Throwback Thursday: Stitch Happy Wall Hanging

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers
I love fabric projects but I have to admit I am not an expert seamstress, I feel more confortable using paper and I love that my Stitch Happy Machine makes the job really easy!

To make my banner I trimmed my paper in a crest shape and added the little hearts made with felt from the Stitch Happy Card Kit. The machine is strong enough to sew it to paper!

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Next I added a cloud shape made with a lovely embossed cardstock from Bazzill and stitched all around with the gold thread.  On top of my cloud I added a phrase with thickers and the Stitch Happy had no trouble sewing it to two layers of paper. Just go slowly!

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To hang my Paper Wall Banner I folded the paper on the top and sewed 2 straight lines. The machine has a guide so you don’t have to worry about getting your lines all crooked.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also used the pink thread to make a border and used the scalloped stitch on the bottom.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To decorate my Paper Wall Banner I made some pompons using the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and some cotton yarn.

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

I hung three different colored pompons on one side and braided the rest of the yarn.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

With the Stitch Happy Machine you can easily sew paper, cardtstock, felt, wood venners and even leather! The threads are thick so they really stand out on your projects.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today! Wall Hangings are very cute and easy to do, they are definitely a great Christmas Gift for children and teens.

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Machine

Stitch Happy Card Kit

Stitch Happy  Pink Thread

Stitch Happy Gold Thread

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

Holiday Gift Mug with the Happy Jig

Hello happy crafters! Soraya here today to share a cute holiday gift idea using the amazing Happy Jig : a holiday mug! Yes, this is definitely the hot cocoa season so why not offer a special mug to your family and friends?! So let’s make it!

Holiday Gift Mug by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

First of all, use the various sizes of pegs of your Happy Jig to create the word “yum” (don’t forget to allow more lengh of wire on both edges). I chose to use the pink wire.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

With the Trim & Score board, trim a large stripe of paper and with the Clear Cut Punch, create a pretty label.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

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Cut the label in two parts and glue them on the strip of paper that you previously placed around the mug as shown in the photo below.

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Now for the last part: cut a beautiful heart with the Clear Cut Punch and add some gold washi tape on the mug for a festive look. The Happy Jig word comes now on the top of your decoration. I love how it turned out! And a small glittered tree is perfect for the final touch! Et voilà!

 

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I hope you had fun joining me today for this holiday tutorial! Have fun with your Happy Jig  and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Happy Jig

Pink wire

Trim & Score Board

Papers are from DCWV

Clear Cut Punch – Label

Clear Cut Punch – Heart

Embellishments and gold washi tape

Handmade Gift Idea: Pom Pom Scarf

Hello, We R friends! Enza here, and today I’m sharing a fun project created with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker. Every year my kids and I work on simple handmade gifts to give to family and friends during the holidays. We try to come up with ideas that don’t require much work and can be easily mass-produced. The Jumbo Pom Pom Maker is perfect for all kinds of gifts, from home décor pieces, such as wreaths, garlands, even cute, fluffy rugs, to more personal ones, like key chains, pom pom hats, or as in this case, scarves.

Here is a look at the finished project:

DIY Pom Pom Scarf by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

We picked traditional Christmas colors for this one, but non-traditional ones would be beautiful as well. Think of a pink/light green combination, or white/gold; you can even embellish it a bit more with colorful beads. The possibilities are endelss!

To start, we wrapped the yarn around both ends of the loom three times – the thicker the layers the fuller the pom poms.

DIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Then we closed the wrapped arms and cut the yarn in between them. Make sure you go all the way around. The instructions that come with the tool are very easy to follow 🙂

DIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersDIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

To keep the pom poms from coming apart, you will need to thread a piece of yarn through the arms and tie it firmly. The yarn tends to loosen up a bit, but not enough to cause the pom pom to come apart.

DIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersDIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Once all the pom poms were ready, we tied them together with the leftover yarn. We simply passed one end through the middle portion and secured it with a double knot.

DIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

The finished scarf is so fluffy and soft, we love how it turned out! It would be perfect for a Christmas photo shoot!

DIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersDIY Pom Pom Scarf with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ll feel inspired to use your Jumbo Pom Pom Maker for some fun holiday scarves!

