Thanks to Scorch Marker for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are honestly my own.
Summer is in full swing, and it’s the perfect time for DIY projects like this fun wood burned utensil set for your backyard BBQs and picnics. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Scorch Marker to create a special set of summer stencils you can use for this along with any other project you’d like to make. Check out this video for full instructions plus a code to grab the stencil download for FREE!
wooden utensils (I used this bamboo set from Amazon)
Heat Tool with at least 1000 watts of power
cutting machine (I used Cricut Joy), removable vinyl, and transfer tape OR pencil and stencil image printout
fine grit sandpaper (I used 500 grit)
food safe sealer (I used homemade wood butter)
Step 1: Download the Summer Stencil Set and choose your images.
Use the code “beachbum1” at checkout to get this stencil set for free! You’ll get each image in several different digital formats to use in any way you like.
Step 2: Create your physical stencils.
I used the PNG files and uploaded them to Cricut Design Space. Then I used the Cricut Joy to cut the images from removable vinyl. If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, you can use the pencil image transfer method instead. For a full tutorial on the pencil method, check out this post.
Step 3: Sand your utensils.
This will remove any kind of coating that may be on them, as well as giving you the smoothest possible surface, which is important for getting a clean image.
Step 4: Place your stencil on the utensil wherever you want it to go.
I did some on the handles and others on the large flat parts of the utensils. If you’re making your stencils with a Cricut, follow along with the video to see exactly how to use transfer tape to move all of the pieces of your vinyl stencil at the same time. Make sure to press down firmly to adhere the stencil in place.
Step 4: Fill in the open parts of the stencil with Scorch Marker.
I like to use the bullet tip end and just color in the spaces. A little bit goes a long way. Once the image is fully inked, remove the stencil. The marker area will look wet and slightly pink.
Step 5: Apply heat.
Use a heat tool to evenly apply heat to the area you stenciled. Hold the tool about 6″ from your project, moving it back and forth until you see the color change. The more heat you apply, the darker the image will become.
The ink from the Scorch Marker Pro is actually having a reaction to the heat that causes your design to physically burn itself into the wood. This burn is permanent, and won’t wash away. If you do make a mistake, though, you can sand the piece until you remove the error and try again.
Step 6: Apply a food-safe sealer.
I used a homemade wood butter, but you can use any non-toxic and food-safe sealer you like. This will protect and seal the wood, ensuring that your utensils will look great for a long time to come, even with regular use.
These are so much fun to make; the hardest part will be deciding if you want to keep them for yourself or give them as a hostess gift!
Since the stencils are digital downloads, you can also use them for other kinds of projects too! Combine them with acrylic or fabric paint, or use the cut vinyl images to create coasters, signs, invitations, tote bags, apparel, and more. Remember to use the code beachbum1 to grab this download for free at scorchmarker.com. I hope you love them as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what you create. As always, I’d love to see photos of your projects using these stencils; be sure to drop them in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so we can all be inspired.
Be sure to check out these other fun Scorch Marker projects too: