Introduction: Kitchenaid and Power Drill Christmas Ornaments

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Every holiday season, my wife complains about how we don't have any cool handmade ornaments to hang on our Christmas tree. This year I agreed to finally start the tradition of making the members of our family a new ornament each year.

I made a replica of my wife's Kitchen Aid stand mixer for her, and a copy of my cordless drill for myself.

I began this project with just a few bits of scrap wood, and after many hours of work, these are what I ended up with. I hope you like them. Thanks for taking the time to check this out.

Step 1: Shaping the Drill

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The drill was fairly straight-forward, so I'll begin with it.

I drew out the shape of a drill on some scrap material, and used a jigsaw to cut it out. I used my rotary tool to further carve down the shape. Sanding attachments were used to smooth out the shape, and it was finish sanded by hand.

Clamps were used to carefully hold down the item to my table as I worked on it.

Step 2: Painting Base Coat on Drill

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The piece was primed and then sanded with 220 grit sandpaper. It's important to always prime and sand before the final color is added. It makes all the difference.

Light coats of yellow spray paint were added. The key to a good finish is to spray on many light coats rather than a couple of heavy ones.

Step 3: Mixer Top Section

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The top of the mixer was carved from a couple of pieces of an old broom handle.

Wood filler was used to fill in cracks, and a small dowel was added to complete the front detail of the mixer top.

Step 4: Mixer Stand

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A jigsaw was used to cut out the pieces for the stand. These were all glued and clamped together.

I used my rotary tool to carve down the shape and sand it smooth. Wood filler was used to fill in any gaps and cracks, and the piece was finish sanded with 220 by hand.

Step 5: Mixing Bowl

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The bowl was made from two pieces of wood glued together, and then shaped with the rotary tool using various bits. This was finish sanded by hand with 220.

Step 6: Connect Mixer Top to Stand

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The mixer top was glued to the stand with the help of a small dowel to strengthen the bond. The bowl was not attached at this point.

Step 7: Painting Base Coat on Mixer

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The mixer and bowl were primed and sanded, and received their base coats of paint.

Step 8: Drill Details

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Basic details for the drill were painted on with a small brush. Finer details were painted on using toothpicks or drawn on with a sharpie.

A 1/16" bit was glued into the drill using super glue.

Step 9: Mixer Details

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The mixer and bowl details were added in the same fashion as the drill, using a fine brush, toothpicks, and a sharpie.

The knobs are the ends of sewing pins, painted and glued into pre-drilled holes.

The bowl was glued to the mixer base with wood glue after the paint was scraped away from the areas to be glued. A small piece of dowel was painted and added to represent the mixing attachment.

After all the paint and sharpie marks were thoroughly dry, both the drill and the mixer were sprayed with a few coats of crystal clear acrylic gloss spray to finish them off.

Step 10: Finishing Touches

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Screw eyes were added along with some silver thread to compete the ornaments.

That's it. Thanks again for looking!


sclements3 (author)2015-12-20

Your skills are amazing! ? You could make doll house accessories and just sooo many other things. And forget the 3d printer. There's nothing like great woodwork!

seamster (author)sclements32015-12-20

Thank you for the kind compliment!

Yonatan24 (author)2015-09-17

Couldn't you also make this with a 3D printer?

seamster (author)Yonatan242015-09-17

Definitely, I can't see why not :)

brittney.lahr.7 (author)2014-11-21

Do you sell these? Ive been looking for a stand mixer ornament everywhere

epicTCK (author)brittney.lahr.72015-08-13

yeah me too lol

epicTCK (author)epicTCK2015-08-13

Very detailed by the way. MY pupils just got dilated so I couldn't tell the difference between the real and fake! nicely done

NathanSellers (author)2015-05-12

These really are cool. Well crafted.

seamster (author)NathanSellers2015-05-13

Hey, thanks!

lbresler (author)2014-08-25

Haha this is awesome! Especially like the KitchenAid :D

tys grandma (author)2013-10-15

very talented

spikes0577 (author)2012-12-04

Its crazy awesome! Love those ornaments dude!

Nick70587 (author)2012-07-12

These are awesome. You are very talented sir.

tchitwood (author)2011-01-17

These are the coolest! Very nice work. :) I love power tools and my KA mixer so I just love these!

supersoftdrink (author)2011-01-14

$10??? No way... $30-50 at the very least... these are hand carved by an artisan, not factory made or turned out by some sweat shop.

If you wanted to sell these for what they're worth, I'd suggest having them as custom orders... post pictures of past ones in the process of being made, allow customers to choose an appliance they'd like made and have them click "i agree" to whatever lead time you want to list. It might take a little effort finding your target market, but I wouldn't suggest underpricing.

There are people who pay for quality. Google "doll house miniatures," for example... some pieces sold for a dollar, some pieces for over $100. In art, price is based on perception.

You just need to educate potential customers on the time involved in crafting each piece.

seamster (author)supersoftdrink2011-01-14

Thank you, I appreciate your comments!

