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Using a Wood Burning Pen on Wood Slices

Hi creative friends! We’re really excited to share this fun craft idea using a wood burning pen directly on to wood slices to make pretty ornaments. And although thes were made specifically for Easter, any image or phrase for all seasons and occasions can be applied to wood slices in the same way.

Lettering on wood slices using a wood burning pen and placed next to a tulip and bows.

Using Wood Burning Pens for Crafting

Even I was amazed at how quickly I became hooked on using my wood burning pen to make these lovely ornaments for Easter. And I especially love that I can choose any design for any season or occasion to make these ornaments all year long. Using my Cricut cutting machine, I’m able to easily pick and choose templates from the Cricut Design Spce library.

Wood slice with lettering made using a wood burning pen stacked together next to faux flowers.

Don’t have a Cricut? No problem. You can also use a standard painter’s stencil or even free-form the design directly on to the wood!

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How to Use a Wood Burning Pen on Wood Slices

You can follow along to this step-by-step video of the wood burning pen in action during one of our live crafting videos from our Facebook page! But if you prefer the photo tutorial, please continue reading below.

Choosing a Design

To begin, you can choose any one of the hundreds of templates in the Cricut Design Space library to cut out in a removable vinyl. Be sure to size it to fit on your wood slice or scrap piece of wood before cutting out the vinyl. 

Cut it out with the Cricut cutting machine on any color using a Removable Vinyl.

Cricut machine.

Once cut, peel off the vinyl leaving behind the smaller letters. You want to use the knockout of the design so that the vinyl works much luck a stencil you. This is also a great option if you don’t have a cricut machine, simply choose a small scaled stencil to transfer the image on to the wood.

Place the vinyl knockout on top of the wood slice and press in place.

Sticking removable vinyl with lettering onto a wood slice.

Using the Wood Burning Pen

Apply the tip of the scorch marker on to the wood in the areas of the template/stencil that are open. Alternatively, you can also draw your own design by free forming if you’re so inclined.  

Using a wood burning pen to transfer a saying using the removable vinyl as a stencil.

Once image is transferred, remove the vinyl and discard. 

Apply heat from a heat gun or hair dryer over the wood slice in the areas that you used the scorch marker until the design appears more noticeably.

Holding a wood slice with lettering made using a wood burning pen.

Finishing

Once you’re happy with the design, finish off the wood slice by making it in to an ornament. Glue a ribbon or a pre tied bow and decorative faux florals onto the wood slice above the wood burned lettering. And lastly, add a ribbon loop to the top for hanging.

More Crafts with Wood Slices

If you haven’t tried crafting with wood slices yet, you’ll find yourself really enjoying it. We’ve shared a few other projects using wood slices such as these hand lettered wood slice Easter ornaments, these wood slice DIY keychains, and as a part of this felt bunny Easter decor.

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Collage showing how to use a wood burning pen on wood slices and a finished wood slice.

Using a Wood Burning Pen on Wood Slices

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Materials
  

  • Scorch Pen
  • Birch wood slices
  • Vinyl cut out on removable vinyl
  • Heat gun

Instructions
 

  • Cut out your design with the Cricut cutting machine on any color using a Removable Vinyl. Alternatively, you can use a small scaled stencil or simply free-form the design directly on to the wood slice.
  • Place the template or stencil on top of the wood slice and press in place.
  • With the scorch marker, use the vinyl cutout as the stencil to transfer the image onto the wood slice.
  • Remove the vinyl and discard.
  • Apply heat using a heat gun over the wood slice in the areas that you used the scorch marker until the design appears more noticeably.
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