Enza

Supplies:

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

 

Handmade Gift Idea: Holiday Candles

Hello We R Fans! Not only are the holidays my favorite time of year, but this is also my favorite crafting time of year! Its time to make thoughtful, handmade gifts for those special people in our lives. One of my favorite tools from We R Memory Keepers this year was the Wick Candle Maker.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Best part is, while making unique and custom candles is easy with the Wick, everyone loves receiving a candle! There is something warm and inviting about a candle. I cannot wait to give these candles as gifts this season!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Recently, We R Memory Keepers released new silicone molds to allow you to make shaped candles. I could not love the design of these geometric shapes any more if I tried!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

These three new molds are easy to use and very cleverly designed. The large plastic mold that comes with the Wick Candle Maker, helps hold these flexible pieces in place while creating the candle. The other thing I really liked about these silicone molds was the instructions that came with them. It explains how much more wax to melt to completely fill the mold. I was nervous to fill them to the top at first, but after the first candle turned out so beautifully, I was thrilled!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Each of these candles has a unique color, which was the look I wanted. I know that I will be giving these candles to my sister, and this color palette is perfect for her! The Wick Candle Maker comes with colored wax flakes and a color mixing chart, so the sky is the limit!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

To make the candles, I put the wax into the top of the Wick and then add the color flakes. Once that is all melted, I stir the color in carefully with a wood skewer. As I stir, I make sure and scrape along the sides and bottom of the basin. If you mix and do not like the color, simply add more color flakes.

Another way to customize these candles, and making them truly special for the recipient, is by adding scent. We R Memory Keepers has four different scent kits for sale. You can also add any essential oils you have as well. Add the scent in the beginning as you start to melt the wax.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Once the mold is assembled with the wick and stopper, place it inside the large plastic mold. When the wax has melted and the color is what you desire, open the spigot at the bottom and fill the mold. After the wax has set (wait until it is not warm anymore) the candles can easily be removed from the molds. It was really easy to remove. I peeled the candles out by pulling at the sides and basically turning the molds inside out.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

To make these gifts even more special, I used the 123 Punch Board and the DCWV White Christmas stack to create boxes for each of the candles. To determine the box size, I measured the candles.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Who will you be making candles for this holiday season?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

3 Gift Wrap Ideas for Treats

Hello We R friends, it’s Aly here! One of my favorite things to gift during the holidays is baked goods and treats. Today I’ve got three gift wrap ideas for edible gifts. These goodie bags are unique, easy to make, and will leave your recipient with a smile.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My gift wrap is Halloween themed, but you can modify yours to fit the holidays or any other occasion you need. Just change the colors, the sentiment, and the wrapping paper or patterned paper.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by making a simple Goodie Bag using the Goodie Bag Guide and some holiday Glassine Papers.

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I followed the instructions that come with the Goodie Bag Guide, filled it with some fall colored candy, and embellished it with some DIY tassels I made with the Stitch Happy Metallic Thread and the Tassel Loom. Tip: I used a small scrap of Happy Jig wire to create the metal rings for my bitty tassels.

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Next I used the 123 Punch Board to create a small String Tie Box to hold some sweets. I followed the instruction booklet that comes with the board to make the tie box, and used the measurements on the board to make this 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch box.

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I made a simple sentiment with the Word Punch Board and then added a handmade bow that I made with some Stitch Happy Thread and the Bow Loom.

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Last I made an easy Treat Pouch with the DIY Party Board and Patterned Paper from the Crate Paper Wild Heart collection.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tip: I like to use my USB Power Hot Glue Gun for 3D and folded paper projects because it holds my projects securely.

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board and USB Power Mini Glue Gun

To embellish the treat pouch I made a mini pom pom with the small DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and some black Stitch Happy Thread. I love the more ragged look of a thread/floss pom pom for Halloween!

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and Stitch Happy Thread

A tool that I often combine with my Word Punch Board is the Washi Chomper. They’re the perfect pair for making banner shaped sentiments and words!

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board and Washi Chomper

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ve been inspired by all the unique gift wrap ideas we’ve shared with you this week.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so excited about our new gifting tools for the upcoming holidays. My gift wrap game will be totally on this year!

Supplies:

Tassel Loom
Bow Loom
Pom Pom Maker
Goodie Bag Guide
Glassine Paper
Word Punch Board
Happy Jig Wire
Stitch Happy Thread
Oh Goodie Embellishments
123 Punch Board
DIY Party Board
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
USB Battery Pack
Washi Chomper
Crate Paper Wild Heart Collection
Bo Bunny Beautifully Brisk Collection

3 Handmade Gift Wrap Ideas

Hi everybody! Soraya here today to share 3 ways to make beautiful gift wrap using the new We R Memory Keepers gifting tools: the Bow Loom, the Jumbo Pompom Maker and the Tassel Loom!

3 Handmade Gift Wrap Ideas by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s start by making a giant pompom! The Jumbo Pompom Maker is easy and fun to use, first of all you have to wrap the yarn of your choice around the 2 arms. Then close them for the Pompom Maker to look like a circle.

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Use your scissors to cut the yarn in between the arms and proceed this way all around the perimeter. Tie a knot in the middle and open the arms to free the big pompom!

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To cut the paper wrap I used the amazing Gift Wrap Trimmer and added the pompom like the cherry on top!

