Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY: Etched Mirror with Dremel Micro 8050

I really haven't done many holiday crafts this year. I've been so busy with work, and baby stuff....I barely had the time (or the energy!) to decorate as much as I wanted. But we did do one DIY Christmas project a few weeks ago. Adam surprisingly can draw super cute Christmas trees....

Safety Goggles

I had an old dusty $5 flea market mirror that was begging for a makeover. It looks like it was originally on a medicine cabinet. The hinged and glass knob were still attached but it was dirty and scratched up. It needed a new life.
Dremel sent us one of their Dremel Micro 8050 tools and we got to work!

I've never used a Dremel hand tool before, but this baby was EASY to use. I was surprised. The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced. 

We read the instructions and decided which attachment would be appropriate. 

We practiced on an old jar we had sitting around just to get a feel for how it worked.

Scout was interested too...

I stenciled out what I wanted on the mirror so we could trace over it. Adam hated my trees so insisted on free-handing them....(Secretly his looked nicer than mine in the end)

Then it was time to trace. The light on the Dremel was perfect. What a great idea.

See Adam's trees? They really are much cuter than mine. The Dremel was really precise so it would show if we messed up, but since we were going with the ~rustic flea market~ look we didn't mind if they were uneven.

I was the filler-in-er. Adam has a steadier hand than me so he did all the tracing and the free-handing of trees. I did most of the filling in on the letters.
Also the photographer and official dog snuggler. Those are both important tasks during DIY at our house.

After about 30 minutes of tracing and hemming and hawing over how much etching was too much. It was complete!

I propped the mirror up next to our fireplace and added a few snowy trees around it. It's behind our giant Christmas tree so in the evening the lights and ornaments sparkle off of the mirror. It's so pretty!

The snowy trees were an estate auction find (only $2 or $3 for all!) and the old wooden shoes are from a flea market. My husband's high school mascot was the ~Wood Shoes~ so there is reasoning behind having them--other than just old and cool looking!

A close up of the trees, with a nice sneak peek of our Christmas Tree this year. ( can see our tree last year right here. You will NOT believe how much it cost us. Seriously, you won't guess it so just go see!)

  • The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish—helping you bring just about any brilliant project to life.
  • Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.
  • You can purchase the Micro 8050 online or in stores at Home Depot and Lowe’s or at for $89 USD.
  • For more information on Dremel products, project ideas and problem-solving tips, visit

Do you have a Dremel Micro 8050

No? Do you want one now? It's not to late to add it to your Christmas list!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

1 comment:

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