Friday, November 24, 2017

A Christmas Nativity made with the help of Proxxon Tools

Yes the Christmas Season is now officially here, we all made it through Thanksgiving and all of the food that comes with it. I would like to show you how I made a wonderful Nativity with the help of some of my trusty Proxxon Tools.

Supplies needed for this project:

Proxxon Jig Saw
Proxxon Sander
1 Medium Martin Gourd with a thick neck
pencil and eraser
Small nativity scene
light with cord
small piece of lightweight wood cut into a round piece.
 Acrylic paint
glitter and glitter paint

To begin this project I drew the portions that needed to be cut out unto the gourd. I then cut them out with the Proxxon Jig Saw. I sanded any areas that might need it with my Proxxon Delta Sander. Then I got down to the business of turning this gourd into a Nativity! I taped off the bottom of the gourd and painted the upper portion of it with a Prussian Blue acrylic paint and finished off the inside with glitter, glitter and more gold glitter! I then drilled the hole for the light and also put up a small barrier in front of the light to block too much light from shining out into someones face. I glued the round wooden piece to the inside of the gourd. I painted the round piece a tan color. Make sure that you seal and then seal again, the inside and outside of the gourd. Once that is done you can safely put your straw down with some glue and the nativity also.

I know the pictures aren't going to do this piece justice because it is just beautiful. Once everything was glued in place with E6000 glue I let it dry and then put down some straw and the nativity scene.

Isn't this so pretty? I'm in love with it.
Here's how it looks with the lights out. This piece is just very special and is going to be loved
You really owe it to yourself to check out all of the wonderful tools that Proxxon Tools has to offer for you to use on your projects.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

How to make a simple 2 tier hanging shelf

How to make a simple 2 tier hanging shelf

I made this shelf with a little boy in mind.  I know that he loves cars and his dream is a red car with black racing stripes.

The beauty of this project is that it can be made any size to fit a small or large space and it just needs a flat piece of wall to hang on.       and...        it is so simple to make. 

Equipment and Supplies:

small hammer
2 belts  (I got mine at the thrift store)
2 pieces of wood for shelves
4 small nails
2 cup hooks
2 small blocks of wood  1x1x1
wood glue,
varnish spray ( I used krylon triple thick glossy)

Ok first step, lets gather our equipment and get going.

Using the proxxon mini table saw cut your boards to the length desired.  The widths can be different but the lengths should be the same. 

Using the proxxon scroll saw cut out some notches where the belts will rest.  Then sand all the edges smooth using the proxxon delta sander

Check to see how it is going to hang.  Mark your belts where they fit in the notches.

Paint it however you want, then spray the shelves with a sealer or varnish of your choice. 
Put the shelves back on the belt.  Use the proxxon rotary tool to predrill your nail holes through the belt and the shelf edge.
Carefully tap in the nail so that your shelves will not slip.   You may need a nail set if your belts are narrow and your hammer head is larger than you notches. 


The hanger I made by screwing the cup hook through the belt into the little wood block which I had already painted black to match the belt


2 nails or screws on the wall will hold up this little shelf.  If it's going to hold heavier items molly bolts or dry wall anchors would be recommended.

Now that was pretty easy, wasn't it?   I had fun making it.  Hope you liked it too.

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.