DIY Dave (author)2011-01-06

These are awesome. When I first saw the thumbnail picture I thought it was a real drill and kitchen aid.

seamster (author)DIY Dave2011-01-06

That's the ultimate compliment! Thank you!

yokozuna (author)seamster2011-01-07

I only noticed too late to vote for you... it was only after I realized that was a ruler in your main image that I stopped and was like, wait a sec, what's going on here! Great project, 5 stars, and good luck.

seamster (author)yokozuna2011-01-07

Yep, I had to switch my main photo for this current one that includes the ruler, because a couple of people mentioned being confused at first. I'm glad you liked this!

Galonii (author)2011-01-07

looks to me like you have the starts for a new business here.

Biggsy (author)2011-01-06

These are really good mate, I love them, I thinikk extra points for them being your first carving (with a rotary tool) they look really good!

High Five for you

seamster (author)Biggsy2011-01-06

Sweet! Thanks for the high five.

jen7714 (author)2011-01-05

Wow those are impressive! Amazing job and great instructable.

seamster (author)jen77142011-01-05

Hey, thank you!

beam1980 (author)2011-01-03

These are just adorable. I've always loved little things that totally look like big usable things. Especially as decorative elements. Love it! Good job with the tools! You could totally sell something like this on etsy!

seamster (author)beam19802011-01-03

Thank you!

I wondered if someone would actually pay what it's worth in terms of time and effort for some these. What would you pay, in theory?

beam1980 (author)seamster2011-01-04

Yeah... I think PaulMakesThings is right. I'd pay something around $10 for one of them. How much did you pay for the material? And it also depends on how many of the same type you'd make. Then you can buy the material in "bulk" which you probably did anyway, because they are so small...but once you make more than one you will have an easier job with them, since you don't have to do all the planning again and maybe you can also simplify some of the worksteps...

seamster (author)beam19802011-01-04

It's the time and effort that's the real cost. I wouldn't take the time to make these with the intention to sell. It's just not worth it.

The effort for something like this is only worth it if they're created and given as a personal gift.

PaulMakesThings (author)seamster2011-01-04

I would guess they could sell for $10 to $20, but it could be more if you can attract the right buyers.

Honus (author)2011-01-04

Fantastic! Now I'm thinking of all the cool little ornaments I can make!

seamster (author)Honus2011-01-04

I know! I've got a long list going all of the sudden.

Warlrosity (author)2011-01-03

Are you familiar with the work of Sloane Tanen? I think these would look great ( besides in genral) as miniature objects for such photographs.

rbeforee (author)2011-01-03

I was completely fooled by image 1 and was wondering from what concocted medium you were carving the (yet unseen) ornaments. Something you blended and then drilled. LOL. As always, tremendous precision and freakin' awesome.

I'm a little sad you weren't teaching us how to mix up some wild new carvable material out of fix-a-flat and sawdust or some such, but I do love carving wood, and have the scars to prove I'm self-taught. ;) (and I'm glad you didn't use the chef's beloved mixer for non-food ingredients!)

Thanks for posting!

seamster (author)rbeforee2011-01-03

Thanks! I've had a couple of people say the same thing about the main image, so I put up a new one. It ought to make the actual size of these a little more obvious!

I'm glad you liked them!

rbeforee (author)seamster2011-01-03

PS I totally thought you had made the mixing bowl on a lathe. The is some serious control of your blade. (and no evidence of harming yourself in the process... even more impressive. )

rbeforee (author)rbeforee2011-01-03

Aw! I liked that it was a surprise that those were actually so tiny and not the real objects ;)
It is a testament to your phenomenal attention to detail. So cool.

cdawisconsin (author)2011-01-03

I love the cookie dough in the mixing bowl. Nice touch to an incredible Instructable.

seamster (author)cdawisconsin2011-01-03

That was a nod to my wife's terrific cookies, of course!

scraptopower (author)2011-01-03

Incredible! I saw the main image and thought "why has he used his drill as the main image? " Then I realised it's a miniature!. The miniatures look more realistic than the real things!

Really great work there, it has my vote!

seamster (author)scraptopower2011-01-03

Thank you!

I put a new photo up for the main image that should help clear up any initial confusion people might have. I'm glad you like these!

9ale7 (author)2011-01-03

what was the need for primer?
"The piece was primed and then sanded "

and any specific spry paint?? or is there a need to ask for wood type or something?

anyway, great work 8)

seamster (author)9ale72011-01-03

Primer is necessary to prepare the wood to be painted. It seals up the various densities in the wood and creates a uniform surface for the final coats of paint to adhere to. Sanding between coats of primer and the final colored coats ensures a smooth, clean finish.

Almost any spray or brush on paint will work on wood. I prefer and recommend Krylon brand spray paints, specifically because of the nozzle they use. It sprays the paint in an adjustable fan shape rather than a circle, which is really nice.

rimar2000 (author)2011-01-03

You are an artist! Congratulations.

Servelan (author)2011-01-03

I'm inspired to try to make more of my own ornaments - I love tools, and collect tool-related ornaments, and these are just too cool!.

jeff-o (author)2011-01-03

Awww, they're so cute!

BrittLiv (author)2011-01-03

Oh wow these are amazing, do you have more in your tree?

laxap (author)2011-01-03

Sweet and very well done!

gmjhowe (author)2011-01-03


PenfoldPlant (author)2011-01-03

Absolutely fantastic idea and execution!
I love the idea of making customised ornaments to match someone's hobbies. Brilliant.

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