When I saw this arrow by Heidi Swapp I knew instantly it would inspire some tribal elements to my daughter’s playful theme in her room.
I have never done a wood burning project before this one. I have to admit that I it was something that I really wanted to do, purchased the supplies, and the tool had been sitting in my craft room collecting dust. Come on, who else has done that before?!! I know I am not the only one!
I had to ask myself why? Why had I not tried it? Well, it came down to me being actually scared to! I mean, this guy can get hot! So, I made sure for my first time trying this wood burning tool that the kids were not around begging for my attention. I actually did it and it was not scary and extremely easy!
So here are the simple instructions below:
Draw your design on the arrow with pencil and a ruler. You don’t have to be an artist. Just draw straight lines for your first time.
Heat tool up according to directions on the packaging. Use a chisel tip to follow the pencil lines. Let the tool do the work. You can tell when the line gets burned and when to start sliding the tool down the line. Slowly move down each line. The entire arrow is not wood but pressed board. Just the surface is wood, so the burning happens pretty quickly.
Erase the pencil lines that are left. Sometimes my lines were not perfect. That is ok though! I think it looks tribal and handmade!
This is a lot of fun to do! You can find both the Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall Arrow and wood burning tools at your local Michael’s Stores!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall Wood Arrow