Dremel wood carving is a great way to make engraved wood art. Make a gorgeous DIY mandala wall art using the Dremel tool with this step by step tutorial.
The fun part of the DIY “bug” is that everything you see – you try to figure out how to make one yourself!
So when I saw a gorgeous carved mandala in a little market of handicrafts in India, my first thought – “I can make that!”
Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a picture of the original but stayed in my head and one of those “someday” projects.
That “someday” is here! Presenting my Dremel wood carving!
I am so excited because it is pretty close to the one we saw down to the metallic shine!
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Of course, the carving could be (a lot) more uniform… and the details on the original were a lot more intricate, but, it is close enough and I am very much in love with it!
And guess what! You are in a for a treat because I have teamed up with 27 other AMAZING DIY bloggers who are bringing you gorgeous square wall art ideas! Look for it at the end of this post.
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Materials needed for Dremel Wood Engraving –
- Plywood in the size of your choice. (Mine is 16″x16″)
- Dremel rotary tool ( I have this version. But a basic version will do too)
- Mandala stencil or any design of your choice (like this one)
- Black acrylic paint
- Foam Pouncer
- Random orbital sander
- Tack cloth
- Stain in the color of your choice. (I used Carrington)
- Metallic wax ( I used Metallic Lustre in Rose Gold)
How to use a Dremel to Carve Wood –
Here is a video of exactly how I made it. Step by Step written instructions and other details follow.
How to Engrave Wood
Step 1 – Transfer the mandala design onto the plywood using black acrylic paint.
Step 2 – Use the Dremel rotary tool with a wood carving tip to carve out all the black paint from the plywood.
This can look and sound intimidating but it didn’t take me as long as I had expected. In fact, it was kind of calming – like adult coloring. Also, my other project at that time involved staining a patio so this was a nice change of pace.
It took me a just over an hour total across 3 sessions. You have to take a break because holding that tool for a long time isn’t fun for your fingers.
Step 3 – Once everything was carved, remove all the dust and fill in the carved area with black acrylic paint (again). You don’t have to worry about staying within the lines too much.
Step 4 – Using the sander and 220 grit sheet, remove a thin layer of the plywood to reveal a clean engraved design.
Step 5 – Stain the entire plywood in the color of your choice.
Step 6 – Use the metallic wax to add a glow to the mandala. Start in the center and use a circular motion. When I was happy with the coverage of the “glow”, I buffed it with a clean soft cloth till it was shiny.
That’s it! It was really as easy as it sounds! And SO much fun to make…
I have a few more I want to make and create a collage of sorts… maybe in multiple colors… that would be fun!
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Didn’t I say you were in for treat?!
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"