Let it Burn!

As promised I wanted to write a post or two regarding some of the homemade Christmas gifts I created for my family this year. I used our homemade gift ‘situation’ as an opportunity to learn a few new techniques and utilize them for my gifts! One of my favorite techniques I learned was wood-burning.

I have wanted to give wood-burning a try for quite some time now, but never really had a reason, and honestly I was somewhat intimidated by it. Turns out…it is really easy! And, as usual, I recruited some of my papercraft tools to help me out!

My Mom is a tea lover! My idea for her was a box for her to sort and store all of her tea. I was given a wooden box with small sections, perfect for holding teabags! Per our gift exchange rule, at least some part needed to be handmade. Using a 40% off coupon at Michaels Arts and Crafts, I purchased a simple wood burner for about $8.00.  Then, using my handy-dandy Cricut Expression and my Sure Cuts a Lot software, I cut out a floral design and lettering that spelled out ‘Mum’s Tea’ (Mum is the colloquial term for Mom in Australia, where I spent some of my childhood).

Using my Xyron adhesive machine, I temporarily adhered the letters and floral design to the box and traced around the edges with a pencil.  I removed the letters and slowly moved the wood burner along the lines. It took time (and some practice on a scrap piece of wood) to get the letters dark and even, but it turned out great! Just another way to incorporate papercraft tools into an everyday project! Check out the photo below, I would love to hear your comments!

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One Comment

  1. Posted January 11, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    My hubby works with wood and he mentioned he would like to try wood burning. Maybe I will give it a go. Nice Box!!

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