A few weeks ago, my hubby bought me a Versa-tool, and it is really pretty cool. Not to mention, it is quite affordable too… the “higher end” model is $18 (after using a Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s 40% off coupon - originally $30) and the “basic” model is only $9 (after using a Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s 40% off coupon - originally $15).
Moral of the story: you probably don’t have this tool, but it is pretty inexpensive, and you can do a lot of really cool things with it. The only difference between the two models is the number of different tips that come with it.
Anyway, I was dying to try it out, so I decided to make a set of wood-burned coasters.
You can buy wood coasters from any craft store (and you can probably get them at Target too – I bought mine from World Market).
|Even Scout wanted in on this DIY!|
If you’re daring, you can go ahead a free-hand your whole design using the Versa-tool (or you can sketch with pencil first, etc.).
Since one of the (many) things that this tool can do is image transfer, I decided to ask my friend Allison (Designs by Allison Joy) to write my last name – her hand lettering is incredible!! Check out her Facebook page to see some of her amazing work! You should really like her page too! :)
After she wrote my last name (“The Prays”), I transposed the image so that, after transfer, it would be correct on my coaster (I did this using Microsoft Word), and printed the image out using a laser printer (you must print with a laser printer - ink jet will not work).
Once you print your design, place your printed image ink-side down on the coaster. Using the image transferring tip, slowly move the tool on the paper in a circular motion (move the tool fast enough to make sure you don’t burn the paper too much).
Once finished, there should be an image transferred from the paper to the wood (it can also transfer colored ink!).
After the image is on the coaster, use the writing tip (or calligraphy tip, if you bought the more expensive tool), to go over all areas that you want to burn.
This part took the longest for me (but I don’t have a very steady hand, so I was extra patient).
I was really happy with the result. The coasters aren’t perfect, but with practice, I bet you can make some really cool stuff with this thing!!
Here are some more wood-burning ideas from Pinterest that I came across.