Mother's Day is almost here. (Yippee!) I adore this day of all days. Those kiddy smiles peeping out behind their gifts and that infectious, loving excitement. I bathe in that!
My own Mother's Day gifts are all taken care of, thanks to my exceptional personal shopping skills. They're either currently in the post, or have already arrived. I save my family so much trouble! (You're welcome guys.)
Tell me, do you buy your own Mother's Day gifts too? It's okay to 'fess up.
If not, then maybe your loved ones are having a degree of difficulty sourcing something that you'd like? Or perhaps you are looking for something for your own special mum?
If they're the crafty type, you're in luck with Dremel.
We've featured Dremel a number of times on Six Little Hearts now, and when it comes to cool tools, these are the ones to go for. These are not the beefy, house-building, scary-type tools we're talking about. These Dremel's are for the arty, crafty and craftsman types.
Personally, I love my collection of Dremel items. They're so handy about the place and versatile too. From repairs to projects, Dremel takes care of it all.
So yay to my latest Dremel additions in my growing arsenal.
Let's start with the ultra-cool Dremel Glue Gun 930. It sits nice and small in the hand. It's electrically powered with two heat settings (105 degrees and 165 degree settings) and wow - coloured glue sticks. Oh the fun!
These days I will admit to not finding the time to craft. When I do get the chance to work some making-magic, I want everything done yesterday. I am an impatient, 'I must conquer it right now type.' That means my projects and my tools have to keep up with me. I don't want excessive instructions or long waiting times when I craft.
So thumbs-up to the Dremel Glue Gun.
I have a rather extensive collection of vintage sewing notions, including buttons, and I have always intended on making some wow items with my buttons but, you know, time...
So today I took the plunge and made some nifty, pretty little pegs that can take care of all manner of things about my home.
I had some little wooden craft pegs I purchased a while back, as well as some washi tapes. Armed with my simple-to-use glue gun and an idea, I was in a making mood!
|Plug it in, switch it on, choose your temperature and squeeze the trigger to operate.|
I whipped together these attractive and versatile pegs in around 15 minutes. (See below.)
First, I cut the washi tape to fit over each peg's side and also left some pegs plain in order for their quaint, wood-grain effect to shine through. (If you intend to make these, you could also paint your pegs prior to decorating if you wish.)
Once the pegs were prepped and the gun was hot, (a wait of only a minute or so), I set about hot-gluing a dot onto each peg, (working one at a time with pink glue - squee!) and placed a carefully chosen vintage button onto each.
The pegs were done and dry in minutes, which is why crafters love working with hot glue in the first place. It's always precise, there's no slippage, it has strong hold and gives super-fast results.
Lastly, to seal overall, use a coating of Modge-Podge.
With the help of an adult, these are a gorgeous little inexpensive gift item for kids to craft this Mother's Day.
There are so many ways to display your vintage button creations. My toddler enjoyed helping to make a bunting to display photographs, which is a beautiful way to show your family photos or children's drawings around your home. (So perfect in a nursery or children's room too.)
Alternatively, cut small magnets and hot glue these to the backside of each peg and use the pegs as magnets on your fridge to hold photos, kids' drawings or school notices and bills.
My favourite use for my pegs though, is as book marks. They're so sweet to look at and the pegs really clamp onto your pages. These are ideal for holding your place in your cookbooks, your journal or diary.
The Dremel Hot Glue Gun 930 retails for RRP $35 and comes with 12 coloured glue sticks, 3 low temperature glue sticks and 3 high temperature glue sticks. (Plus built-in drip control.)
The Dremel Electric Engraver is our other newest Dremel to join our family. We're going to have some serious fun with this one! The engraver comes with a letter and number template and one carbide point.
Again, it's a great size for the hand and appears to be so simple to use. (Apologies but I couldn't get around to a demo in time for this post.)
This engraver can handle many materials including glass, metal, plastic, wood, ceramic and leather. It has a soft-grip body and variable stroke control which means fine lines and deep grooves are possible.
There are so many ways to use an engraver. From naming your stuff to glass etching and leather work, this is one tool that will be getting a workout around our home. The carbide engraving point (not shown), is fully replaceable too.
The Dremel Engraver Kit has a RRP of $39 and will give you years of versatile service.
Find Dremel at all good hardware stores Australia-wide or visit their website for more information.
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