Silhouette Saturday! DIY Wood Burned Tree Slice + free cut file by Katie of Katie Jarman. This post may contain affiliate links. Your cost is the same but it helps support this site and the fun freebies we share. See our full disclosures here.
DIY Wood Burned Tree Slice + free cut file
Hi all! Katie here. Today I’m sharing a tutorial with you on how to create this wood burned tree slice. It’s so simple using vinyl as a guide! I love the different shades of burnt wood you get using a wood burner. If you’ve never tried wood burning before, this is a great start! This is a great addition to your Christmas decor. I love how it’s modern, but still has an organic feel.
What you’ll need:
- Wood Slice
- Wood Burning Tool
- Vinyl (scrap vinyl works great!)
- Transfer Paper
- White Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Brush
- Silhouette Hook Tool
- and the FREE cut file!
Download the cut file here:
This cut file doesn’t need to be used exclusively for this project. It would work great as a vinyl design, or even printed out as a gift tag! You can do so much with this. We’d love to see your creations!
Start by measuring your wood slice, write down the height & width. Open a new project in Silhouette Studio. Using the elipse tool, create an oval using the measurements of your wood slice. Take the free cut file, and scale & position it in the sized oval. Cut this out using your Silhouette cutting machine.
We’re going to be using this vinyl as a stencil, so we’ll be weeding out the letters & the branches. Use your hook tool to do that, and also remove the edges, so you only have the oval left. Cut a piece of transfer paper to size, and rub the transfer paper onto your weeded vinyl. Remove the vinyl backing. You have your stencil ready!
Now we need to actually put our stencil on our wood slice. Position the vinyl over the wood slice, if you measured correctly, the oval should fit pretty close to the edges of the slice. Rub the stencil with an old card, make sure the vinyl sticks! Slowly remove the transfer tape, making sure the vinyl stays sticking to the wood.
I decided to paint in my branches instead of burning them. I love the white on wood look. Using your sponge brush & white paint, carefully dab the paint over the branches. The vinyl should act as a stencil, making sure the wood is painted wherever we weeded out the vinyl. Let dry.
Get your wood burner nice & hot. Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area when you’re wood burning. If you’re worried about burns, wear some gloves! We’re going to ‘trace’ the letters using the stencil as a guide. Go around the edges of the lettering, including the inside loops of the letters. This doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re just setting this up to be a sketch or guide for the final burning. Be careful not to hit the vinyl when you’re doing this! Melted plastic is nasty to breathe in. One the lettering is traced, remove the vinyl stencil from the wood slice.
Now comes the real burning. I’m using a chisel tip on my wood burner, since it works great for thin lines, as well as thicker areas you need to fill in. I use short, quick strokes going from left to right to fill in the larger areas. I love the texture & different shades of burnt wood this gives. You’ll be rotating your wood slice quite a bit during this process! Use the tip to fine-tune the thinner parts of the lettering. Once you’re satisfied, be sure to turn off your wood burner & set it on the stand to cool. Your burned slice is done! If you’d like, you can attach some hanging hardware on the back to hang it on a wall. I chose to prop mine up.
Katie @ Katie Jarman
I’m Katie! An illustrator, photographer, and creator. I spend my days illustrating custom portraits, and designing cutting files for paper crafting. When I’m not working, you can find me grubbing around in the garden, or off on an adventure with my husband & our dog. I enjoy fresh cooking, art, live music, and enjoying nature.