Carving ideas using a dremel tool

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Carving ideas using a dremel tool
Let the Dremel tool bit do the work for you. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

A Dremel is a valuable tool for any small craft and building project. Each drill bit has a different function, which makes every traditional carving technique achievable Whether it has a cord or it is cordless, a Dremel tool allows a crafts person to carve details and work with small pieces. Use a Dremel for projects when hand tools are too big, or when power tools such as an electric screw gun are too heavy.

Food Crafts

Food crafts are a great way to liven up a picnic or reception. Many projects require light power tools, such as pumpkin carving. With a Dremel in hand, food carving is fun. You can carve a watermelon into a fruit basket or a fun hat for kids. Rotary drill bits allow you to carve shapes and round edges. Another idea is to carve shapes out of a sheet of marshmallow treats. Three dimensional shapes can be made and built up to make a larger structure.


Signs can be carved out of wood. Some signage project ideas using a Dremel include a house number in relief. You can made a decorative sign for your home by carving traced numbers and cut them out of an old paddle. Or carve your own desk name plate. It takes time, but with the right Dremel attachment, the project can be completed faster than using hand tools. Personalised gifts can be carved with your favourite person's name carved into wood.

Wood Inlay Techniques

Inlaid wood is a decorative design technique for furniture and crafts, a piece of fine wood inlaid into a recess carved into the larger wood piece. For a project like this, you need a router bit and attachment for your Dremel. Trace the shape and carve it out. Use a little bit of glue and tap the inlaid piece into the larger piece with a rubber mallet. You can make a custom chess board or game table.

Carving Jewelry

Carve your own jewellery. Dremel tools are great because they can carve any type of material. Traditional jewellery tools are attached to a work station and have a long flexible shaft that can get in the way of a project. Dremel tools are designed to get in small areas, which makes it a perfect companion to a jewellery project. You can carve shells and wood beads for a necklace. Link soda tabs by carving a small piece out and linking them like a chain.

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