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20 DIY Wood Burning Patterns You Can Build Today

Last Updated on August 8, 2020

Wood Burning Patterns

Wood burning can be a very rewarding, albeit, tedious, skill to develop. Along the way, you’ll make loads of beautiful works of art. Well, some of them will be beautiful, and the others…well, you’re learning!

To help improve your skills, you’re going to need a variety of different patterns that you can burn, ranging in difficulty from easy to complex. To help, we’ve scoured the internet, searching out the best and most unique wood burning patterns that we can find. The following 20 were our favorites, and we think you’re going to enjoy making them!

All of these patterns are printable, so you can easily print them out yourself and start burning them into your next project today! Find a pattern that fits your skill level, print it out, and get ready to produce a beautiful finished project.

1. Flower Pattern Deer by Everything Etsy

1. Flower Pattern Deer by Everything Etsy

If you like to burn nature-based art with a bit of a psychedelic twist, then you’re definitely in luck. This Flower Pattern Deer by Everything Etsy is a very cool pattern of a deer that’s got intricate designs filling it’s entire face, neck, and antlers.

This project has a lot of very fine detailed lines, so it’s probably not well-suited for beginners. But if you’re a more experienced pyrographer, you can definitely test and expand your skills by completing this ornate piece of artwork.

Difficulty Level: Advanced

2. Woodburning Turntable by Lowes

2. Woodburning Turntable by Lowes

This Woodburning Turntable by Lowes is an interesting geometric design that looks like the sun, or possibly a flower. It’s got many elements that get more and more intricate as you get closer to the center. This is a great choice for doing on any type of round surface such as a stool top or a mug slider.

If you print it out large, it’s not going to be very detailed, so a beginner could probably complete this, though it might be a good test for their skills. When printed out small, like for a coaster, the lines in the middle will be very small and detailed, so you’ll need a very steady hand and good eyes!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


3. Dexter’s Laboratory by Best on Internet

3. Dexter’s Laboratory by Best on Internet

Best on Internet brings us this awesome throwback to childhood, Dexter’s Laboratory! Now you can etch Dexter onto whatever you want, bringing this nostalgic classic back into your life. This is a pretty simple project since there are no detailed or intricate parts.

If you’re a complete beginner and looking for an easy project to get started with, then print Dexter out as large as you can and get to work! Some of the completely shaded spots may pose a slight difficulty, but you can always just outline those parts.

Difficulty Level: Easy


4. Etched Wooden Spoons by Design Mom

4. Etched Wooden Spoons by Design Mom

Originally intended as a great gift idea, you can also make these Etched Wooden Spoons for your own kitchen. There are several designs that make your spoons festive for anyone who loves to show off their kitchen and their crafts.

Difficulty Level: Easy


5. Be the Change you Wish to See by Alisa Burke

5. Be the Change you Wish to See by Alisa Burke

You can tell at first glance, this Be The Change You Wish To See In The World Pattern is not going to be an easy or quick project. There are tons of intricate lines and a whole lot crammed into this tiny space. But if you’re looking for a long project that will keep you occupied for many evenings, then this might be a suitable option.

Perfect for all sorts of surfaces, this artwork will spread the message of Mahatma Gandhi, hopefully, bringing peace to your home through its intricate designs and inspiring message.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


6. Tom and Tree by Best on Internet

This intermediate-level project, Tom and Tree by Best on Internet, is a great way to start expanding your skills by incorporating some semi-difficult wood grain patterning. It’s not very intricate overall, but it’s a great way to start stepping out of your comfort zone and expanding your boundaries a bit so you can start taking on some of the more difficult and intricate patterns.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


7.  Psychadelic Storm Trooper by AZ Coloring

7.  Psychadelic Storm Trooper by AZ Coloring

This fun Psychedelic Storm Trooper from AZ Coloring is a very cool restyling of a Star Wars Storm Trooper that will look good anywhere you burn it! There are some intricate lines, but they’re mostly straight, so it’s not a terribly difficult pattern overall. But it’s not a great fit for complete beginners either. Intermediate pyrographers will find this pattern challenging but doable, as long as they use the force to help them.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


8. Dreamcatcher Wolf from Pinterest

8. Dreamcatcher Wolf from Pinterest

Look at the intricate fur on this Dreamcatcher Wolf from Pinterest. It’s incredibly detailed, and definitely not beginner-friendly. This is a great project for advanced pyrographers to really test their skills and see what they’re capable of. It’s going to take a steady hand, sharp eyes, and lots of patience because burning all those detailed fur lines is going to be a tedious task.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


9. Darkwood Dragon by Darkwood Wood Carving

9. Darkwood Dragon by Darkwood Wood Carving

Darkwood Wood Carving brings you this epic Darkwood Dragon. It’s not too detailed, as far as dragons go, so an intermediate level pyrographer with a bit of ambition can definitely take this pattern on and slay the foul beast. It’s great for burning into shields for the renaissance fair or as standalone dragon artwork.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


