Which Way to the Candy Cane Forest?

Which Way to the Candy Cane Forest?

I love everything about winter and the Christmas season. I especially love crafting for Christmas. When I was given the opportunity to create a project to show off the newest product in the Dremel lineup, the Dremel® Micro™ 8050 tool, I was very excited, but was ecstatic when they asked that the project be Christmas themed. This little handheld tool can do SO much, and dozens of ideas were swirling in my head. It was quite difficult to narrow it down to one to showcase.

However, I am absolutely in love with the project that my husband and I made together.

It is rustic and adorable and looks exactly like something carved by elves at the North Pole.

Dremel® Micro™ 8050

This is everything that comes with the new Dremel® Micro™ 8050 tool. With all of these tools you can:

  • cut metal, screws and nails
  • carve intricate designs into wood
  • engrave metals
  • etch glass
  • sand and refinish
  • grind metal and remove rust
  • sharpen dulled edges on blades and tools
  • polish and buff various objects like metal

Dremel® Micro™ 8050

How to Make Your Own Christmas Sign 


We started out with thin sheets of particle board wood. We chose the thinnest we could find so that the completed sign would not be too weighty. I traced out several styles of arrows and my husband cut them with his larger Dremel saw.


Once cut, I wrote out the place names on the wooden arrows with a black permanent marker. I wrote these out by hand, using my own handwriting, because I wanted them to look as rustic and natural as possible. Just like something you may find in the winter woods.


Using the engraving cutter, I slowly etched out the letters. This tool is very light, easy to hold, has amazing maneuverability and provided tremendous control over every line and curve I made.  When I first started out, I was worried for a moment because most of those letters are only an inch in height, but my worry quickly diminished and I was truly amazed at how easy it was to use such a powerful rotating tool to carve them out. Even my 12 year old was able to carve out the small letters with ease.


Because this wood is particle board, it was a bit jagged after carving, so in a snap I changed the head to a small sanding tool and smoothed down the letter edges. Changing the heads really is a snap since all you need to do is hold down the lock button and twist the collet nut with the small wrench that is included.


In addition to all of the attachments that are included, the Dremel Micro includes a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. One other thing that I have to mention, because it was MUCH appreciated, is the LED front-end lighting on the tool. It was like having a flashlight illuminate the wood as I carved it.

Which Way to the Candy Cane Forest?

The final steps were spray painting each arrow in different colors (we chose the Christmas colors white, red and silver) and then attaching them to a pole with simple wood glue. The base of the sign is nothing more than a piece of wood screwed to the bottom to balance the pole. I wrapped my favorite Christmas scarf around the base.

Which Way to the Candy Cane Forest?

You can purchase the Micro 8050 online or in stores at Home Depot and Lowe’s or at Amazon.com for $89 USD.

Happy Christmas!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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