Wood-Burning 101

We are back from a heart-filling, exhausting weekend celebrating the upcoming marriage of my little brother and his beautiful fiance. My family and I threw them a shower in our home town on Saturday and in so many ways we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from our friends and friends that feel like family. It was a sweet time of reminiscing on old memories and making new ones.

But enough of the sappy stuff and onto the decor! I’ll have a full recap later in the week (I forgot to dump the photos on my computer when we got back. . . oops!) but until then, here’s another little preview.

Let's tie the knot

Let’s tie the knot, what do ya’ say??

My mom has owned a wood burner for years and has always offered to let me borrow it so when I started dreaming up ideas for the shower I took her up on the offer! If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I love taking sticks from my yard and giving them a new life ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ). This project is no exception, only this time my ‘sticks’ were quite a bit larger and as per usual, had a good, crusty bark.
Logs
The hubs helped me slice them into 2″ thick slices and then I set to work with the wood burner.

Sliced wood logThis post is aptly named because as you might have gathered, this was my first pass with the wood burner and although I’m no pro, I did learn a few things along the way.

This is the wood burner I took and never gave back borrowed from my mom and similar to a hot glue gun, it was fully heated after about 10min.

Tip #1: do this OUTSIDE. 1) if you do it indoors you could burn your house down and, 2) if you do it indoors it will SMELL like you’re burning your house down.

Wood burning toolTip #2: sketch out your drawings BEFORE you start burning. I chose to do this on a separate piece of paper but I’ve also read that you can draw directly on the wood with pencil and then burn over it.Wood burning plans

Tip #3: the tortoise wins the race. In other words, be prepared to slllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwllllllyyy burn each letter/design. Trust me, easy does it.Wood Burning from thefrontpoarch.comTip #4: if your wood is uneven (like mine) it might be easier to do a quick ‘outline’ with your burner and then go back and slowly burn it. This worked well for me since I had so many letters!

Wood burning - take it slow!

After about 30 minutes, I had this masterpiece!
DIY Wood Burning

Wood burned log

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