Wood Burned Cutting Board from Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge

Plain wood cutting boards can be a little dull. So add a modern edge with a wood burned design. All you need is a wooden cutting board and a wood burning tool. Then your options are limitless!

Materials & Tools

  • Cutting board
  • Wood burning tool
  • Wood burning tool attachment kit
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Wood scrap (optional)


  1. Plug in your wood burning tool with the original angled attachment bit and allow it to heat up fully (up to 3-5 minutes). If you’d like to practice a bit, make a few test marks and impressions in your wood scrap to get used to the feel of the tool.
  2. Plan your pattern or trace it onto your wood using a pencil. Start by outlining your pattern using the original angled attachment.
  3. Switch to a wider burnishing attachment (it looks like the angled top of a tube of lipstick) and begin to fill in your pattern, moving slowly and allowing the surface of the wood to turn dark brown or black.
  4. Once you’ve finished your pattern, wash your board with soap and water. Now chop away!

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