Hi friends! My name is Tara, and I blog at a little place on the internet called Suburble. I love to craft, get my hands dirty, and try new things. Today I’m sharing a project that is simple, quick, and has great impact – wood burned Christmas ornaments!
- Craft Wood Burning Set
- Cutout Wooden Shapes (I used these circle cutouts)
- Drill with a small drill bit
- Printed “Stencil” on Computer Paper
- Pencil, Scissors and Tape
The first step is to drill a hole at the top of each wooden blank, so the Christmas ornaments can be hung with the ribbon.
The design possibilities for your ornaments are practically limitless! Whatever shape you can print out on your computer can be transferred. If you are new to wood burning, keep it simple for your first few designs.
After you have printed out your shape (I chose a snowflake from the free photo editing software, Picmonkey.com), use a pencil to heavily shade the opposite side of the shape. You are creating faux “carbon paper” this way.
Plug in the wood burning tool and set it on its stand. I opted to work on top of a piece of cardboard, only because I didn’t want to potentially damage my table top. The wood burning tool comes with four tips – calligraphy, all-purpose, fine-tip, and shading. I opted to start with my calligraphy tip for the snowflake.
Just a quick, “Been there, have the scar to prove it” tip: It doesn’t take long for the tool to get very hot. Before you dive into wood burning, it’s handy to do a few test runs on an extra wooden shape. Get the feel for the tool and how it burns. Each wood will burn differently, and each tip will produce a different result. Before changing tips, be sure to unplug the tool and let it cool completely.
The snowflake was a simple and easy shape to burn. I used straight lines as I traveled over the stencil – I love how it resulted in a ‘rustic’ snowflake.
I used the fine tip point on the star ornament. “Noel” was created in Word with the Callie Hand font.
I know that this won’t be the last of my wood burned crafts this Christmas!
We would like to thank Tara for this great ornament idea! Don’t forget to check out her blog, Suburble.