15 Easy Wood Burning Ideas For Beginners

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We’re sure there have been days when you’ve found yourself with too much time on your hands and nothing to do with it. There are only so many books you can read and television shows you can watch before you want to try something new! This is where wood-burning comes in. 

Wood burning or pyrography is simply the process of burning images onto a wooden surface. This form of art is also much older than you might think. Historians have discovered that artisans used heated metal rods to burn designs onto various wooden artifacts in countries like Egypt, China, and Peru. As time went by and pyrography evolved, the sources of heat to burn the wood changed. Artists moved away from using metal rods and began to experiment with pokers instead, using wood stoves to heat the pokers. Since wooden stoves were a new invention at the time, artists experimented more with pokers to burn wood. 

In later years, wood burning was done with knives and needles until various other ways of doing this art form, like laser engraver machines, were discovered.

In this article, we’re going to walk you through several different wood burning ideas that you can do in your spare time! Wood burning is a fun and simple hobby that is well worth your time and energy, so let’s take a closer look at each of the options mentioned on our list. 

Check Out The Easy Wood Burning Ideas for Beginners

1. Woodburning Cutting Board 

The first item on our list is a cutting board. Cutting boards are one of the best gifts to give someone, and they’re a kitchen must-have. When it comes to creating a wood-burned cutting board, we would recommend that you draw your design first with a pencil. Take care to draw it lightly so that you don’t have any pencil marks remaining after burning the wood. After you’re satisfied with the drawing of your choice, use the wood-burning tool that best suits your pattern and start to draw with it! 

2. Dragonfly board 

Our next option is a dragonfly board. Dragonflies are one of the most beautiful and interesting designs that you could ever create on a piece of wood. When it comes to this design, we’d recommend choosing smaller pieces of wood, such as ones that are sized for coasters. Since the anatomy of a dragonfly can take some time to get used to drawing, we would recommend that you draw it lightly with a pencil first before going all-in with the wood-burning tool.   

3. Floral eggs

Wooden eggs require a little more patience and expertise, but the final result is worth it. You can easily find wooden eggs online or at your local craft store. If you’re struggling to draw flowers on the surface of the wooden egg, then we’d recommend using the ovular shape of the egg to your advantage and using it to trace the petals of the flower. Remember that the egg does not have a flat surface, so you need to pay close attention to the pattern that you’re drawing. 

4. Basic moose

The basic moose wood-burning idea is ideal for those of you who are not entirely comfortable with drawing on wood with a wood-burning tool. All you need to do is draw an outline of the moose with a pencil, and then you’re all set to outline it with the wood-burning tool. If you would like a more intricate or visually appealing design, then we’d suggest filling in the outline of the moose so that you’ve covered more of the surface area of the moose. 

5. Wood Burning spoons 

This next item is the perfect gift for both artists and cooks! Wood burned spoons look lovely in someone’s kitchen and as a piece of art that can be displayed on a wall. One of the best things about wood-burned spoons is that you don’t have to draw something elaborate because you only have a small amount of space to work with.   

6. Craft a Simple Stencilled Design

One of the great things about creating stenciled designs is that you can do pretty much anything you want with them! All you need to do is find a simple stenciled design online, and you’re all set to start wood burning.  

7. Mini Fridge Magnet Mania

Our next pick in wood burning ideas is a mini fridge magnet or a set of mini fridge magnets. It’s no secret that we all love to cover our refrigerators with lots of different types of magnets that are colorful and pretty. If some corners of your fridge are starting to look a little sparse, we’d recommend making some wood burned fridge magnets. All you need are small pieces of wood that you have burned with different patterns, and you’re all set to get started decorating. If you want to make your fridge look brighter, you can fill in the empty gaps of the wood burned magnets with paint! 

8. Wood-Burn Your Own Block Town

If you have young children and you want them to play with toys that are non-toxic and chemical-free, then this next option is definitely for you. All you need are long and thin blocks of wood that you can turn into your own small town. You can go wild with the kinds of designs that you draw onto the wood, but once you’re done, the block town is perfect for kids, especially when they indulge in imaginative play. 

9. Craft Rustic Coasters

Craft Rustic Coasters

Wooden coasters are one of the easiest things to find at a craft store, but they can often look a little plain and boring. Now you have the chance to take your wooden coasters to the next level by covering them with elaborate or straightforward wood-burned ideas! We’d highly recommend practicing your wood burning skills if you’re a beginner-level wood burner.  

10. Create Simple Heart Keychains

If you’re an advanced wood burner searching for ways to practice your advanced skills, then these heart keychains are the perfect place to get started. All you need are some heart-shaped pieces of wood that can be attached to a key chain, and you’re all set to get started. One of the more tricky features of the heart-shaped pieces of wood is that you do not have much surface area to work with, so you need to make sure that you utilize the space that you’ve got wisely. 

11. Wood-Burn Your Own Greeting Cards

We’re sure you have spent lots of time in a gift shop trying to find greeting cards that are not boring and general. If you want to give a loved one or a professional contact a meaningful and beautiful card, then we would highly recommend giving them a wood-burned greeting card. All you need for this card is a piece of balsa wood. You can trim it to the size of the plain greeting card and stick it to the card’s cover. Next, burn the design of your choice, and send it off to the recipient! 

12. Game of Thrones Fan? Create a Cutting Board!

Game of Thrones was one of the most popular shows on TV a few years ago, and many fans still miss it today. We’d recommend creating a Game of Thrones-themed cutting board that has a quote from the show or a line drawing of one of the characters. The sky is truly the limit! 

13. D.I.Y a Custom Yet Elegant Serving Tray

Serving trays are wonderful gifts. They are simple, elegant, and easy to find. However, the average wooden serving tray can look a little bland and boring, so why not elevate it and make it look a lot more beautiful? A great thing about gifting a serving tray is that you can personalize it for the person you’re giving it to. We’d recommend keeping the design simply because you don’t want the classic wooden look to disappear! 

14. Create Your Own Wall Art

If you’re in the mood to liven up your work or living space, there’s no better way to do so than with some DIY wood-burned wall art. All you need is a piece of wood that suits the amount of wall space you have, and you’re all set to get started on the art of your choice. If you’re a beginner at wood burning, then we’d recommend keeping the design minimal and simple. 

15. Create a Rustic Centerpiece

The final item on our list is a rustic centerpiece. If a holiday or special occasion is coming up, you might want your dining table to look beautiful, but you don’t want to put fresh flowers on it. Therefore, a centerpiece is the ideal wood-burning project. You’ll simply need a block of wood and some imagination, and before you know it, you’re all set to get started with creating whatever you want to go in the center of your table. 


In this article, we took you through a list of 15 different wood burning ideas that you can do in your spare time. Wood burning is a wonderful way to pass the time, and it’s a great skill to learn! 


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