My sister-in-law introduced our family to wood burning many years ago. I didn’t know it then that this form of art is called pyrography, and there are so many things that you can do with this skill, providing hours and hours of handicraft time in your Charlotte Mason homeschool.
Pyrography: The Art of Wood Burning
What I loved the most of this handicraft when it was introduced to us is that it can be done by a range of ages. My teenagers loved it, and I helped assist our eight year old with learning the how to use the tools safely.
I always love finding handicrafts that uses tools that can grow with your children.
We tend to purchase these types of things for our children as birthday and Christmas gifts, and they love it!
They fun things about this handicraft is that my daughter, who is now approaching 23 years old (say what!?!) just made me some wooden spoons with wood burning of words. I love them! I now need something to display them because they look to nice to really use.
What Is Needed to Start Wood Burning
I wanted to share with you some of the basic things that you will want to use to start wood burning with your family, and start a handicraft they all will love.
- Wood Burning Kit
- Wood Circles – perfect for making Christmas gifts
- Extra Large Basswood – perfect for bigger project – this is where we started
- Pencils for sketching onto the wood
- Examples of what you want to sketch
Once you have these items, you are good to start working on the skill for wood burning.
A few tips to being sure everyone stays safe while using the iron…
SAFETY TIP: Be sure to keep little ones buckled in to high chairs to play areas, or maybe while they are sleeping to avoid the biggest danger of the cord, and tripping over it.
SAFETY TIP: Get the children use to holding it properly while it is cold, and not plugged in.
SAFETY TIP: Let your younger children watch the older ones as they learn to use it hot, before giving them permission to start a project.
If you family really enjoys this handicraft as much as I expect they would, I would love to recommend some good books to help you dig deeper and do more.
These resources could help your children, and you, learn a skill that could turn into options that become gifts for your family and friends, or even a business venture.
Pyrography Basics: Techniques and Exercises for Beginners is a great book to learn key things that will help children focus on mastering the techniques that could really make their projects shine.
Learn to Burn: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started in Pyrography – If you like more do this and then this instructions, this is the right one to start with to help you family learn the basic skills of wood burning.
Pyrography Workbook: A Complete Guide to the Art of Woodburning – Learn about wood burning for beginners, intermediate and advanced. It is one of the best sellers for learning pyrography!
Art & Craft of Pyrography, The: Drawing with Fire on Leather, Gourds, Cloth, Paper, and Wood – Explore 35 projects with this book from the best selling author from the book above.
Pyrography: 18 Step-by-Step Projects to Make – Your entire family will love to work on these 18 projects, and learn how to work on multiple material.
Pyrography Patterns: Basic Techniques and 30 Wildlife Designs for Woodburning – Mix nature studies and handicrafts with this resource that includes 30 wildlife designs, and 10 borders to learn as well.
Woodburning Project & Pattern Treasury: Create Your Own Pyrography Art with 75 Mix-and-Match Designs – Learn how to add dimension and composition to your projects.
Big Book of Pyrography Projects: Expert Techniques and 23 All-Time Favorite Projects – Handicrafts ideas bust in this book, and will keep your family exploring wood burning, and creating for years to come.
I would love to see your family’s wood burning handicrafts. If you share them on Instagram, be sure to use #thecharlottemasonway so I can see them.