A fun and easy introduction to pyrography.

A fun and easy introduction to pyrography. Photo: Romain Laurent

The Etsy Blog shows you a simple way to personalise your cutting board.

It’s the perfect time of year to stay indoors and cook a hearty meal. This beautiful chopping board makes the perfect accessory.

A wood-burned chopping board would also make the perfect housewarming gift.

Step 1: Draw your design

Use a pencil to draw whatever you want to burn on your board. I drew a line one inch from the edge of my cutting board, all the way around. Click for more photos

DIY: Wood-burned cutting board

Step 1: Draw your design Use a pencil to draw whatever you want to burn on your board. I drew a line one inch from the edge of my cutting board, all the way around.

  • Step 1: Draw your design

Use a pencil to draw whatever you want to burn on your board. I drew a line one inch from the edge of my cutting board, all the way around.
  • Step 2: Preheat your pen

Screw a chisel tip into your pyrography wood burning tool. Plug it in and let it rest for 10-15 minutes on a plate. Use caution - the metal tip of the tool will get extremely hot! Treat it as you would an iron and don't leave it unattended or within a child's reach.
  • Step 3: Burn your board

Slowly and steadily draw along the design you sketched in pencil, using even pressure to burn the wood. Do not pause on the wood at any time. If you'd like to take a break, place your tool on the plate and pick it up again when you're ready.
  • If you're making a design like mine, burn along the pencil line first. Next, use the chisel tip and rest it nearly perpendicular to the line on the wood. Hold for several seconds and repeat at 1/32" intervals all the way around the cutting board. Repeat on the other side of the line.
  • Wash your board with dish soap and warm water before using.

Happy entertaining!

When it comes to personalising your chopping board, the sky is the limit.

For this tutorial, we will be using a solid point burner.

What you’ll need:

  • Cutting board
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Pyrography wood-burning pen with a variety of tips.
  • Plate
  • Ruler (optional)