With a simple wood burning kit that you can find at any craft store, you can create super fun, cute picture frames with your own design! While you're there, be sure to pick up some inexpensive craft or hobby wooden frames. Hobby Lobby has tons of these for cheap! <3
- natural wood frames
- wood burning tool
- metal ruler
To create a polka-dot effect, use the standard round attachment that comes with your wood burning kit. You can freehand your design or draw out a pattern with a pencil before going over each pencil mark with the tip of your wood burner. I suggest practicing on a scrap piece of wood or the back of your frame before attempting the front.
To create a starburst effect, use your pliers to switch out your round tip with the pointier tip. When placed flat, it will create a short line that you can use to make a variety of patterns. Practice on the back side, and then carefully start placing the hot tip on the wood and rotating it as needed in order to get a star pattern. Simply freehand these shapes, but you could also use a pencil if you preferred.
To create a triangular pattern, trace the right angle made from a metal ruler, and then use the same tip from the starburst frame and carefully trace the edges along the ruler. You could easily just burn straight lines into your wood using a similar ruler. Just be sure whatever you are using is not acrylic or wood as it will likely burn as well.
Consistency is key when working with a pattern, so do your best to keep your strokes about the same size and darkness. The longer you hold your tool to your wood, the thicker and darker your lines will get, so it's best to practice each new stroke a few times so you can see what effect each amount of pressure will have.
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