Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wood-Burned Cutting Board and Utensils

  I was planning to make some wood-burned utensils for my Mom's birthday last year, but when my friend Becky posted a few beautiful cutting boards that she'd wood-burned on Instagram, I decided that I needed to make one of those as well! I searched for a good cooking-related quote, and came across this one:

  It's perfect for Mom, because she really does pour a lot of love into her cooking! I drew the quote out on paper first, then rubbed all over the back of the paper with a pencil, then taped the design on the cutting board and re-drew all of my lines, firmly, to transfer the graphite to the cutting board. 

  It probably would have worked better with a softer lead, but it was enough to give me a guide to trace over again with pencil. 

  I couldn't find a wooden cutting board that didn't already have some kind of design on the surface, so I went with this bamboo one. I was nervous about it burning well, but it was actually easier to neatly burn this than the wood things I've tried.

  I had to do the wood-burning all at night, after the kids were in bed... that tool gets incredibly hot! 

  I added little hearts and dots inside the larger letters- I love how that looks!

  It's definitely not polished, but I love how this turned out!

  Then, to go with it, I burned a set of bamboo utensils:

  For these, I just sketched some designs in pencil directly on the utensils, then burned them.

  I did different, but complementary, designs on each one:

  I added little hearts at the ends of the handles:

  The backs of the utensils also have the hearts on the handles, but are otherwise plain:

  Again, I really love these! And I learned a lot while making the cutting board, so these are a tad less rustic.

  Here's the whole set together- I definitely wanted to keep this!

  And here's how I wrapped it:

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  1. I looooooooove these!!!! I'd probably have started a major fire with that thing, and here you are with these thin precise lines, lol. Make a set for yourself, lady!

    1. Thank you!! Lol, I was feeling a little nervous about it myself, so I was very careful. ;-) I should! After I finish up a bunch of other things. =)

  2. You are SO talented!! What a great gift!

    1. Thank you! One of the things I love about making is that every new craft helps with the other ones I've learned, and the other ones I've learned make it easier to learn a new one!

  3. Awesome work! It's so lovely I'd be afraid to use anything! You'll have to tell us how your mother enjoyed her gift and if she's as afraid as I would be of ruining it.

    1. Thank you!! I think I might be a little scared to use that cutting board too, but the utensils were quick enough that I wouldn't be worried about them. She said she really liked the set, but I don't know if she's actually using it! =)