DIY Wood Burning Made Easy

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Wood burning made super simple with these easy-to-tackle DIY projects.

By Anjelika Temple for Brit + Co.

Confession: We are having a total love affair with our brand new wood burning tool. We'll take you through the basics of using a wood burning tool. It couldn't be simpler — don't be surprised if you end up with a lot of custom cutting boards, wooden spoons and more after you see just how easy it is.

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What You'll Need:

  • Wood burning pen
  • Wood burning tips
  • Wood burning alphabet bits
  • Wood objects
  • Wood practice board


1. Let your wood burning tool heat up.

2. Try out each of your bits on a wood practice board. To switch bit attachments, turn off your burning tool and let it cool down completely before unscrewing and replacing bits.

3. Plan your design in pencil on the board if you like.

4. Follow along your pencil design using your wood burning tool.

5. Remove your pencil lines with a good eraser.

6. That's it! Hand wash your wood-burnt objects in between uses and treat with mineral oil for a lasting design and sheen.

We stocked up on a bunch of kitchen goods like wooden spoons, a utensil holder, a cutting board and napkin rings.

Design #1: Line Art

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We'll start with some simple line art. You can create stripes, chevron patterns or pretty much anything that involves straight lines.

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Design #2: Leaf Pattern

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The whimsical leaf pattern is a beauty, and never fails to impress. Use it on the handle of a wooden spoon or to add a touch of personality to a cutting board.

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Design #3: Typography

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And now for some alphabet bits! Alpha-bits? Press your letters into the wood objects, and you're good to go. Yum!

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Design #4: Polka Dots

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Finally, we used the point tool to create itty bitty polka dots on one of our wooden spoons.

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And just like that, we've got a whole collection of personalized wooden things!

Images and copy courtesy of Brit + Co.

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