Kitchenaid and Power Drill Christmas Ornaments

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About: I got an old sewing machine when I was just a kid, and I've been hooked on making stuff ever since. My name is Sam and I'm a community manager here at Instructables.

Intro: Kitchenaid and Power Drill Christmas Ornaments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 8: Drill Details

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

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

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

That's it. Thanks again for looking!

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    sclements3

    2 years ago

    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!

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    epicTCKepicTCK

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

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    lbresler

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Haha this is awesome! Especially like the KitchenAid :D

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    spikes0577

    5 years ago on Step 10

    Its crazy awesome! Love those ornaments dude!

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    Nick70587

    6 years ago on Step 10

    These are awesome. You are very talented sir.

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    tchitwood

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

    $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.

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    DIY Dave

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    yokozunaseamster

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    seamsteryokozuna

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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!