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How to Wood Burn Wooden Spoons (and Make Them Food Safe!)

Wood burning on wooden spoons is actually really easy to do..and you can make them food safe! 

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Using vinyl stencils or silk screen reusable stencils made with Ikonart and torch paste you can make beautiful custom wood burned wooden spoons! 

This tutorial is going to assume you already know how to cut a vinyl stencil with Silhouette CAMEO or make an Ikonart reusable stencil with an inkjet printer  or by using black vinyl on the laser sheets!  If you don't, follow one of the linked tutorials.

Once your stencil or stencils is ready, grab the wooden spoons and torch paste.  I prefer the torch paste over the scorching pen because it's not only faster to use, it also covers better. 

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The only place I can find the wood burning torch paste is on Ikonart's website or the Torch Paste website. I can get you 15% off if you grab it from the Ikonart site and use my code SILSCHOOL at checkout.

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Place the stencil directly on the wooden spoon and press down really well making sure there are no gaps or wrinkles where the torch paste could bleed under the stencil. 

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Using a silicone mini squeegee or scraper, scoop up a small amount of torch paste and spread it across the stencil. 

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Remove any excess and put it back into the jar. 

Let the torch paste sit on the wood for about 2 minutes. 

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When the time is up, carefully peel off the stencil. 

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If you are using an Ikonart stencil you made you can wash it off, place it back on the carrier sheet and re-use again later.
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A vinyl stencil is one time use so you'll need to throw it out.

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Grab your heat gun and move it over the area of the wooden spoons until you get a nice dark wood burn.  The key is to keep the heat gun moving so you don't torch one area too much. 

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If you plan to use the wooden spoons for anything other than decor, you will want to seal them. 

To make these wood burned wooden spoons food safe is to apply a food safe wood sealer. You have a few options for food safe wood sealers. I would recommend Tung Oil because of it's fast drying time, resistance to water, and because it does not dis-color or change the wood finish.  All that's needed is to rub a few coats over the wood burned area (or the entire wooden spoon). 

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The floral designs used to wood burn these wooden spoons can be found here

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2 comments

  1. Can you use the torch paste with other stencil vinyl? Or did it have to be theirs?

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  2. I have used Duck Brand contact paper (that you use for lining drawers) on all of my stencils including for painting on wooden signs and have tried it on the torch paste and it works fine.

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