Gift Wrap Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers3 Handmade Gift Wrap Ideas by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Here is another fun tutorial to make beautiful tassel! You can follow the instructions you have in the packaging but basically all you have to do is to wrap some thread or yarn around the opened Tassel Loom.

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Then tie a knot in the middle of the loom (this knot will help hanging the tassel). Cut the the looped material on both edges. Close the Tassel Loom then tie another knot before popping out the final tassel!

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I decided to go with some gold thread in order to decorate the top of the tassel. Love the sparkly touch!

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Time to wrap it all (still with the Gift Wrap Trimmer) and decorate the present with girly embellishments.

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And lastly, lets make a fun bow using the Bow Loom! Wrap your ribbon around two corresponding size rods and pass a thread through the triangle slot. Once your bow is totally secured, you can slide it off the tool.

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And voilà!

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Hope you had fun joining me today! You will love those new tools for sure! Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Tassel Loom

Jumbo Pompom maker

Bow Loom

Gift Wrap Trimmer

Willow Lane collection

Ribbons and threads

Jumbo Pillow Box Gift Wrap

Hey, We R fans, Laura here with a fun gift wrap idea for you this week. Today, I am going to show you how to use the Template Studio with the Pillow Box guide to create adorable pillow boxes you can use to wrap up the perfect gift for your best friend. Pillow boxes are great because they can accommodate gifts that are oddly shaped and would be hard to wrap with traditional wrapping paper.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 1

To start, you need to trim your paper to the measurements shown on the Pillow Box Guide instructions. I chose to make the smallest size box, so I needed to trim my paper to 13” x 10”. You use the A and B or B and C guides to cut or score straight lines with your template.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 2

Once you have cut your paper to the correct size, follow the instructions that came with the Pillow Box guide. You will need both the cutting blade and scoring blade to create your box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 3

Assemble your box using adhesive along the folded edge. Then, decorate it however you like. I found it easier to decorate the box before folding the flaps down on each side.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 4

To decorate the first box, I cut a thin strip from the Flower Girl Collection papers and used adhesive to apply it around the middle of the box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 5

Next, I created a flag piece using the Banner Punch board. I cut out two separate strips of patterned paper, with one being a little wider than the other. I used the punch board to cut the flag shape out of the bottom of each strip. I folded the strips in half and used adhesive to attach them to the top of the box.

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I finished off the box by adding a wooden veneer banner shape from the Flower Girl collection.

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I wanted the second pillow box to look like a purse. I started by creating a slightly larger pillow box than the first one. Once the box was assembled, I cut a decorative floral shape using the Evolution Advanced and leftover pink paper from the first box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 8

Fold the shape in half and adhere it to the top of the pillow box. Then, I cut a ¾” strip of the pink paper to create a “strap” for the purse. I cut slits in the top of the box and slid the straps into the box.

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To make it look like the purse flap has a snap, I used the Crop-O-Dile and a wide eyelet on the front part of the pink flap.

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The pillow box gift wrap is the perfect way to add a little something special to a gift for your best girlfriend.

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Supplies:

Template Studio
Pillow Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Banner Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Flower Girl Collection
Crop-O-Dile
Wide Eyelets

Make a Pom Pom Keychain

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva on the blog today showing you how to create a cute Pompom Keychain using the new Jumbo Pompom Maker and Tassel Loom.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

When I think about fall and winter my first thought is yarn. Yarn is perfect for sweaters but also to create home decor and accessories! And now with the new Tassel Loom and the Jumbo Pompom Maker you can create beautiful pieces in minutes!

To create this BIG Pompom Keychain start by making a Jumbo size pompom. I used a winter color palette and combined 4 different yarn colors. It is fun to mix textures too!

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Wrap your yarn around both arms of the pompom maker, you can mix them evenly or you can leave zones with only one color to create a fun and different pompom.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Once you have wrapped your yarn close your Pompom Maker and cut the yarn between the arms.  Tie a piece of yarn in the middle of the Pompom Maker and open it to reveal your pompom.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create a tassel simply loop your yarn on the 4 inch size. Tie a piece of yarn in the middle and close the Tassel Loom.

Tassel Loom by We R Memory Keepers

Pick another yarn color and wrap it around your tassel, about 1 inch below the top of the looped yarn.  Cut the yarn with your precission scissors following the grooves on the bottom and remove the rod on top to slide the tassel out.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your tassel with colored beads and attach it to your pompom.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Attach a hook to the top of your pompom and add your keys.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Pompoms are very popular right now and you can make these in a batch and give them as gifts to your kid’s teacher or coworkers. The Jumbo Pompom really makes a bold statement on this keychain

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This keychain is so BIG and fluffy! I love it and I think it is perfect to hang outside of your purse with or without your keys!

