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11 Wood Burning Ideas for the Holiday Season 2020

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s never too early to get those artistic juices flowing and start preparing to celebrate your loved ones.

DIY gifts are where it’s at, as these handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces of art can be treasured and enjoyed for years to come. And, there is nothing more special than receiving a beautiful gift created from the hands of someone you love. 


This article will be examining 11 wood burning ideas to create this holiday for gifts that will last a lifetime.

1. Wooden Cooking Utensils

Decorated cooking utensils are a creative and fun way to get kids involved with all the pyrography fun this holiday season. Wooden spoons, spatulas, and even meat mallets can be part of the enjoyment of creating a piece that is both useful and sentimental. To go the extra mile, you can even dip the handles in paint for a pop of color. 

2. Crafty Barn Signs

One of the easiest and most common wood burning ideas to use for a gift this holiday season are barn signs. These rustic, handmade pieces are perfect for use throughout the house, in the office, and even in your business. Personalized last name barn signs are especially popular for use on the porch or outside the front door. 

3. Practical Cutting Boards

Another kitchen essential, cutting boards, are the perfect canvas for a wood-burned design. Cutting boards are great because these are easy enough to create yourself from scratch, giving you the ability to design every aspect of the board. When finishing the project, use something like food-safe mineral oil to ensure its practicality and longevity. 

4. Personalized Picture Frames

You can never go wrong when giving a personalized picture frame as a gift, especially if it’s filled with a sentimental photo or favorite memory. Wooden picture frames can be designed with names, doodles, or even meaningful patterns. The great thing about picture frames is that you can create several of them at once in a short time period and for an inexpensive price. 

5. Fun Wooden Games

From checkers and cribbage to tic-tac-toe, the game ideas that are possible for your wood burned gifts are endless. You could even take the opportunity to create your very own game, complete with inside jokes and fun memories. The best thing about wood burning games for gifts this holiday season is that they can be fully customized for you and the person receiving the gift.

6. Photos to Treasure

Hand-created sketches, paintings, and portraits have remained a popular gift for years and years. There is no replacement for the time and love that goes into one of these pieces. One way to really blow someone away and offer them a gift that will last forever is by permanently burning it on a piece of wood. Wood-burned portraits are sure to be valued for generations.

7. Keepsake Box

Jewelry, music, and treasure boxes are another gift idea to wood burn your creations into. When designing with a marker, wood-burning stencils can be used on the keepsake box to create patterns or lettering that looks professional. This is a wonderful gift idea because it’s a practical gift and a piece of art all in one, and is sure to be something you enjoy creating. 

8. Cork Earrings

Cork is a wonderful medium for the wood-burning novice, as it’s extremely easy to burn through but doesn’t catch fire quickly. Cork trivets and coasters remain a relatively popular option for burning on, but wood-burned cork earrings are a definite way to surprise a family member with your creativity. 

9. Sliced Ornaments

Why not create something designed to be opened before Christmas actually arrives? Sliced ornaments are an opportunity for the entire family to get in on the pyrography. Wood burning stencils can also be used on the ornaments to create holiday lettering and allow kids to enjoy themselves, too!

10. Custom-Designed Hangers

While hangers are a necessity that nearly everyone has, most people don’t have custom-designed hangers for their clothing. Wood-burned hangers are a fun, out-of-the-box gift idea for the more practical person in your life. It’s a much better gift than a pair of socks. 

11. Wood Burning Kit

As someone who loves pyrography, why not give the gift of wood-burning itself? If you have a family member who already has a creative streak, and maybe feels a bit nervous about getting started with hot tools, introduce them to the wood-burning marker. Using only a marker and a heat gun, they can create beautiful pieces of art just like you.

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