Plywood – Find some easily at Home Depot where you can ask them to cut it for you. I like to use reclaimed wood that I find at work and in my yard. I also check in with stores that typically carry wood crates. If I can reuse something, I do!
And that’s it!
To start, I like to trace my chosen image onto the wood with a pencil. This will eventually be burned right on, but for now, it’s best to have a guideline that can be easily erased if you make a mistake. If possible, try to practice on a piece of wood that you don’t want.
This will allow you to get a feel for the wood burner and all its quirks. It’s definitely not like a pen or pencil!
Once you have that down and your fingers feel ready, pick up your wood burner and start the actual burning. Tip: The longer the wood burner is left in one spot, the darker the mark will appear as a result. Don’t worry if you make a mistake during the burning process. You can use sandpaper to sand it out—and voila!—it’s back to normal so you can give it another go.