Wood burning is a fun and easy way to add texture and designs to any wood finish — even write personal sayings or quotes! Wood burning started in the early 20th century, when soldering pens evolved. Taking the same concept, today’s wood burning tools were designed.
Here was my first wood burning project – a liquor box! I worked on trying to make the lettering even and smooth – I’ll get there!
It fits nicely on our shelves and keeps our liquor all organized, and I love the reminder that it doesn’t matter where we are, home is when I’m with my finance!
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I enjoy having pictures of my friends and family around me, reminds me of how lucky I am to be loved! I ‘got the bug’ to do more wood burning, and thought updating some plain picture frames with designs could be a fun project to work on my skills!
I bought these wood frames at Michael’s for only $1 each, wood burned the design on the frame and then used a light color stain to finish the wood.
I love the way they turned out! I tried different techniques and designs on these picture frames.
Here are some tips on wood burning:
- It’s easier to wood burn on softer woods like pine or aspen, instead of hardwoods.
- Develop your design first, and draw it on your wood with either a pencil or pen. If you have a design you love, you can use ‘old fashioned’ tracing paper to transfer the design to your wood. When you burn the wood, the pencil and pen markings will be burned, and won’t show on the final product.
- Let the wood burning pen do the work. Don’t give it too much pressure, just be patient and let the heat and the pen gently burn the wood.
- Have a piece of sample wood that you can try out different tips and designs before starting in on a new project.
- As always, remember this isn’t a toy and is HOT (it burns wood). Keep it out of reach of children and away from flammable materials.
Guest Contributor: Kris Elizabeth Keolker
What kinds of craft and creative projects do you like to do?
I love making cool things for my home, DIYing gifts for my friends and family, and also DIY projects that are similar to things I see in stores but that I can make on a budget.
Right now, I am really interested in DIY projects for my rustic themed wedding, coming up in February of 2018.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Usually I look on pinterest and google images with keywords of whatever project I am interested in. I compile a few ideas that I really like and then put my own spin on it!
Sometimes I will also see things in stores that I think I can make myself for much cheaper, so I will do some research and go for it!
When is your most productive time for creating?
I love spending weekend mornings drinking my coffee and planning out my next DIY projects. Other than that, whenever the creative mood strikes me!
When you are in your creative mood, do you listen to music, watch tv or do you prefer a quiet spot? If it is music, what types do you listen to? If watching tv, what kinds of shows?
I usually like to listen to music. I find myself getting a little to distracted by the TV. Right now, because I am doing a lot of DIY projects for my wedding and bachelorette party, I find myself listening to a lot of wedding playlists! I like to think it’s killing two birds with one stone, I am getting ideas for songs for different part of the wedding, while also getting projects done! I also love Jack Johnson and The Lumineers while I am crafting.
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