Wood Burning Easter Eggs
Using the right tools, you can delicately engrave your eggs and they will last for spring seasons to come.
Photography: Manal Aman
Source: Martha Stewart
This idea comes from our friend Manal Aman.
Tips to getting started with the wood burning technique:
The wood's grain is a huge factor to keep in mind when choosing a design for your Easter egg. Wood burning stripes and squiggles pose a challenge on a curved surface like an egg because they will not appear very precise or clean due to the wood's grain. For this project, we found that the Flow Point gave the cleanest look. The flow point is used for dots and we used it to create a polka-dot egg, a floral egg, and add dotted lines to the monogrammed egg pictured here. The center of the egg is a bit flatter, which allowed us to create a small monogram letter using a few short strokes.
- Wooden eggs
Wood burning tool kit, $18, homedepot.com
- Masking tape
- Optional: Pencil
Tape the metal stand that comes with your kit to your working surface, ensuring that it won’t topple over. (Tip: This is really important because if it does tip over with a hot burner sitting on it, the burner will singe your desk.)
Use a pencil to draft out design, if desired.
Use the wood burning tool to engrave designs on wooden eggs. Here, a flow point was used to create the polka-dot egg and the floral egg. The flow point was also used to add dotted lines to the monogrammed egg, while a tapered point was used to create the monogram itself. (Tip: The longer you press the tool to the wood, the darker your imprint will look.)