Wood Burning with Cricut – how to “stencil” burn on wood rounds

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No actual burning wood it is necessary with this project. I’ll show you how to use a different type of wood burning tool along with your Cricut machine to recreate the look of a real wood burning craft.

Wood burning with Cricut

A super easy way to combine wood burning technique with your Cricut machine.

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BECAUSE I LOVE THIS PROJECT

I really love making crafts and decorating with wooden rounds. They come in all types and sizes which can create quite unique designs. For this, however, I wanted to go with a smaller sized wooden round.

Since it was my first time using the burn marker, I did not want to choose a large round size of wood. Instead, I’ve chosen to use small wooden rounds that are perfectly sized to act as coasters.

wood burned coasters made with a Cricut

Speaking of this marker, if you’ve never used it before, here are some fun facts. Similar to other craft pens you may be familiar with, this pen has bullet tip and foam brush all in one.

This makes it easy to scribble intricate designs as you will see in my design choices below. The marker is non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about unpleasant or noxious smells once you put it to heat. It might also be fun to know that this pen was made by a husband-wife team. The husband was a fireman and an avid carpenter!

SUPPLIES REQUIRED

  • Burn Marker (mine I bought from Amazon.)
  • wooden rounds
  • Heat gun (a hair dryer will do Not Opera.)
  • Pot holder
  • Vinyl stencil
  • Cricut tools
  • Brush
  • Mod podge (for hard hair) Wood Burning Supplies with Cricut

TUTORIAL: How to burn wood with Cricut

  1. Use your Cricut to cut out your design. I opted for a sunburst type of design.
  2. Take your Cricut tools and use them to “peel off” or peel off the extra vinyl around the design.
  3. Apply the weed pattern to the wooden round using transfer tape. Apply the stencil to the wood surface
  4. Enter with the burnt marker and color the open drawings. Fill in the stencil using the Scorch marker
  5. Then, remove the vinyl. You will be left with a drawn version of your design.
  6. For extra heat protection, place the wooden round on a pot holder first using the heat gun.
  7. Start applying heat to the wooden round with the heat gun about an inch from the surface of the round. Apply heat with a heat gun
  8. Go back and forth around the wood until you get the desired burnt look.
  9. Place the round wood on a surface that can withstand heat to cool it down (think a cookie rack).
  10. Once it has cooled, add up to 2 coats of Mod Podge to seal. Apply Mod Podge to the wood surface to seal

Repeat these steps for each of your round wooden designs. In addition to the sunburst, I also did a botanical, animal and “happy place” design. These wooden rounds are the perfect size to act as coasters.

DIY Wooden Coasters with Scorch Marker

advise: Make sure you use even coverage with the marker so you don’t have marker lines.

Another tip: Use Mod Podge for a hard coat so the wooden rounds are waterproof.

MY BIGGEST RESULTS FROM THIS PROJECT

This is definitely a new and fun tool. Would I use it instead of a traditional wood-burning instrument? for all? Probably not. I would most likely only use this if I had an actual stencil or detailed drawing I wanted to make.

With a Cricut, you can cut the vinyl and create a stencil if you have a specific one you want to use. I think this is a great option for that. But if I’m just working freehand or doing a larger project then I’d probably just use a wood-burning instrument.

Overall, it’s a super fun way to incorporate your Cricut into your crafting and get a cool burnt wood look.

burn wood with your Cricut

OTHER IDEAS FOR WOODEN CRAFTS:

  • These ornaments for decoupage made with wooden rounds they can be used in many ways. Decorate your tree, use them as a table or give them away!
  • If you’re looking for a way to add more of a round wooden style to your home, you’ll love these round wreaths in painted wood. They match perfectly with any style of furniture.
  • Combine multiple seasons with these two seasonal round wooden crafts. I made them reversible for a one-of-a-kind piece of fall and winter decor.
wood burned coasters made with a Cricut

Learn how to easily use a different type of wood burning tool together with your Cricut machine to recreate the look of a real wood burning boat.

Materials

  • Burn Marker (I bought mine on Amazon.)

  • wooden rounds

  • Heat gun (a hair dryer will not work.)

  • Pot holder

  • Vinyl stencil

  • Cricut tools

  • Brush

  • Mod podge (for wirehaired)

Instructions

  1. Use your Cricut to cut out your design. I opted for a sunburst type of design.
  2. Take your Cricut tools and use them to “peel off” or peel off the extra vinyl around the design.
  3. Apply the weed pattern to the wooden round using transfer tape.
  4. Enter with the burnt marker and color the open drawings.
  5. Then, remove the vinyl. You will be left with a drawn version of your design.
  6. For extra heat protection, place the wooden round on a pot holder first using the heat gun.
  7. Start applying heat to the wooden round with the heat gun about one inch from the surface of the round.
  8. Go back and forth around the wood until you get the desired burnt look.
  9. Place the round wood on a surface that can withstand heat to cool it down (think a cookie rack).
  10. Once it has cooled, add up to 2 coats of Mod Podge to seal.

Notes

Tip: Make sure you use even coverage with the marker so you don’t have marker lines.

Another tip: use the mod podge for a hard coat so the wooden rounds are waterproof.