10. Dying Tree from Pinterest

10. Dying Tree from Pinterest

This Dying Tree Project from Pinterest isn’t going to be an easy time for a beginning wood burner. There are a lot of intricate lines in the grain of the tree, the grass surrounding the tree, and even the rocks at the tree’s base. But if you can keep your hand steady for the hours it will take to burn this beautiful work of art, you’ll have a piece that’s truly worth the effort it took to make.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


11. Watching Wolf by Urban Threads

11. Watching Wolf by Urban Threads

Though it looks awesome, this Watching Wolf by Urban Threads is actually not a very difficult pattern to burn. If you have some intermediate skills you can handle it no problem. Even beginners can tackle this one with a little patience. It’s a very cool pattern that will work on a lot of different things, so feel free to try this one on anything!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


12. Artistic Elephant by Everything Etsy

Since wood-burning is a very natural art, blending fire and wood, two natural elements, we think it’s appropriate to include a lot of nature-themed patterns. This Artistic Elephant by Everything Etsy takes elephant artwork to new heights.

It’s wildly intricate, covered in mandala patterns that look as beautiful as they are detailed. It’s a massive undertaking only for the most advanced pyrographers to test their skills on.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


13. Simple Beginner Woodburning Pattern from Pinterest

13. Simple Beginner Woodburning Pattern from Pinterest

Finally, one that’s perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for a very simple pattern that’s great for those who are just learning but still looks great when it’s finished, then try this Simple Beginner Woodburning Pattern from Pinterest.

It’s just a basic pattern with curving lines and dots, but it looks really elegant. You can even repeat it to cover a larger surface or print it out enlarged so that one copy covers a large surface.

Difficulty Level: Easy


14. Bridge Over Water from Pinterest

14. Bridge Over Water from Pinterest

This Bridge Over Water pattern from Pinterest is a sight to behold. It’s beautiful, but it’s also going to take a highly-skilled pyrographer to complete. It’s a detailed piece of art that has wood grain, trees, and landscape to deal with.

We’d recommend that only advanced wood burners attempt to take this project on. But if you think you have the skills, we think it’s one of the most impressive pieces of wood-burning art we’ve seen.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


15. Realistic Owl Pattern from Pinterest

Another one for advanced pyrographers only, this Realistic Owl Pattern from Pinterest is one that is going to push the limits and skills of any wood burner to the maximum.

This entire pattern is just bursting with intricate lines and detail. From the individual feathers to the grain of the wood on the branch that the owl is standing on, every single inch of this burning is etched with finely burnt lines that will require the steadiest of hands to do well.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


16. Mandala Turtle from Pinterest

16. Mandala Turtle from Pinterest

Mandala patterns are all the rage and this Mandala Turtle Pattern from Pinterest is an excellent display of beautiful patterns that will keep you occupied for hours as you delicately burn them into your wood. It’s going to be a tedious task because there’s a ton of detail in this turtle’s shell.

This is a project best attempted only by experienced pyrographers with tons of patience. But the end result will be spectacular and well worth the heavy investment of time.

Difficulty Level: Advanced


17. Realistic Flower from Pinterest

If you want to step away from the psychedelic mandala patterns and try something more realistic, this Realistic Flower from Pinterest is a great option. The detail in the petals and all of the shading will test your skills and help you improve as you finish this beautiful work of art. Wrap it around a corner somewhere and show off your pyrography skills.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


18. Flowery Tree from Pinterest

18. Flowery Tree from Pinterest

Another pattern from Pinterest, this Flowery Tree is a bouncy and happy way to burn a little joy onto something. If you like festive artwork that’s not so serious, then this may be the pattern for you. It’s got some lines that are somewhat intricate, though an intermediate wood burner could handle it with some persistence.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


19. John Wayne Woodburning Pattern from Pinterest

19. John Wayne Woodburning Pattern from Pinterest

John Wayne is an American Icon, and this John Wayne Woodburning Pattern from Pinterest lets you burn his likeness into a piece of wood. It’s not very hard since there are no thin and intricate lines for you to contend with. Everything is pretty thick, giving you plenty of wiggle room. It’s a great piece for beginners to start working their way up with something a little bit more difficult, as this piece rides the line between intermediate and beginner.

Difficulty Level: Easy-Intermediate


20. Graveyard Bloom Skull Pattern by Urban Threads

20. Graveyard Bloom Skull Pattern by Urban Threads

No art list is complete without a skull, and what better way to present a skull than juxtaposed against some flowers? It’s like life and death together, and this Graveyard Bloom Skull Pattern by Urban Threads makes it possible for you to burn it into a piece of wood as art.

Though it may look intimidating to a beginner at first glance, there’s nothing too difficult about this pattern. There are no tiny lines, intricate patterns, or even any small details to consider. It’s a pretty straightforward and simple piece that falls right in between the easy and intermediate levels. It’s a great choice for intermediate pyrographers, but it’s also great for beginners to use to start pushing their skills to the next level.

Difficulty Level: Easy-Intermediate


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