I always love to add a special hand-touch to the items I own, whether it’s my clothing, accessories, or home décor items. I’ve always thought that wood burning would be a cool and fun way to do this, and I finally tried it! I used this decorative technique three different ways, and now I can’t stop. Read on to see what I made – and how.
You can buy an inexpensive wood burning (also called “pyrography”) tool at most craft stores. They look just like this little guy below. You can get them with all different tips, large and small, pointy and round. To use, all you have to do is plug in the tool and wait a few moments for it to get hot. Then, press it onto the wooden item of your choice, and decorate away.
A few tips:
-The slower you move the tool, the darker the burn will be.
-It’s best to use this on raw wood, as wood coated with any chemicals could possibly produce a dangerous smoke.
-Tie your hair back! A strand of my hair accidentally grazed the tool and sizzled up right away.
The first thing I decorated was this tiny wooden box. I created little patterns with tiny dots and lines all over. Since my tool has a rounded tip, I found it easiest to create dots.
Next, I wanted to try something a little bit more labor intensive. I love this graphic from our October calendar (which you can download here), so I decided to turn it into a wood burning.
I first printed out the image, and then used graphite transfer paper to transfer the graphic onto a piece of wood.
I used these outlines as a guide as I burned the wood.
When I was finished, I mixed some acrylic paint with water and covered the wood using a foam brush, making sure to go outside of the lines so that it didn’t look too perfect. :) I love the way this one turned out.
For my third wood burning, I used wooden chopsticks! I created simple patterns using dots and lines, and finished it off with some more watered down paint. These would be great to use for chopstick hairstyles, and would also make an excellent gift for sushi lovers!
Wood burning is going to be my new favorite hobby, for sure. It’s such a relaxing, rewarding thing to do, and the opportunities are absolutely endless. Have you guys ever made a wood burning of your own? Let us know what you made – we’d love to hear!
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