We have insisted in many of our guides to Pyrography that woodburning is an art limited only to your creativity. Even with that said, there are times when you just can’t think of new ideas, no matter how hard you try. So in this guide, we will share one important tip and let you in on two projects to try.

Perhaps the biggest mistake many beginners make is to start burning wood before prepping. According to @Foxchapelpublisging on Fox Chapel Publishing, this is usually not a good way to get started.


We know you’re excited to get started, but a bit of prep work before you fire up the burner will go a long way. Sand the wood with progressively finer grits of sandpaper up to 400-grit. Tape the top of the pattern securely to the blank, slip graphite paper under the pattern, and use a colored pen to trace the pattern onto the blank.

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Take time to prepare your wood for the project. Don’t be in a rush, if anything. Sand the wood as best as you can, and then you can proceed to burning with fire thereafter.

The first project idea is learning how to draw a crow bird as taught by Brenda Wilkie on their site, Pyrography Made Easy.


In this tutorial I’m going to explain how to create the Crow pyrography artwork.  The crow is the fifth installment of my Backyard Birds tutorial series.  There are a lot of tall fir trees in my neighborhood and one year a pair of crows nested in one of the trees.   The crows became a common sight in my backyard as they feasted on the assorted bird food found there.  Todd managed to get quite a few different photos of the birds, but it was this image of the crow cawing that caught my eye.

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This is an interesting tutorial by the way. And given the fact that it is beginner friendly, you can follow along easily and complete the entire training in the shortest time there is.

The next idea is combing what you know about Pyrography to color an existing woodburning project, as instructed by Bede on Felt Magnet.

How to Color a Wood Burning Project

Wood burning and coloring make a perfect match. The simplicity of wood burning, also known as pyrography, lends itself to a variety of techniques and every level of skill. Coloring, on the other hand, is a great way to enhance the natural tones of wood. And who doesn’t enjoy coloring? For some, it is a mindless stress reliever, while for others, it is an exercise of autonomy: “I’ll choose whatever color I like!” Moreover, research indicates that coloring helps the brain to disconnect from anxious thoughts and focus on the moment. While it is not necessary to color a wood burning project, putting the two techniques together often make for magical results.

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You will love this guide because it is detailed, and because it teaches you to do everything step by step so that you are not lost on the way.


At the end of the day, these project ideas should help you come up with even more ideas to try in the future. Whether you are a seasonal wood burner or a beginner to Pyrography, the tips and ideas we have shared above should help you a big deal.