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One of my first posts was my DIY Menu Board tutorial, which is now getting plenty of use on my kitchen wall. But before I show you the “command center” it is a part of, there was one last piece I needed to tackle. It’s nothing major–I really just needed something to fill a space so everything lined up right, so I thought I’d make a sign with our last name on it to hang above some other pieces. But it’s been a fun project, so I thought I’d share!
Here’s what I used for part one, the wood burning:
- Wood for sign
- Printout of text
- Permanent marker (fine tip)
- Wood-burning tool
(The frame pictured is just what I set my wood-burning tool on while it’s hot, since I do most of my crafting on the living room floor–very carefully!)
First, I typed up the text I wanted in the fonts I liked. I measured the width of the wood and used the “ruler” feature on Word to size the font correctly. Then, I would have printed it off, if our printer had been working; instead, I ended up resizing the text on-screen, holding a piece of paper up to the computer monitor, and lightly tracing the text with a pencil onto my paper. Hey, I’m nothing if not resourceful! But printing it would have been easier, so you should go with that….
Next, I cut out my text, used a ruler to find the exact middle of my piece of wood, and centered the papers as I wanted them. Then I held them in place with one hand while I traced over the letters with a permanent marker, slowly, so the ink would bleed through onto the wood.
Then came the fun part! I fitted my wood-burning tool with a fine tip and carefully traced the inked letters.
I’m not gonna lie, there’s something exhilarating about burning things. And burning it into something pretty? Awesome.
This was my first attempt at wood-burning, but I think it turned out well! In fact, I was a little sad to paint over it today, but it just didn’t match….
Part II: Painting will be coming soon!