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva


Supplies:

Jumbo Pompom Maker
Tassel Loom
Precision Scissors

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box

Hello WeR fans! Thanks for joining me again today. Chantalle with you to share a little jewellery box I have created with the help of some of the many, many rolls of washi tape I have in my stash.

There are so many gorgeous styles and colours out there – the perfect, useful eye candy, lol.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The base and lid have been constructed out of strips of tape that have been rolled around each other.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This type of box is completely customizable, as you can choose the colours, size and variations of tape you would like to suit your needs!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To start, I selected the tape colours and patterns I was going to use. This type of technique reminds me of the bold and varied prints from South Africa, where I am originally from. I really miss seeing those beautiful colours around me!

I found that using a ‘standard’ ½ inch size tape width worked better, as the heights of the little rolls were more consistent. I folded the tape in half so the colour was on both sides and then rolled the tape up. I systematically rolled another strip and another strip around each other so the roll got bigger and more colourful.  To keep each strip of tape in place before I started a new strip, I applied a teeny strip of tape so hold the end down. Likewise, when starting a new colour, I added a teeny strip of tape, which held the beginning down, so I could continue to roll as the washi is quite a slippery surface.

* You can use some adhesive between layers so they stick together nicely, but I just applied a clear glue over the whole roll, letting it seep in between the layers, when I was happy with the size of the roll.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory KeepersNow that my base was complete, I built up the sides with a strip of Bazzill cardstock in a powder blue. I used my Trim & Score Board to cut a strip of about 1.5 inches high and rolled it around my base tape roll. I kept it place with some strong double-sided tape.

For the outer wall embellishment, I again rolled washi tape in half, but then cut this in half again so make very thin little strips. My Detail Scissors made this a ‘snip’, hehe.

I added my think washi strips to the cardstock, working my way up the height of the sides, but leaving a little area uncovered. This is where my lid would fit over.

To create the lid, I repeated the steps from before, this time making the washi tape roll slightly larger and the side cardstock area only about half an inch high. I covered the lid with more thin strips of washi.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I love how much detail there is to take in on the box. So many layers and colours. It isn’t a super quick project, but it’s definitely worth the effort I think!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This little box can hold a number of rings, necklaces and earrings – Great for the dressing table, or even a little coin box for the car. It would make a fabulous container for little teeth waiting for the Tooth Fairy too!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time, thanks so much for joining me!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Trim & Score Board

Detail Scissors

Bazzill cardstock

WRMK Chomper Washi

Jane Davenport Washi Tape

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

Heidi Swapp Washi Tape

Wood Burned Hammer for Father’s Day

Happy Friday friends! Thanks for stopping by. Aly with you again, and I’m excited to share a Father’s Day gift idea featuring a tool that represents a new crafting adventure for me–the USB Power Heat Tool with the wood burning tip!

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

My husband doesn’t raid my craft room often, but when he does 9 times out of 10 it’s to borrow my small hammer. So, I figured what better gift for Father’s Day this year than a wood burned small hammer just for him!

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

While at the hardware store I decided to make a pair of them so I could quote an old 90’s rap song by MC Hammer that’s a bit of an inside joke at our house, so I grabbed wood handled hammers in two different sizes.

Heat Wave Pen Stencils from We R Memory Keepers

Since this was my first attempt at a legit wood burning project I did a little research and practiced on some scrap wood ahead of time. I used one of the Heat Wave Stencils and traced the letters on the wood handle lightly with a pencil first to help keep them uniform and straight. Warning: don’t use any of the Heat Wave stencils with the wood burning tool or the stencils will melt! You can trace the words you want onto a piece of paper first to test it out and see if it fits on the handle of the hammer.

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I used my Precision Glass Cutting Mat as my work surface so I didn’t accidentally burn or melt anything. And I love that I didn’t have to worry about finding a work area near an outlet, or getting out an extension cord out. I simply plugged my heat tool into my phone charger! Genius idea We R!

Another thing I love about this tool is that is has interchangeable tips, just like the other USB Power Tools. So while I’m new to wood burning and don’t use that tip very often yet, I can change it out for the Fuse tip, which I use all the time.

Here are a couple of tips I picked up through trial and error that will help if you’re new to wood burning:

  • let the tool heat up for 15-20 before using it so it’s hot enough
  • use a glass or metal work surface–this tool gets hot
  • trace your design with a pencil first
  • practice on scrap wood before burning on your actual project
  • GO SLOWLY–if you rush, you’re likely to mess up and you can’t click “undo” with wood burning
  • use a light color soft wood for best results
  • start with straight lines first, then try curves/circles

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

I hope this idea has inspired you to make something special and meaningful for the men in your life that you’ll be celebrating this weekend. If you haven’t given wood burning a try, go for it! It’s really fun and creates a lasting gift or craft project.

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

USB Power Heat Tool
Heat Wave Stencil
Precision Glass Cutting Mat