Need homemade gift ideas for the holidays? Well the library’s Maker Space is the perfect place to get inspired! Every season our very own craft-master Vida Lashgari hosts a Giftmaking Morning Series here at the library’s Maker Space. Participants have made painted glass ornaments, felt jewelry pouches, felted soap and more! This past week’s craft was wood burned ornaments and it was just too beautiful not to try it out for myself.
The first thing I had to do was select the kind of image I wanted to burn onto my wood ornament. There were so many designs to choose from, but I finally decided to go with a pretty image of a deer. The next step was to trace the design onto the ornament using carbon paper. Once I had a traceable version of my image onto the ornament, it was time to start burning!
Carefully using the wood burning tool, which handles pretty much like a pen or pencil, I slowly retraced the lines of my deer directly onto the wood, creating dark, singed lines. Once I had the outline done, I went back to add some texture by lightly stippling dots and creating subtle lines within my image. After finishing the burning process, I used a mixture of paint and markers to add some color to my finished design!
To try these amazing gift making ideas for yourself, visit our Programs & Events page on our website at www.farmingtonlibraries.org to register for Vida’s free Giftmaking Morning Series, or stop by our Maker Space Thursday mornings for Vida’s weekly Meet the Maker Space open house hours! You can also sign up for our monthly Maker Space newsletter so you can stay up to date with the latest Maker Space news and programs!