Would you like to give a gift from the heart this holiday season?
In this DIY Christmas Ornaments – Santa’s Elf, I am going to show you how easy it is to create beautiful DIY Christmas ornaments for your friends and family.
DIY Christmas Ornaments – Santa’s Elf
For my woodburning art, I use a TRUArt professional woodburning detailer with digital temperature control.
The model I use is the Dual Pen Professional Woodburning Detailer.
It is a 60W tool with digital temperature control and 50 premium detailing tips.
Christmas Ornament Templates
The image from this tutorial is from the Design Bundles Christmas Craft Bundle Package.
If you are looking for some beautiful designs for your ornaments that you can sell or make as gifts, Design Bundles is the place to look first.
You will find designs for any season that you get in the bundle package is overwhelming.
For this image visit The Christmas Craft Bundle 3.
What Wood Should You Burn?
Deciding what wood to burn can be a challenge. All wood will burn differently, and some wood is toxic to burn.
So please do some research to learn if the wood you are interested in burning is safe for woodburning.
The most popular woods for pyrography are:
Basswood – Basswood is my favorite wood to use for my rustic woodburning. They come in different sizes and shapes and can be purchased online or in most hobby stores.
Poplar – Is used by many artists for photorealism art. It is a hardwood and is easy to burn. I use poplar for my rustic signs. You can purchase poplar wood on most hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Birch Plywood – I use birch plywood for rustic ornaments I burn on. It is more challenging to burn, but with practice, you will get a feel for it. It is crucial not to burn into the glue. Burning the glue can cause health problems. I purchase my ornaments at Wood Craft Supplies.
I have searched for a long time trying to find a hobby store on a woodcraft supply online site that carried the products I was looking for.
I discovered Wood Craft Supplies about a year ago, and I could not have been happier. They have everything I was looking for and more. The prices are very competitive, free shipping when you purchase a certain amount, and the quality of the product is perfect.
Burn The Contour Of The Subject And Letters
The first step is to burn the contour of the subject and the letters of the ornament.
The contour is the outline of the subject.
You can paint the letters if you would like but I think it looks rustic if you burn the letters.
You can sketch the object on the wood ornament with a pencil or trace the letters and Santa’s hat with graphite tracing paper.
Tips for burning the contour:
- Use a low heat
- Do not press hard on the wood. Just use the weight of the woodburning tool you are using.
- Let the heat create the line
- Move the woodburning tool slowly if you want the line darker or move the woodburning tool faster if you want a lighter line.
DIY Christmas Ornaments – Santa’s Elf Video
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