Step 1: Draw your design
Use a pencil to draw your design onto your cutting board. For a decorative border like the one pictured, draw a 1 in. / 2.5 cm. border around your cutting board. If you make any mistakes as you draw your design, you can erase them and start again. Good as new!
Tip: If your wood has been coated with a wax or varnish, sand it down before you start drawing.
Step 2: Start burning
Plug in your wood burning tool and let it heat up for 5-10 minutes. Make sure the tip you want to use is screwed on before you plug it in. When the tool is hot, you're ready to begin using the tool on a piece of scrap wood to get the hang of it.
When you’re ready to start burning on your cutting board, take a deep breath, steady your hand, and start burning your design, following your pencil lines as best you can. If you're creating a design similar to the one pictured here, start by tracing the border with a universal tip. Be sure to press hard and use even pressure as you work. This will help to achieve a crisp, dark line.
Step 3: Swap out pen tips
Continue adding designs using your universal tip, or swap it out for a decorative tip when you're ready. Following our lead to create a decorative border? Use a shading tip to create the leaf motif. To use a decorative tip, hold it down on the cutting board for approximately 3-5 seconds; remember to test it out on your scrap wood before you begin. Tip: Your pyrography tool is hot! If you decide to use a new pen tip, be sure to unplug the tool and let it cool completely before changing the tip.
Optional: Add food-safe protective oil or wax
If desired, apply food-safe protective oil or wax to finish your cutting board. All done!