• Taylor Glenn

How to Make Woodburn Art - Pyrography Tutorial

Watch the video to see how to make a simple woodburned piece of art!

Prefer a written tutorial? Here ya go!

Woodburning, or Pyrography is something I’ve been doing for years, and I love it! It’s a great hobby to get into, and can be a great stress reliever. Whether your making pieces to hang on your wall, or making gifts for friends and family, you can’t go wrong with some simple woodburned art. So let’s get to it!


In order to make your woodburned art, you’ll need a few supplies:

•Pyrography Pen: You can buy a cheap set for around $20 at any craft store or amazon, and this will totally do. But if you really want to get into woodburning, I recommend THIS set.


•Wood: Some woods are easier to burn than others, but for something like this I just use the basic common boards from Home Depot. They come in longer planks, and you can have them cut down in store or you can cut them yourself. For this project, I cut it to a 12″x12″square. 

•Wood Stain: If you’re using a boring wood like I do, you’ll want to stain it. I use Minwax because I’m cheap. It does the trick! For this tutorial, I used Jacobean. Also make sure you have either a brush or cloth to apply the stain.If you don’t plan on painting around your woodburn to make it pop (like in this tutorial), be careful on using darker stains because they can make the woodburn hard to see. 

•Paint Supplies: Brushes, and any sort of acrylic paint will do, I use THIS brand because, again, I’m cheap. 


So what IS woodburning? Woodburning, or Pyrography, is basically just drawing on wood with a heated pen. It’s very versatile, and can range from simple silhouettes like in this tutorial, to fancy complex drawings! 

Step by Step

The Image

• The first thing you have to do is figure out WHAT you’re going to burn. If you can draw and want to freehand it, you can skip this step. But if you’re not the best artist and want to use a pre-made image, here’s how you do it! Find an image you like, for this style of art I just go on google and look for silhouettes of whatever my subject is. If you’d like to use my Batman one, you can download it here and print it (don’t forget to set it to 100% scale when you print!)