Have you ever tried wood burning? I’ve been noticing a wood burning trend and decided it was time to try my hand at it! My initial thoughts were that it was going to be difficult. And though it definitely takes some time and practice, wood burning is not as hard as you might think! My first project to tackle was a wood plaque with my initials on it – I think a monogram piece is something anyone would like to try and display in their home. I particularly love the wood plaque that I used for the burning. It’s a real slice of a tree, with the bark and everything! It adds a woodsy and natural touch to any décor . . . and it smells good while you are burning it!
The first step is to design your monogram on your computer in a word processing program. I opened my word processing program and used some fonts and symbols on my computer to create the monogram you see above. I didn’t resize the paper; I left it the exact size to fit an 8.5” x 11” sheet. This is your chance to get creative, play, and have fun!
TIP #1: This is the best time for you to personalize your monogram so don’t be afraid to play around with different fonts, sizes and designs!
Print out your monogram and trim around the edge with the scissors. Place a piece of transfer paper between the monogram sheet and the plaque and tape down.
TIP #2: Placement is important. Lay down the monogram and transfer where you want the design to get burned on.
Trace the edges of the symbols and the letters with your pencil – you don’t need to fill them in. This will provide a guide for your wood burning.
When you lift up your transfer paper, this is what your plaque will look like. The pencil transferred the graphite from the transfer paper to your plaque! Now you have a guide for wood burning.
Safety first! Make sure you read the instructions on your wood burning tool carefully before beginning. This tool gets hot, so be careful and use all of the recommended precautions!
Once your tool is heated, begin burning. Start with straight areas to get practice, and then work up to the curved areas.
TIP #3: I found that using the basic tip that came on the tool worked best for me (as opposed to some of the other tips that came in the package). I also had the best results at the highest heat setting!
Continue wood burning until you have completed the plaque. Wood burning is a slow process so do not try to rush it or you will make mistakes. Take a break if you need to.
TIP #4: If you do have a few mistakes in your plaque, it’s fine – it simply adds to the character of the piece.
I love the finished result, and I have to say, I’m addicted to wood burning now! I can’t wait to try some other patterns on wood plaques . . . even beyond letters.
Are you interested in giving wood burning a try? I’d love for you to make this project too and share it in our Idea Exchange.