Christmas is right around the corner and I am finally done decorating the inside of the house. If I can keep it clean for a few days I will share some pictures for a Christmas home tour. In the meantime, feel free to check out last year’s Christmas tour. I have been busy finishing up a few last minute decorating projects. This DIY project I made with my Dremel Micro 8050, has to be one of my favorites. It was hard to photograph because the effect is so subtle, but my Christmas etched mason jars turned out so pretty!
- Dremel Micro 8050
- Mason jars
- Printed pictures to use as a guide (optional)
- Epsom salt and tea light candles.
Start by cleaning your jars really well. Next, choose an image you want to etch onto your jar. I found three images: a snowflake, a pine tree and the words, “Merry Christmas“.
Note: Two of the images are from my paid subscription to Graphic Stock, but if you do a Google image search, you can find just about any image you want to print out.
Next, you will trim your image to fit in your jar and tape it to the inside of the jar. I, of course, used washi tape, but you could use scotch tape or painters tape.
Using your carbide cutter that comes with your Dremel Micro 8050, carefully etch your image onto the glass. Go slow and hold your hand steady. The Dremel Micro 8050 is awesome to use on a project like this. It is light weight, has a soft grip and it has an LED light on the front-end so you can see exactly what you are doing. I love that it is battery powered so that you don’t have to deal with a cord. This makes it such a precise tool!
I went slow and really carefully, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you are really creative you could free-hand an image as well. The more you go over the same spot, the more etched it becomes. I held the tool like a pencil and had great hand control with these small designs.
I started with the tree which was the most forgiving image. I then did the snowflake. And I ended with the Merry Christmas. That one was definitely the hardest, but it turned out so great.
I added some epsom salts in the bottom of the jars and added tea light candles. I wrapped the metal part of each tea light with washi tape to make them more festive!
You can purchase the Micro 8050 online or in stores at Home Depot and Lowe’s or at Amazon.com for $89 USD.
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