Make this Wood Craft Wall Décor for your Home
I am always on the lookout for new things to try in the crafting world. I know you are too because here you are on Creative Fabrica. Everything you’ve ever wanted to try is available here. From knitting to graphic design and all things in between. Recently I tried a faux wood-burning technique that I really love. I saw one of my favorite creators make a wood project using scorch paste, and I decided to give it a try. Most of the gifts that I give are handmade, so I like to customize them to fit the occasion. It’s also a great way to give a gift that will fit into the recipient’s décor. My friend likes the farmhouse theme, and she was looking for a customized charcuterie board that could hang on the wall between uses.
Try this Easy Faux Wood Burning Technique for your Home Décor
I knew I had just the right piece of wood and some handles that I found on clearance from Hobby Lobby. You can use any piece of wood you have on hand. This is a great gift idea for the upcoming holiday season. Wood cutting boards, ornaments, and personalized signs are just a few ways you could make this project your own. For my project, I’m using a piece of pine that I picked up at Home Depot. They have a 70% off cart on the wood aisle. It’s a great way to pick up project pieces, and it’s very affordable.
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Step 1: Choose Monogram for Stencil
The first thing I must do is decide what I want to put on my board. I searched Creative Fabrica for a split monogram that I liked then I imported it into Cricut Design Space so that I could cut a stencil. My board is 17”x24” so I made a rectangle that size in the program and added the names of the couple. I also added the wedding date. I used permanent vinyl to cut a stencil, then I weeded it by removing the letters and the design.
Step 2: Working on the Vinyl
I use contact paper from The Dollar Tree as transfer paper and I get two or three uses from it before I must throw it away. I cut this stencil from a 12”x12” sheet of vinyl and kept it intact so it was easy to line up and center it on my board. I burnished the vinyl along the edges and openings so that my medium wouldn’t seep under the vinyl. This is an important step any time you are using an adhesive stencil. I also taped around the edges of my stencil, so I wouldn’t go over them with the paste.
I didn’t do anything to prepare my board. It was already sanded and smooth. I applied the scorch paste with a squeegee that I purchased on Amazon. Apply a thin coat, then scrape the excess back into the paste container. Wait 2 or three minutes for it to dry.
Step 3: Using the Heat Gun
My heat gun has a wide spout and I wanted to make it more directional, so I made a funnel shape with aluminum foil. I attached it to the heat gun by wrapping it around the front. As I apply the direct heat, my image starts to burn into the wood. I’m actually not sure if the wood is burning or if it’s just the medium that is burning. In the picture below, you can see that some of the raw wood is being scorched, too. I’m going to have to experiment to see if there is a way to prevent that.
It took about 15 minutes with the heat gun applying direct heat to burn the entire image. I’ve never done actual wood burning, so I don’t know if this is a faster result. I do know that I didn’t like the way the burning looked on unfinished wood. I went out to my workshop to find a solution to this problem.
Step 4: Finishing Touch
I looked at all my stains and decided that the raw material would soak up the stain and that the image would be less visible. I decided to use antiquing wax instead. I buy the Craft Minds antiquing wax from Michaels. It’s thick and, well, waxy. I used a wet rag to apply it then I rubbed it in using the same wet rag. The water causes the wax to spread more evenly on the wood. The water also lightens the color of the wax and since I wanted it to match the scorch marks on the wood, I tested a small area before I committed to waxing the whole thing.
My friend wanted a charcuterie board that could double as a tray or even a noodle board, so I thought handles would be a perfect addition. I found these handles on the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. They were $1.25, and they’re cast iron. So, this project cost less than $5 to complete. Less than $10 if I include the amount of scorch paste that I used.
I’m still debating about whether I want to attach straps on the sides and then attach the handles. I cut the boards and stained them, just in case that’s the way I go.
Tip: I had some time to experiment today, so I tried the paste with an open flame from a long lighter. I liked the results better and the parts of the wood that weren’t covered with paste didn’t burn.
Overall, this was definitely a technique that I will do again. Crafting is all about experimenting and making a project your own. I hope you’ll try a scorch paste craft for yourself.
Until next time – happy crafting!
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