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Hi, all! I’m back this time with one of my favorite crafts. I got a wild hair a few years ago to use a wood burner and DIY some personalized wooden cutting boards for my family. It took some trial and error, and I had to play around with the techniques I used and wood burner heads. Ultimately, they turned out great. This project takes a lot more time than some of the others, but is extremely gratifying and makes an adorable gift! Check it out!
- CriCut or cutting machine
- Vinyl in any color
- Transfer paper
- Weeding tools for cutting machine
- Tape measure or ruler
- Bamboo cutting boards
- Wood burning kit
First, you need to create the design for each cutting board. I like to scroll through Google Images, Pinterest, and Instagram for inspiration. I was making several cutting boards at once for gifts, so I designed each cutting board individually. I used the Cricut app to create my design, then adjusted the size after measuring the cutting board. Once you have chosen and created a design, it’s time to cut it out.
Use your CriCut or cutting machine to cut the vinyl. I use my CriCut a lot, so this is second nature to me. If you aren’t familiar with using your CriCut, you can check out this tutorial from
The process is pretty easy from there. Just cut, weed out the design leaving the background and transfer it onto the board. Make sure to measure it and get it centered. If you aren’t sure how to do this, I recommend checking out this post by Daily Dose of DIY. Chris tells you in detail how to design, cut, and in a link to another post at the bottom of the page, how to transfer the vinyl to your project. I LOVE my Cricut and use it constantly. I feel like you have to get one if you are a serious crafter!
Then I used a variety of heads on the wood burner (I got this from Michaels) to burn the design into the boards. Once you are finished burning, you can remove the vinyl. I also got an extra cutting board to practice with first. What do you think?