How to Wood-Burn a Wine Box

You'll always be the first person on the invite list when you bring friends wine & personal greetings in a wood-burned crate.

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How to Wood-Burn a Wine Box
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Supplies may vary depending on your wood project. I'm using a wine crate.  TIPS... Get wine crates at local spirits store for less than $2.  Get wood-burning pen & letters from AC Moore or Michael's.

Supplies may vary depending on your wood project. I'm using a wine crate. TIPS... Get wine crates at local spirits store for less than $2. Get wood-burning pen & letters from AC Moore or Michael's.

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My wooden wine crate is being given as an engagement gift. I wrote an original message to burn inside of the crate lid.  Creating guidelines using a ruler before burning helps with spacing.

My wooden wine crate is being given as an engagement gift. I wrote an original message to burn inside of the crate lid. Creating guidelines using a ruler before burning helps with spacing.

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TIP... Using test wood shows how much pressure is needed for the type of wood you're using. Heat your wood-burning pen for a few minutes to make sure it's nice and hot ensuring a dark impression.

TIP... Using test wood shows how much pressure is needed for the type of wood you're using. Heat your wood-burning pen for a few minutes to make sure it's nice and hot ensuring a dark impression.

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All wood is different. Knowing what type of burn you'll get on the wood before doing your whole project is helpful.  If you don't have a test piece, look for a discrete corner on your wood project.

All wood is different. Knowing what type of burn you'll get on the wood before doing your whole project is helpful. If you don't have a test piece, look for a discrete corner on your wood project.

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Here's a close up of the letters and other test stamps I did. TIP...  "I" and "E" always came out darkest because they're even and squared. "S" and "A" are tricky and the middle may come out uneven.

Here's a close up of the letters and other test stamps I did. TIP... "I" and "E" always came out darkest because they're even and squared. "S" and "A" are tricky and the middle may come out uneven.

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I tested letter spacing on my pre-drawn lines before doing the permanent stamp. I didn't have time to re-do my gift so I was being extra careful. Either way, space planning is always a good thing.

I tested letter spacing on my pre-drawn lines before doing the permanent stamp. I didn't have time to re-do my gift so I was being extra careful. Either way, space planning is always a good thing.

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Here we go... I know my letter darkness isn't uniform, but I think that adds to the charm of doing it yourself.

Here we go... I know my letter darkness isn't uniform, but I think that adds to the charm of doing it yourself.

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I did the lid, the inside and the sides of the box. Had to do the inside upside down! I also created guides inside the box to keep me straight.

I did the lid, the inside and the sides of the box. Had to do the inside upside down! I also created guides inside the box to keep me straight.

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Use your oven mitt or heat resistant glove to switch letters. Put hot letters in a glass or metal tray while not in use so they don't burn surfaces.

Use your oven mitt or heat resistant glove to switch letters. Put hot letters in a glass or metal tray while not in use so they don't burn surfaces.

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I used an "ace" shape between the three words here as a decorative spacer.  I also filled the crate with shredded raffia to keep the bottles in place and add a dash of muted color.

I used an "ace" shape between the three words here as a decorative spacer. I also filled the crate with shredded raffia to keep the bottles in place and add a dash of muted color.

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Here's a look at the finished lid and box

Here's a look at the finished lid and box

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This was my first time burning - it didn't take long. Message on the lid, sections inside & initials outside. To complete the gift, three personal notes speaking to my choice in alcohol for them.

This was my first time burning - it didn't take long. Message on the lid, sections inside & initials outside. To complete the gift, three personal notes speaking to my choice in alcohol for them.

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