Wood Burning… It's all the New RAGE!!! (Well, at my house it is :D)
This is one of the DIY projects I wanted to add to my newborns room. I had the idea in my head for a while, and it finally came together just perfectly. I LOVE the Results!!!!
And, It barely cost a penny (I wish)…. but almost! Really, almost all the supplies I used came from my craft supplies on hand.
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- Wood ( I wish I remembered what type of wood this was, it was soft and great to burn, I had it on hand, and the most difficult part was probably cutting it into a circle. Well, that's what I was told, I asked a sweet friend who's husband is a wood magician… and he cut it for me!) One day I'll get more wood cutting tools (it's on my Christmas List)!
- Printer with Paper
- Ball point pen
- wood stain (I used Varathane Wood Stain in GOLDEN OAK)
- Craft Paint (Martha Stewart Metallic in ROSE GOLD)
- Wood Burner!!!!
- I purchased this for Christmas to make decorative wooden spoons. I LOVE it so much, it is fun to use, simple and gives a great wooden decorative look. I wanted to give everyone I knew spoons 😀 I purchase mine at Michaels for $12 with a 50% off discount (score) and it's perfect for everything I've wanted to do with it. It came with 4 different tips.
I first had my friend cut a random piece of wood I had in my garage into a circle. Circles are so much better than squares!!! (the hole is on the back… and was made so he could cut the circle… it doesn't go all the way through the wood.)
I found my quotes, typed it up in pages, sized it,and printed it out.
Take a ball-point pen and trace over your letters, pushing hard enough to leave a mark in your wood. My wood was soft and it was actually easier to make and indent in the wood than i thought.
Now here's the fun part!!!
It's a slow process. I wouldn't do anything too HUGE… unless you are feeling very ambitious. I used the big fat round tip for the “bravely” part of the sign and the flat edge tip for the “BE YOU” part of the sign.
I found that because of the grain of the wood, I kept getting these little ridges like in the “y”. I just kept going really slow, and filling in the pieces and the letters so that there weren't any gaps. I also had to wait every now and again for my pen to heat up and get really hot. I found that it would burn better that way.
My husband came home and said “oh… it smells good in here.” The smell of burning wood… I really do love that smell!!! Just glad he liked it… because the smell of dinner being made was far far away!!!
The Flat edge being used!
I love how it came out. As you can see, I filled in the “y” a lot better. And I shadowed a bunch of the “bravely” letters to give it that shadowed look… also, because some of the letters I slipped a bit and then had to keep filling in to make it look right.
I really wanted to leave it just like this!!! I loved the look of the natural looking wood… and didn't want to stain it… but in the end I just went for it! (I also burned a few letters on the back to test out before I started on the front. This was nice, because I also tested out the stain I wanted to make sure it was a GO… before staining the front.
I'm so glad I stained it… It gave the burn letters an extra little gloss… and I love that added feature. I didn't wipe my stain away either. I just applied a thinner layer and let it soak up and dry.
After staining, I painted the edge with the Martha Stewarts ROSE GOLD craft paint. It just finishes off the project. I would recommend not staining the sides if you want to pain the edge. I luckily didn't stain the sides… however a little stain did slip over the edge in one spot, and it took a lot of craft pain to cover it up. It might have been different if I used a different color.
And there you have it!!!! I LOVE the RESULTS!!! Oh did I say that again… sorry. I just can't help it.
And I love that it cost me…. Nothing…. because I already had all the supplies. But for you, It'd still be pretty inexpensive… wood, stain, paint, and a simple wood burner (under 10$ for sure)!!!!
Well said… “Be You Bravely”
- Go SLOW! If you jolt or mess up… it can not be erased!!!
- if you do slip, it's okay. It adds to that look!
- don't hold your burner too tight, it gets HOT
- also don't let little kids play with it… obviously right!
- Practice on the back or a scrap piece of wood to see how the different tips work. It definitely took a trial run to see what look each different tip gave. And certain letters worked better with certain tips (I used the flat edge and round edge).
Here is a picture of some of the wooden spoons that I sent to my cousin! They are so FUN. What an easy way to jazz up your wooden spoons. And because they are BURNT, they are completely food safe and dishwasher safe.