Handmade Holidays Blog Hop – Wood Burned Family Tree
I am so excited to be participating in the 7th annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop again this year. This is my third year participating in the hop and it’s my very favorite one of the year. There are always SO many great holiday ideas shared! Last year I shared an easy Bath set, and the year before I made fun little minion peg dolls. This year I have a more personal gift in mind, a wood burned family tree filled with leaves representing each family member! You can do this project with no wood burning experience, it’s the perfect beginner project and a personal gift that will be treasured for years. Be sure to read all the way to the end to see the other fabulous gift ideas, and enter the giveaway brought to you by our amazing Hop Sponsors!
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This is what you’ll need to make your own Woodburned Family Tree:
- Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge Panel (large)
- Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool Wood Burner
- Graphite Tracing Paper
- Printable Family Tree Outline
- Colorbox Ink Pads
- Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Markers
- Clear Spray Sealer
Print out the two halves of the Tree outline I’ve created (free for your personal use). Because the Wood Panel is so large, I used two sheets of paper printed in portrait mode to get two sides of the tree, which I taped together to make a large tree more appropriate for the panel size.
Tape the two sides of the tree side by side over graphite transfer paper and position the tree over the center of the Bark Edge Panel. Trace the tree outline with a pen (or pencil) to transfer the image onto the wood.
Use the Flow Point Tip on the Creative Versa-Tool to wood burn the outline into the wood. Use slow and steady pressure and complete the entire outline.
Use the Shading point to fill in the tree. Lightly brush the tip across the wood. Try to keep the point going the same direction. I like to burn with the grain of the wood rather than against it.
Add your Family Name to the bottom under the tree, or personalize it however you’d like. You could also add an established date too! Obviously, mine won’t say “family name” when it’s gifted lol. I left that part off for gift giving surprise reasons.
Press a finger onto the ColorBox ink pad. Make sure to cover the entire fingertip. Press straight down onto the wood by the tree branches to create a “leaf”
Repeat with each member of the family. Use an Ultra Fine Point Permanent marker to label the leaf with the name of the person it belongs to.
The ink dries pretty well and doesn’t seem to smear. But just in case, to keep the ink from smearing, you can spray a clear acrylic coating over the prints. You can continue to layer prints over the sealer for as long as is necessary to get all the fingerprints.
Gift the ink pads along with the finished tree so that the recipient can continue adding fingerprints to their family tree as their family grows! This would make a great gift for a grandparent, or someone just starting their own family. Customize it even further by using their favorite colors for the leaves instead of green leaves.