How to Make a Pyrography Christmas Eve Box
Create your own beautiful personalised Christmas Eve Box with a bit of pyrography. This traditional ‘wood burning’ technique uses a special tool to burn your design into the wood – which means you can personalise it to the max, using your favourite fonts and images!
By Rachel Richardson.
- Wooden box »
- Pyrography tool »
- Design software enabling you to reverse your chosen design to print
- Embossing tool » (selection of tips)
- Tracing paper »
- Downloadable Template Lid»
- Downloadable Template Front »
1. Measure the lid of the box. When you start your design think about the size and whether it’s easy to print. Set guidelines to A4 size in your design software. Don’t worry if your design is larger than A4. You can either print out multiple pages or arrange parts of the design to fit one page. You can cut up the design and arrange correctly in place once you’ve printed. But, before you print you’ll need to flip the image horizontally. You’ll find the option to do this in the settings of your design software.
Place a mirror to the left or right of your design to check your design has flipped correctly.If you can read it, you’re ready for the next step. The font shown is Autumn in November – you can find free fonts available with a quick internet search.
2. Cut off the excess tracing paper and place the ink side down onto the box. Arrange the design and tape into place.
3. Using the embossing tool, gently rub over the image to transfer the ink onto the box. Peel back the paper and check the pressure you have applied is enough.
Only rub where the ink is printed to prevent indentation elsewhere on the box. If you need to, fill in any gaps with a pencil.
If the ink does not transfer carefully fold back the paper keeping one piece of masking tape in place and pencil in the design onto the tracing paper. Fold back the paper and rub over the image again.
4. Repeat the process for the design on the front of the box.
5. Allow the pyrography tool to heat up for approximately five to ten minutes. Use a round ended tip as it will flow easier when burning. Use a fine tip when burning detail.
As you burn you will notice some build up on the tip, rub the tip onto the back of an old tea strainer to remove it. You can use a sharp scalpel to gently scratch away mistakes or scorch marks.