Almost nine months after our daughter Essley was born, I am finally getting around to finishing up her nursery. I still need to hem the curtains, but other than that, the only final detail missing has been a table lamp. Her room is gray, white, and black with pops of vibrant primary colors, and I wanted something simple that would still be fun without being over-the-top. I already had a dark grey lamp shade, and I thought about decorating it with her name, but I didn’t want to use paint or stencils. The other day, while looking through all of the attachments of my Dremel® Micro™ 8050, I came up with the idea to use it to create cut-out style dots to form the letters of her name. I thought it would look so pretty to see the hints of light shining through when her room was dark, and it would be a sweet, subtle way to personalize it just for her. My husband and I worked on this project together, and we loved the way it turned out, so I’m sharing it with you guys. Obviously, this doesn’t have to be for a nursery or kid’s room either – you could use any name (or any word) you wanted.
- Dremel® Micro™ 8050
- Lamp base
- Lamp shade (cylinder or drum shape)
- Light bulb
- A measuring tape
- Masking tape
- A fine point marker
- Two copies of your name template (see details below)
1. Begin by creating your name template. To do this, measure around the circumference of your shade with a measuring tape, in order to get an idea of the width that you’ll need your name to be. You’re going to be “punching out” the name on two sides of your shade, so you’ll want the width of the name to measure 4-5 inches inches less than half of the circumference of the shade. Our shade measured 27.5 inches around, and half of that is 13.75 inches, so we made our name template 9 inches wide. Once you know the width you’ll need, create the template by choosing a dotted font, then typing out the text in the program of your choice. (I used Photoshop, and the font I used is called National First Font Dotted, which can be downloaded here. Another option is to create dotted text using a handwriting worksheet like this one.) After you’ve finished creating your template, print two copies and trim them down.
2. Next, attach the templates to the inside of the shade with tape. To do this in a way that is centered properly, start from the seam of your shade, measure a quarter way around in both directions along the bottom, and make a tiny mark on each side (on the inside at the bottom of the shade). Repeat this along the top. Then measure halfway from the top mark to the bottom mark on each side, and make another small mark on the inside of the shade at the halfway point for each side. Center your name templates on top of these marks (the middle mark on each side) on the inside of the shade, then attach with masking tape.
3. Use a fine tip marker to mark each dot on the outside of the shade. If you’re in a dark room, it may be difficult to see through to the templates, so make sure you’re in a well lit space. Although our shade was very dark grey, I did this sitting by a window and was able to see the template dots with no problem.
4. Now comes the fun part. Using your Dremel® Micro™ 8050 and the 105 attachment (carving/engraving), create small holes on each of the dots you drew in step 3. To do this, make sure you choose the highest speed (28), then set the tip on top of each dot to “drill out” your holes. Be gentle and let the tool do the work; the Dremel® Micro™ 8050 is the most powerful and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced, and will create perfect, uniformly sized holes with very little effort. Continue this with each dot until the names on each side are completed.
5. Put your shade on your lamp base, insert your lightbulb, turn on the lamp, and watch your name light up!
This project was a lot of fun, and I absolutely love the finished product. And best of all, it was easy – in large part thanks to the Dremel® Micro™8050. Most piercing tools would have caused the inside of the lamp shade to crack, but the Micro’s fluid movements prevented this and allowed for perfectly uniformed holes. This little tool is no joke. It’s super lightweight and easy to handle in tight spaces, but it’s packed with features that are heaven to a DIYer: a soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery. It can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish. It’s also fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories. We’ve already made a list of projects we plan to create with it soon. If you are into DIYs like we are, you can purchase a Micro 8050 of your own online at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com for $ 89 USD. For more information on Dremel products, project ideas and problem-solving tips, visit www.dremel.com.
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Have you ever done any craft projects involving lamps or lighting? Do you have any fun DIY projects or ideas involving a Dremel that you can share?
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