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Use A Wood Burning Tool To Make Charming Rustic Crafts

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I’ve always been attracted to the look of wood-burned designs. There’s something so rustic and charming about them! After perusing all the cute wooden craft items at my local craft stores, I decided that it was time to give wood burning a try for myself.

I bought a wood burning tool at Hobby Lobby for $15, and committed to learning how to use it. Luckily, it turned out to be easier than I imagined!

So today I’m sharing what I’ve learned (so far) – because if I can tackle a few simple wood burning projects, ANYONE can! :-)

Wood-Burned Frames and Other Crafts

My wood burning tool came with 4 different tips, but I ended up using the “universal tip” for almost everything I did. It’s a pointed tip, like the tip of a pen, and is the easiest to use for simple lines in my opinion. I haven’t branched out into trying any shading or anything, but I’m sure the other tips would be helpful for that if you want to give it a try.

To keep things simple, I decided on a simple herringbone pattern for my first wood burning project, a cute wooden picture frame I found at Walmart.

Wood-Burned Frames and Other Crafts


  • metal ruler
  • pencil
  • wood-burning tool
  • sanding block
  • multi-purpose sealant spray
Wood-Burned Frames and Other Crafts

I started by drawing the herringbone pattern onto the frame using a ruler and a pencil. Don’t worry about being perfect, because it’s really easy to erase messed up pencil marks on the wood.

Wood-Burned Frames and Other Crafts

One the pattern was laid out, I let my wood burning tool heat up for about 5 minutes or so, then slowly started burning in the pencil lines. If you use a metal ruler, you can use it as a straight-edge for your burning tool to ensure your burned lines are nice and straight. (Don’t do this with a plastic ruler, of course, because it will melt!)

The key to getting nice, uniform burn lines is going slow, and applying steady pressure. If your line comes out lighter than you wanted, you can always go over it again. And if you accidentally make a burn mark you didn’t mean to make, use your sanding block or a piece of sand paper to sand down the area. You may not eliminate the burn mark completely, but it will lighten significantly and be a lot less noticeable.

Wood-Burned Frames and Other Crafts

Once you’ve burned all your lines and you’re happy with the design, there’s just a few finishing touches left. First, use your sanding block to sand down any rough edges or splinters.

Wood-Burned Frames and Other Crafts

Finally, use a clear sealant to protect the wood. I found a can of spray sealant at a craft store, which made it super easy. Spray on a few light coats on each side.

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Put your photo in the frame, and find a nice spot to display your new frame!

Wood Burning Craft

I was so happy with how my frame turned out that I made a few more wood burned crafts, including a set of coasters and a necklace. Craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby have a large variety of wood products available, so you’re really only limited by your imagination!

Here’s to my new wood burning tool, and all of the fun, custom creations to come! :-)

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  • I tried to nurture a creative bone in my hubby’s body about 30 yrs ago when I bought him a wood burning tool and book, which he quickly poo-pooed. I found it recently and decided I would give it a a whirl.Now that I am retired I will have time, I invested in a new model and you make it look fun. Thanks!

  • I love these ideas. I’ve never used a wood burning tool. My main worry would be getting burned while using one. I’d probably use a pair of cotton work gloves for protection. I’ve had burns from using glue guns if they get very hot.

    • These tools (photography irons) get incredibly hot and it is very easy to get deep burns from them (been there, done that, clumsy by default ).
      However, cotton work gloves wouldn’t give any real protection as the photography irons get very hot, even the finger guard can cause nasty burns, there are best resistant gloves available, such as what you use with hair irons etc that will give better protection. I
      Hope this is useful.

  • Can I ask how long it took you to do the frame? We are considering doing this for a craft day with many ladies, but we were all have to share only a couple of wood burning tools. Just wondering if it would take too long for each one. Thanks!

  • This is interesting. We actually have a family friend who’s daughter has an online business. One of things she’s made are cute personalized signs. She’s used the round wooden blanks with the tree bark still on the ends. I have a nice sign . The sign says – “ You Are Enough”. One of my favorite sayings.

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