outer edges and rough areas using the disc sander or the Delta sander.
  6. Orient the rotary tool in the drill stand to a horizontal position and with a sanding disc, sand the interior edges of the center ring.
  7. Paint the napkin rings with FolkArt ColorShift paints. Set aside to dry.
  8. Finish with a final coat of Mod Podge.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Let It Snow Sign

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a fun new winter sign I've created for my house.   It was easily created with the help of some amazing Proxxon Tools.  I picked up this wood and metal sign in the clearance section because I knew it would be fun to alter.

Use a stencil to draw a snowman on a left over piece of a 12" x 12" panel of  Smoothfoam.  Alternatively, you could also freehand the snowman.

Using the Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter, I quickly cut off what I did not need.  If you haven't tried the Hot Wire Cutter yet, I will tell you that it heats up quickly and then cuts through Smoothfoam like it's butter. 

After removing the excess panel, I began cutting around the snowman.  The Hot Wire Cutter cuts so smoothly and easily.  Even the tiniest of areas are no problem to cut!  I always save my scraps because you never know when you'll need them!

I decided to upcycle the wood and metal sign so I painted it with gesso. I also painted the snowman with gesso. 

Using Plaid Metallic Paints in Antique Gold, Gunmetal Grey and Black, I painted both the snowman and the sign. 

Once the sign was dry, I used a stencil with molding paste to add stars to the background.  Then I added molding paste along the bottom to create the snow effect.

I then finished the snowman, tying a scarf around his neck.  A scrap of ribbon was added to create a nose and wiggly eyes were added.   Holly, ribbon and a pom pom finished him off.  

Let it Snow was die cut from white cardstock.  While still in the die, I painted the words with Antique Gold, the holly with Green Flash and the berries with Red Flash.

I added all elements to the sign with liquid adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to make an Easy Book Holder

How to make an Easy Book Holder for Moms who are Busy Holding Baby

Proxxon tools made this project as easy as pie.

Finished Project

Reminiscing on the days my boys were small and I would read to them, I remember it was hard juggling the boys and the book.  So I thought this project is easy enough for a beginner and the Christmas story can be used as holiday décor as well as for bedtime stories. The story cloth must be cut and made into the book prior to making this project. Unless you purchase it ready made, which  I did.


Proxxon Scroll Saw

Proxxon Table Saw

Proxxon Delta sander 

Sewing Machine

Wood of your choice and size ( Mine is 9.5" x 7")  x 2
2 small hinges & eight tiny screws
A piece of story cloth (Quilting Panel) from any sewing or material shop.  They always have several that tell a story. 
Plaid  Folk Art Paint

Step 1. I cut two pieces of wood to slip between the cloth covers of the book.  

Step 2.Then I sanded the wood and smoothed the edges using the Proxxon Delta Sander

Step 3. Using a seam ripper, I opened the middle and  bottom seams all the way across.
Opening seam across the bottom

 Step 4. Next I slipped the wood in the front cover then the second piece in the back cover. 

Step 5. Using the sewing machine closed the seams being careful to sew the middle seam perfectly straight.

Then hand stitched the seam all across the bottom.

Step 6.  Now to make the stand to hold the book

This is the pattern laid out on the wood in a manner to avoid wasting wood. 

With the Proxxon Scroll Saw I managed to navigate all the twists and turns.

Knowing the Proxxon  scroll saw would make the sharp turns made me more confident. 

Cutting out the stand with the Proxxon scroll saw was a breeze. 

Now to get the pieces and sand them smooth 

Next step is  painting the stand 

Next and last of the steps, the hinges 

Back of stand 

So you can see the way the hinges are attached.

Stand completed the two hinges and eight small screws
Was painted with Plaid Folk Art
Metallic Christmas Green # 491

Finished Project 

I have enjoyed doing the project which was a bit less complicated
than the last few but would make a nice gift for neighbors, 
teachers, and or anyone who decorates for the holiday.
It's a great gift for giving and reading to children with lovely pictures for
them to enjoy. If you did not want to make it a book you could
always just use a decoupage panel on a stand. Think
outside of the box for your own version of this project.. 
Thank you for visiting and for your comments.
I appreciate you and your time.  I also thank Proxxon and
Plaid for sponsoring these blogs. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Wooden Tree made with Proxxon Tools

Since I have acquired so many Proxxon Tools to make my project making easier, I have branched out in my woodworking. Take a look at this Christmas tree:

Supplies used in this project:

Proxxon Table Saw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Drill
Plaid Ultra Dye
Plaid Folk Art Stain- 2802 Oak
Wood for the tree
Sponge brush

 I started out by gathering pieces of 1x4 and laid them out and marked the cutting lines. You have to look close to see the pencil lines on each side.
I then cut out my boards using my Proxxon Table Saw.
I then laid them out on the garage floor to see how they looked and if I had cut them right. Then I used my Proxxon Delta Sander to sand out any rough spots.

