When just getting started with wood burning and etching, inexpensive kitchen utensils are the ideal material. Since the designs do not require paint, stain, varnish or other chemicals, they are safe to use for food preparation and decorative purposes. Expensive stencils are not required for novices or those with advanced crafting skills. Use these ideas for etching wooden utensils with a wood burner, and create something useful and highly unique. Since the raw materials are inexpensive, the potential for profit is great, especially when selling the items online or at local craft shows.
Transform a Wooden Spoon into a Rattlesnake
When trying to come up with ideas for etching wooden utensils with a wood burner, consider the shape of a spoon. Stretch your imagination a bit and you will be able to envision the form of a snake. The handle of the spoon can be etched to create a scaly body and tail, and the ladle can serve as the head. Using a sharp pencil, draw the eyes, nostrils and mouth on the back of the spoon and the edge of the ladle. Draw the first band of scales as well. The remaining rows of scales will be easy to burn by hand. If the spoon will not be used, complete your wood-burned snake by attaching a forked wooden tongue.
Make Easy Wood-Burned Flowers
If you think that you cannot etch freehand flowers with a wood burner, you are not using the right technique. They do not have to be highly detailed to look phenomenal. Make simple daisies by burning tiny circles into the wood. Surround a round center with smaller circular petals. Create dozens of flowers on a set of three or more wooden utensils. Use food-grade dye and a small paintbrush to color the delicate wood-burned foliage and blooms. Drill a hole in the end of each one, and connect the utensils with a narrow satin ribbon that coordinates with the colors of the blooms.
Etch Text into Wooden Utensils
Wooden spoons and other utensils can be etched with the names of herbs, spices and other food or kitchen-related messages. Do not worry about making the letters perfect. Some of the most impressive designs that are made with a wood burner are really very simple. Consider labeling wooden spoons and other utensils according to their use. For example, mark the word sauce on one and cake batter on another. Create simple cursive text, and surround it with hearts, X’s, moons or anything else desired. With a little practice and lots of good ideas, you will be able to make all sorts of decorative and useful items for the kitchen and other areas of the home.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience