How to get the Hand Lettered look with Wood Burning

The hand lettering trend is so big right now.  The beautiful lettering looks especially lovely on my favorite Walnut Hollow wood pieces.  As much as I love the look, I’m not very good at the hand lettering yet. It takes a lot of practice, and I’ll get there eventually, but for now, I use this easy method to help my hand lettered wood projects look a little bit nicer. I want to share my easy trick for that hand lettered wood burning and the new Globe Shape was the perfect canvas for what I had in mind.

Hand lettering wood burning "What a wonderful world" globe shape

Here’s what you’ll need for your hand lettered wood burned globe:

hand lettered globe shape materials

Step one:

Use your home printer to print out the provided PDF file (see the material list for the printable link) for the project or draw up your own design.  Print mine in landscape mode, full size.  The standard paper size fits the globe just right.  Tape the printed quote to the wood globe shape so the wording is centered.  I find it helps to hold the globe up to a light source so you can see through it to line up your page just right.  I used blue masking painters tape to hold the page in place.

tape the design to the globe with graphite transfer paper

Slide a sheet of graphite tracing paper under the taped page so the dark shiny side is down against the wood.

trace the lettering design

Trace the design.  I use a colored pen so that I can easily see what I’ve already traced.  Trace around the outline of the thicker lettering.

trace the hand lettering onto the wood shape

Step two:

Use the flow point tip on the creative versa-tool. I like the flow point tip because the smooth round tip doesn’t get caught up in the wood grain, so it flows a little more freely over curved lines.

trace the outline of the letters first

With the versa-tool heated to it’s highest temperature, trace around your lettering. If you start from the bottom and work your way up, you won’t smear the graphite lines around with your hand resting on the wood.

Step three:

Go back and fill in the letters with short, even strokes.

fill in the outlined letters

Step four: 

Finish the stand part of the globe shape. I wanted to add a little bit of shimmer and shine to mine so I painted the globe shape stand with glue and dusted with fine gold glitter. You could paint yours, stain it, or leave it plain if you prefer!  I like the shine that the gold glittered globe stand adds (say that ten times fast)!

gold glittered globe stand

I think this lyric quote was the perfect fit for my globe shape and I love how it turned out. I have several globes around my home and I’m excited to add this one more to the collection. Would you add something different to your globe shape?

wood burned globe shapes with hand lettering

I’m having so much fun with these globe shapes.  I love that they’re made here in the USA and they come perfectly ready to be burned, painted or stained. I’m sharing the little mandala globe shape over on my personal blog this week as well.

Hurry over to the Walnut Hollow site to get 20% off all the wood burning supplies you need to make this project! Use Promo code 20OFFWB at checkout.

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The easy way to get the Hand Lettered wood burned look.


After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.


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