I had a piece of 1x2 that I cut down to fit the tree and set it aside.
I used the Plaid Ultra Dye-Emerald to color the boards on the tree part.
I thought the color just looked luscious after it was applied and dried. I used a brush to put it on and then used a rag to wipe any extra off. One of my dogs (Buddy) came out in the garage to check things out and got into the picture.

While the dye was drying on the body of the tree, I made a base for the tree and inserted the backer stick to it and used this Plaid Stain-Oak which was water based to stain it.
After everything was dry I used screws and my Proxxon Drill to attach the main body of boards to the stand.
Didn't this tree just turn out awesome? I haven't decided as to how I'm going to use it or embellish it yet and I thought I would leave that part up to your own imagination.
It may be a little difficult to see but the tree is approximately two and one half feet high. I've really been leaning toward cutting out "Merry Christmas" in vinyl letters to put across the front and setting it in my foyer during the Christmas Season. What are your thoughts? I appreciate any and all comments left here and I can promise you that I read each one. I hope that you have all checked out Proxxon Tool website and maybe even bought yourself a tool or two. Remember Christmas is coming up and you can always put one or two tools on your Christmas Wish list.


Little Decorative boxes

How to make a pretty little decorative box using the Proxxon scroll saw

It's Carol 's turn.   Today I want to share with all of you how to make a little decorative boxes the easy way with Proxxon tools.   Actually you get 2 little boxes when you do it this way. 

Equipment/ Supplies:

wood glue
double sticky tape
small hinges   (2 for each box)
2 pieces of contrasting thin wood 1/8" to 1/2" thick.  4" x 16"    (choose 1 light colored wood and 1 dark for maximum contrast)
lacquer or spray for finish
felt or flock (optional) to line interior. 

I started out with a simple plan to make a little box    Here is my layout. 

Cut 2 sets   (one from each strip of wood)

I use the Proxxon mini table saw for all my straight cuts.  It makes it easy to stay square. 

After getting all my pieces cut, I used double sticky tape to tape the light colored lid to the dark colored lid so they would act as one unit while I cut them on the scroll saw.   It is important that they don't shift while cutting or they will not fit properly in the end.   For added protection I used paper tape also.   This served a second purpose as I was able to draw my pattern onto it rather than onto the wood. 

Now its time for the fun part.  I love using  my proxxon scroll saw.   It has 2 speeds and is really smooth.   Generally I like to start out slow then pick up the speed when I can. 

Untape the pieces and look what we got.   😃   It looks like a puzzle.  😟

Ok first things first.   Sand the edges using the Proxxon delta sander.   This gets into all the curves with ease.   I rounded the top edges of the light colored inlay because   I thought it would look pretty just slightly higher than the background.   Rounding the edge makes it look soft. 

Now glue them in so that the centers are one wood and the background the other wood.   See you get 2 lids!  I held them in place with rubberbands.  Let dry. 


Next lets make some boxes for our lids to sit on.   Its easy.  Glue the long sides onto the bottom.  Measure the length of the shorter sides as these will sit inside the longer sides so they will be a bit shorter.   Glue them to the bottom.   Take care to make it as square as possible.  I use the lid set on top to help with this,   (but don't glue the lid 😨)   I rounded the corners using the proxxon delta sander

if you want to get fancy, cut the sides
like we cut the top.

Let everything dry and add the hinges.   I predrilled the holes using the proxxon rotary tool

I finished with some water based polyurethane. 

For personalized gifts instead of the vine pattern a special person's name could be inlayed. 
I'm going to pick up a little latch and tiny little lock and make mine a worry box, or maybe my prayer box, jewelry box. memory box...

This project was fun.   Give it a try. 

See you next time!