My last holiday craft involving pallet wood also involved a new skill — wood burning!! I’d never successfully tried wood burning before, but I figured out what I’d been doing wrong and had a blast playing around with the new technique.
Before I got into the wood burning, I simply was making trees from the pallet wood. The first I made was a gift for my secret santa at work:
I cut out the tree using my jigsaw, sanded it down, added a hole for the ribbon and colored the wood using the restor-a-finish product I always rave about. Cute, yes? My coworker loved it. I also gave him a Home Depot gift card — he and I love to chat about our ongoing projects. He’s my Home Depot buddy!
I made a similar tree for my godmother, but to girl it up a bit I painted gold dots all over it to look like ornaments.
Then I moved on to some simple wood burned ornaments. I tried it out on some scrap wood first:
After doing some research online, I learned that you can use a soldering iron as a wood burning tool. The only downside is the lack of interchangeable tips. I’d tried this before, but it turns out I didn’t let my iron get hot enough. This time I let it fully warm up — and that did the trick.
Once I’d tested it out on a few pieces of scrap wood, I started to make gifts for people. An “E” for the neighbors, an “S” for my mother-in-law and an “M” and “E” for Max and Eli, my friend’s sons.
Let me back track for a sec — all of these are from scrap wood, which I liked a lot because pretty much none of my pallet went to waste. I sanded everything down before burning it.
OK, back to the burning… once I got designs I liked, I added holes for ribbon or wire. Some I stained, some I left natural.
My buddy Maz really liked his little “M.” OK, he obviously couldn’t care less about it… I just wanted to share our selfie 🙂
The letters I did were fairly easy (Minus the “S”) because they were all straight lines. Since my soldering iron was a longer flat tip, that was the only shape I could do. Lots of dashes, exes and straight lines.
I got the idea to use those shapes to make wood-burned Christmas tree ornaments. These were my favorite.
If you smell them, they smell like campfire! LOVE.
I gave my sister and her BF the larger ornament with the star. The other I selfishly kept for us. I added a lumberjack-esque ribbon to it, too.
How adorable is that? It it cost me $0! The wood was scrap, the wire I add and the ribbon came off of a gift 🙂
I love to make Christmas gifts and I think these were some of my favorites that I made this year.