Have you been wanting to try wood burning? If so, these simple patterned wood burned frames are a great project to get you started. This wood burning tutorial is a lot of fun and brings a beautiful natural element to your home decor.
Frame wood burning tutorial supplies:
- Darice Ultimate Wood Burning Tool
- Scrap Piece of Wood for Practice
- Darice Unfinished Wood Frames (I used a 4″ x 6″ frame and a 11.5″ x 13.5″ frame)
Step One. Practice with Wood Burning Tool.
Start off by taking the wood burning tool out of the packaging and plugging it in to warm up. Be sure to carefully place the tool on its stand and to keep it away from any combustible materials. The wood burning tool will get very hot, so use it with caution.
After heating for 3-5 minutes, the tool will be ready to use. Grab a piece of scrap wood and practice making marks to get a feel of how different sides of the tip and different amounts of pressure work.
The Ultimate Crafting Tool comes with four different wood burning tips, so I recommend trying them all out to determine which you want to use for your project.
How to Change Wood Burning Tool Tips
The wood burning tool tips are easy to change, but it is important that you first unplug the tool and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before attempting to change the tip. After it has cooled completely, use a pair of pliers to unscrew the tip from the tool and replace it with the next tip you would like to try.
I tried all four of the tips, and you can see the different kinds of marks you can make with them in the image below.
Step Two. Mark and Prepare Wood Frames.
I decided to create one frame with a triangle design created out of dots on one frame and to do a mudcloth inspired design on the second frame.
For both designs, I took a minute to lightly mark off where my designs would be placed with a pencil. Just use a ruler and pencil to help you to plan out your design.
If your frame has any rough spots, you may want to also give them a light sanding before moving on to the next step.
Step Three. Burn Design onto Frames.
Next, grab your wood burning tool, and burn your design into the sections you marked off. For the triangle frame, I used the point of the chisel tip to create little dots.
For the mudcloth inspired frame, I used the edge of the chisel tip to make lines and the point to make dots.
I have found that it can take a bit of practice to get smooth lines when drawing with a wood burning tool. I found this method made it easier to get the look that I wanted because I was basically just stamping lines and dots into the wood.
This process is really simple, although it can take a bit of time, especially if your design covers the entire frame as my mudcloth design did.
Step Four. Finish Frames.
When you are done with your wood burning, your frames are almost done! To finish them off, first use an eraser to remove any visible pencil marks. Then, use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the frames.
If you want, you could also add paint, stain, or varnish at this point. I chose to just leave the natural wood, and I love the way they turned out!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.