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diy wednesdays: birdie serving tray

by Grace Bonney

for our wedding a few years back, we went with a national parks/woodland wonderland theme (surprise, surprise). at the entrance to the log cabin where we tied the knot, we put out a woodburned “thanks for coming!” sign, and since then we’ve been looking for a good excuse to use our woodburning tool again. we had some hot iron transfers leftover from a recent embroidery project, so we thought it would be fun to try and transfer a pattern onto a serving tray and trace over it with our good old woodburning tool. just click here for the full post with instructions (and more pictures) or click “read more” below.

happy, happy thanksgiving!
(gobble, gobble, gobble)
derek & lauren


Here’s what you’ll need

-Hot Iron Transfers (we used Aunt Martha’s “Birds for Varied Uses” but we also love all the iron on transfers available at Sublime Stitching:

-Iron Wooden Tray (we used the “Skala” tray from Ikea, $12.99)

Woodburning Tool ($13)

-Damp rag

1. Carefully cut out the pattern you want to transfer and place it on your tray in the desired position.

2. Using a hot, dry iron, transfer the pattern onto the tray (this should only take a few seconds) making sure not to move the pattern paper as you iron over it.

3. If your woodburning tool has interchangeable tips, switch to the thinnest point for more detail.

4. Plug in your woodburning tool and while it’s warming up, prepare a damp cloth to wipe off the tip while you’re burning in your design.

5. Remove the pattern paper and trace the design with the tool just like you would with a pen or pencil. And please be careful. That thing gets hot!!

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