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

Wood Burning with Cricut

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

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WHY I LOVE THIS PROJECT

I absolutely love making crafts and decorating with wood rounds. They come in all types and sizes which can make for some pretty unique projects. For this one, though, I wanted to go with a smaller-sized wood round.

Since this was my first time using the scorch marker, I didn’t want to choose a large wood round size. Instead, I opted to use small wood rounds that are perfectly sized to serve 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 the bullet tip and foam brush all in one.

This makes it easy to doodle intricate designs as you’ll see in my design choices below. The marker is non-toxic so you don’t have to worry about any nasty or harmful smells once you put heat on it. It’s may also be fun to know that this pen was created by a husband-wife team. The husband was a firefighter and avid woodworker!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Scorch marker (I purchased mine from Amazon.)
  • Wood rounds
  • Heat gun (a blow dryer will not work.)
  • Pot holder
  • Stencil vinyl
  • Cricut tools
  • Paint brush
  • Mod podge (for hard coat) Supplies for Wood Burning with Cricut

TUTORIAL: How To Do Wood Burning with Cricut

  1. Use your Cricut to cut out your design. I went for a sunburst type of design.
  2. Grab your Cricut tools and use them to “weed” or peel away the extra vinyl around the design.
  3. Apply the weeded design to the wood round using transfer tape. Apply the stencil to the wood surface
  4. Go in with the scorch marker and color in the open designs. Fill in the stencil uysing the Scorch Marker
  5. Then, remove the vinyl. You’ll be left with a drawn version of your design.
  6. For extra protection against the heat, place the wood round on a pot holder before using the heat gun.
  7. Begin applying heat to the wood round with the heat gun about an inch or so away from the surface of the round. Apply heat with a heat gun
  8. Go back and forth over and around the wood round until you get your desired wood burn look.
  9. Set the wood round on a surface that can handle heat for it to cool (think a cookie rack).
  10. Once it has cooled, add up to 2 coats of Mod Podge for sealing. Apply Mod Podge to the wood surface to seal

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

DIY wood coasters with Scorch Marker

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

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

MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS PROJECT

This is definitely a fun, new craft tool. Would I use it instead of a traditional wood-burning tool for everything? Probably not. I would most likely only use it if I had an actual stencil or detailed design that I wanted to make.

With a Cricut, you can cut your vinyl and make a stencil if you have a specific one you’d like to use. I do think this is a great option for that. But if I’m just free-handing or doing a larger project, then I would probably just use a wood-burning tool.

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

burn wood with your Cricut

MORE WOOD CRAFT IDEAS:

  • These decoupage ornaments made with wood rounds can be used in many ways. Decorate your own tree, use them as a tablescape, or give them as gifts!
  • If you’re looking for a way to add more of a wood round style to your home, you’ll enjoy these painted wood round wreaths. They go perfectly with just about any decor style.
  • Combine multiple seasons with these two seasonal wood round crafts. I made them reversible for a unique fall and winter decor piece.
wood burned coasters made with a Cricut

Wood Burning with Cricut

Learn how to easily use a different kind of wood-burning tool along with your Cricut machine to recreate the look of a real wood-burned craft.

Materials

  • Scorch marker (I purchased mine from Amazon.)
  • Wood rounds
  • Heat gun (a blow dryer will not work.)
  • Pot holder
  • Stencil vinyl
  • Cricut tools
  • Paint brush
  • Mod podge (for hard coat)

Instructions

  1. Use your Cricut to cut out your design. I went for a sunburst type of design.
  2. Grab your Cricut tools and use them to "weed" or peel away the extra vinyl around the design.
  3. Apply the weeded design to the wood round using transfer tape.
  4. Go in with the scorch marker and color in the open designs.
  5. Then, remove the vinyl. You'll be left with a drawn version of your design.
  6. For extra protection against the heat, place the wood round on a pot holder before using the heat gun.
  7. Begin applying heat to the wood round with the heat gun about an inch or so away from the surface of the round.
  8. Go back and forth over and around the wood round until you get your desired wood burn look.
  9. Set the wood round on a surface that can handle heat for it to cool (think a cookie rack).
  10. Once it has cooled, add up to 2 coats of Mod Podge for sealing.

Notes

Tip: Be sure to use even coverage with the marker so you don't have marker lines.

Another tip: Use mod podge for a hard coat so the wood rounds are waterproof.

DON’T FORGET TO PIN THIS CRICUT TUTORIAL FOR LATER:

Wood Burning with Cricut Stencil Craft

Looking for ways to keep all of your craft vinyl organized? Check out these Cricut Vinyl Storage Ideas.

2 Comments

    1. I did a lazy Susan with chalk paint and was advised to seal it with hemp oil to make it food safe. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and a professional was giving the class. Hope this gives you direction.

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