For years I’ve wanted to try my hand at wood burning. I love the look of it, but I always felt a little intimidated by the process. Would I totally screw it up? Would I burn my fingers off? Recently more and more images of beautifully wood-burned items were filling up Pinterest and I realized it was time to take the leap.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought there was no better project to complete than placeholders. Imagine the delight on your guests’ faces when they arrive to dinner and find their very own wood-burned nametag? If it sounds scary, don’t worry. It couldn’t have been easier, and I’m happy to announce I didn’t burn myself!
These balsa wood tags were the perfect size to turn into placeholders. There are a few tricks to make burning the names into the tags a lot easier. One option is to use alphabet rubber stamps and lightly stamp the name on the tag; you can then go over it with the wood-burning tool. You can also find a font you like on your computer and print the names out at the desired size. Then, scribble a pencil on the back of the paper, place the paper on the tag, and lightly go over the computer-generated text. Once the name is transferred, go over the name with the tool. If you feel confident in your handwriting, you can also lightly write the desired name on the tag.
There were a few things I learned while creating these tags. First, practice on a spare piece of wood first. Wood burning is fairly simple, but it’s important to get a feel for how hard and long to press the tip on the wood. Second, when tracing the name start off using light pressure. You can go back over it to darken it.