12 Projects that Prove Woodburning Isn't Just for Kids

Trend Spotting with BHG: Raw Wood
If the last time you attempted a woodburning project was in Girl Scouts or summer camp, it's time to revisit the classic craft. Pyrography, the art of decorating wood with burn marks, is making a comeback, so we turned to some of our favorite DIY bloggers for modern inspiration on rustic woodburned crafts.

Practice Your Penmanship

What do you get when combine a wood slab and hand lettering? A custom wood burned sign that'll add warmth and texture to even the most contemporary spaces. As DIY blogger Carrie shows us, even mid-century modern decor can benefit from a small rustic accent, particularly when it's personalized. Learn more at Dream Green DIY.

Gift-Worthy Cutting Boards

Seared, sealed, delivered? Heat-stamped wood cutting boards make the perfect housewarming or holiday present for the typography-loving chef. While the personalization options are endless when working with a woodburning tool and hot stamps, we're partial to Dream a Little Bigger blogger Allison's idea of labeling cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen. Safety first! Learn more at Dream a Little Bigger.


Initial Vases

Carving initials into a tree may be a romantic way to express your love -- but as it turns out, it's not very healthy for the tree! Instead, follow Jen of City Farmhouse's lead and burn your initials into flower vases made from strips of birch bark, tin cans, and twine. Even if your feelings fade, rest assured your woodburning won't! Learn more at City Farmhouse.

Wall Art for Beginners

To celebrate her family's love of travel, Katie of Addicted 2 DIY created this custom wall art using her woodburner and a store-bought slice of wood. Unbelievably, it was the DIY blogger's first time attempting a woodburning project. The secret to her steady hand? Tracing the design on paper, and then transferring it to the wood slice. Learn more at Addicted 2 DIY.

Tabletop with Global Appeal

When Alisa Burke discovered a round piece of wood in her shed, she saw its potential to become something special. With just a ruler, a compass, a woodburner tool, and lots of patience, the artist and blogger burned an expansive mandala into the wood, eventually turning it into a side table. Simplify her intricate woodburning project by choosing a small-scale design. Learn more at Alisa Burke.

Oversize Dice

The bigger the dice, the better your chances of winning at Yahtzee? Probably not, but this oversize woodburned dice set from DIY blogger Ryan Foy will certainly make trying to win even more fun. The most complicated step of this woodburning tutorial isn't finding the blocks or burning the dots -- it's learning the rules to the game! Learn more at Momtastic.

Affordable Frame Upgrade

Looking to make your personal photos a little more ... personal? Display your favorite shots around the house in woodburned picture frames featuring simple freeform shapes or geometric patterns. Once you master this easy woodburning tutorial, you'll be inspired to create custom designs on all the plain wood objects available at your local hobby shop. Learn more at A Beautiful Mess.


Woodburned Trivets

Inspired by a project in our own Do It Yourself magazine, Kelly of Live Laugh Rowe put woodburner pen to cork and created a set of custom trivets. An easy entree into woodburning, this quick and easy craft requires little more than a couple of cork trivets, a black marker, a woodburning tool, and your imagination. Learn more at Live Laugh Rowe.

Tiny Keepsake Box

A small wooden box designed to hold personal treasures becomes a keepsake itself when customized with woodburning. European blogger Lynn of Cosymore personalized her tiny jewelry box with a woodburner tool, first transferring text to the lid for easy-to-read typography. A geometric pattern on the inside is a playful and unexpected touch. Learn more at Cosymore.

Pretty Pencils

Forget flowers. What we really want is a freshly sharpened bouquet of woodburned pencils for our desk! You need a steady hand to use a woodburning tool on such a small, skinny surface, but as Anna of Journey into Creativity demonstrates, the graphic results are well worth the effort. Learn more at Journey into Creativity.

Quick and Easy Tray

Looking to make breakfast in bed even more romantic? Sear a secret message into a plain wood tray -- the perfect project for a woodburning novice. Laurel of A Bubbly Life used her woodburner tool to draw her and her husband's initials inside a simple heart, turning an everyday tray into a cherished keepsake. Learn more at A Bubbly Life.

Adorable Baby Blocks

A baby's nursery isn't complete without a set of wooden blocks, but why buy when you can burn? The classic stacking toy becomes an instant heirloom when woodburned with favorite children's characters and eye-catching typography. Unless you're an expert at manipulating tiny curves with your woodburner tool, you might want to stick with simpler graphics and straight lines. Learn more at HelloBee.

Bring the trend of raw wood into your home, whether your style is rustic or modern!

Bonus: Raw Wood Ideas

Learn how you can incorporate raw wood into your favorite rooms. These creative ideas show simple ways to add rustic appeal.

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