We really got into wood burning this year. I can’t tell you how fun this was!
We used a Dremel Wood Burning Tool (this tool) which I ordered from Amazon (you can get them at craft stores as well, but use your coupons! Because they are far more expensive.) and I got a set of extra tips like this one. To work with, at first I used branch pieces I sawed off a fallen branch from the yard. But soon I bought wooden rounds 2-4 inches like these or these. They are far cleaner cut and I really enjoyed how they didn’t get my table dirty.
I was addicted pretty quickly.
Some of my designs were complex…
Some were super simple:
To look for inspiration, I searched ‘simple line drawings’ in my search engine and spent quite a bit of time copying that. Then ‘simple snowflakes’ and after a while, I searched for other wood burned inspiration from all kinds of art.
When I had enough, I took a tiny drill bit and drilled a hole in the top of each round and placed a small eyelet hook into them.
I put a ribbon through the eyelet and they were all set to hang on the tree!
The kids started wanting to do it too. It seemed a little complicated to draw with something so hot for the kids, so I had them draw their ideas first and then they used the burner to burn their designs into the rounds.
I even spent some time burning tiny hearts into large acorns I dried from this fall. Addictive. I’m telling you. And so much fun!
I even drilled a tiny hole in the acorns and put a tiny eyelet hook in them so I could hang them on the tree too. By the time we put our tree up, we had an entire tree of homemade, handcrafted, incredibly beautiful ornaments.
(The heart is made from shrunken sweaters that my daughter loved as a little kid.)