How to create a DIY heart garland

03 Jul 2018

Take a look at this tutorial for creating a DIY heart garland using Dremel tools

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Weddings are a joyous occasion to celebrate the love between two people and what better way to commemorate this than adding personalised features to the day itself and make your wedding stand out from the rest. 

Whether it’s table decorations, wedding favours or gifts for your bridal party, Dremel offers a variety of tools to help put your own stamp onto items for the big day. Here’s Dremel’s tutorial for making your very own DIY heart garland, perfect for decorating your venue.

You will need -

Tools:

  • Dremel Moto-Saw
  • Dremel 4200 High-Performance Rotary Tool
  • Dremel MS51 Wood & Plastic Cutting Blade
  • Dremel MS53 Metal Cutting Blade

Materials:

  • 1 x Dremel 150 1/8" Drill Bit
  • 1 x soft craft wood (plywood or balsa)
  • 1 x thin stamped metal (available at your local hardware store)
  • Chains (available at most craft stores) or an old necklace
  • 20 x small metal clips
  • 19/16 inch screw eyes
  • 1 x removable picture mounting strips
  • 1 x pliers

To reduce the risk of injury, user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project, wear eye and respiratory protection and use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.

How to -

Step 1:

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Start by drawing out your design or use a template. In this example, the team at Dremel used 1/2" plywood and stamped metal, drew out their template first on paper and then tacked it to the material to guide their cut. Download Dremel's heart templates to trace or create your own design.

Step 2:

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Cut along your template pattern using the Dremel Moto-Saw. Mount your Moto-Saw base station to any table you'd like to work on and snap the tool into place. Place your MS51 Wood and Plastic Cutting blade into your tool. You can distinguish this blade by comparing it to other blades in your kit. You'll notice that the teeth on this blade are placed further apart and are larger compared to other accessories.

Step 3:

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Install your accessory, place your plywood under the foot of your tool and lower the foot. Plug in the tool and set the speed to (6), turn the tool on and begin cutting along your tracing. Make sure to let the speed of the tool do the work and gently guide the material through the blade.

Step 4:

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Once you have cut out all of your pieces, paint or decorate them. Dremel recommends painting both sides as they will be exposed as the decorations twist and move. Allow for your pieces to dry before moving onto Step 5.

Step 5:

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Prepare your heart pieces to hang. Insert a 1/8" Drill Bit 150 into your 4200 tool, set the speed to 15 and drill pilot holes to secure screw eyes to your pieces so that you can connect them with a chain.

Step 6:

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Next, attach all pieces together with the chain you chose. To do this, you will first need to attach screw eyes at the top and bottom of your pieces. Remember to only screw the eyelet to the top of the last piece in your chain. You can also use pliers to take apart your chain and break it up into sections to add between the pieces. For added colour you could string beads onto the chain.

Step 7:

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To attach the decorations to a shelf, add clips to the top of each chain, then attach removable wall hooks underneath the shelf (hook opening facing outward). Clip your strands to the hooks and you're done.

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