Adventures in Wood Burning: Salad Bowl Project

DIY Salad BowlEarlier this week we shared our first adventure in wood burning. After that project I wanted to try a second version by adding color. I chose a basic ethnic print for my shapes, but you can try any shape you like. Here's what I did…IMG_4726Supplies: 1. Wood Burning Tool 2. Contact Paper (clear or otherwise) 3. Wood dish 4. All surface acrylic paint. You can also use indoor/outdoor paint from the craft section. 5. Paint brush 6. Permanent Pen 7. ScissorsSalad bowl stencil how-toFirst you'll need to make stencils. 1. You'll need contact paper, a pen and scissors to make your stencils. 2. Cut out a small square and fold it in half.Then, draw the shape of a boxy style pyramid. 4. Cut out your shape. You can also make smaller shapes like triangles and squares to use inside your shape, or between shapes. 4. Adhere the stencil to the outside of the bowl. Make sure to measure out the distance between each stencil so that they pattern won't run into each other once you make it all the way around. Note: I outlined the shape in step 4 so that it would be more visible to you. Salad bowl burning how-toNext, burn. Slowly trace the outside of the stencil with the wood burner. Repeat this process all the way around the bowl. For the inside shape, remove the stencil and adhere a second, smaller stencil. Follow the instructions that come with your wood burning tool to choose attachments and follow all safety instructions. Add paintLast, add paint. Fill each shape with two coats of acrylic paint. Allow dry time between each coat. DIY Navajo Print Salad BowlDIY Navajo Print Salad BowlEnjoy your new custom bowl. It's perfect for making centerpieces, serving salads or holding farmers' market vegetables. Emma + Kinsey

Note: I would recommend hand washing these bowls after the paint has cured. No biggie because I handwash all my wood bowls and cutting boards already!

  • That is such a cute bowl!!!


  • Too bad this design is super appropriative. Wood burning and being creative is great. Oppressing native cultures by appropriating designs on a salad bowl for your blog is not. You were so close. Bummer.

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  • I love the finished design! and I’d love to try this out sometimes.

  • I love this, just my style. Cant wait to make one.


  • WOW!
    very cool!
    xoxo Luisella

  • I’m in love with this idea…. specially the doggy-bowl 😀
    You girls always Inspire me to try new things <3
    Where did you get the Wood Burning Kit? …. I want one
    XOXO, Andrea

  • It turned out great! I can’t wait to try this 😉

    Xoxo Sarah

  • I would love to own a wood burner!

  • I love your dog bowls!! And that salad bowl looks adorable!! Where can I purchase my own wood burning kit?

  • I love the smell when I do wood burning. Reminds me of a campfire or a lit match. So comforting.

  • Jennifer- I actually thrifted the wood bowl. It was in such good condition, I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂

  • Ashlee- We got ours at Michael’s. But I’ve also seen some on

  • Great idea! It looks like a fun project! The salad bowl turned out very well- cute cute.

  • I used to have a wood burning kit when I was little! One year I burned everyone something for Christmas! My Dad still has his mail holder on his work desk 🙂

  • Loved the idea….just make a plain Wooden Bowl look so classy gonna try on mine

  • Ooooh I have a solder iron somewhere from when my hubby was obsessed with doing up all his old scalextric cars for our son (read: himself!!!) … am going to dig it out, thx for the inspiration xx

  • Oh, this looks so pretty!! I’ve always loved wood burning and you’re making it look so easy.

  • This is so cute! Pretty sure my Pop has a wood burning tool somewhere that he used to use when making wooden toys might ask for a demo. am think a welcome plaque might be cure for the front porch
    Thanks girls!

  • This is such an amazing idea! And the bowl looks fabulous! Definitely bookmarking this!

    pip x

  • Love this. And I also loved your last wood burning project with the dog bowls. Looks like so much fun and a really cool project. So original!

  • You ladies are astounding! What a great idea to dressip a salad bowl! Thanks a mil 🙂


  • I haven’t done anything with wood burning tools since I worked at a Girl Scout camp during the summers in high school!

    Definitely forgot how much fun it was. I’ll have to scout around for some inexpensive wood burning tools and get back into it now!

  • This and the dog bowl project turned out to be adorable! I’ve been dying to get a wood burning tool and play around with it. Would you recommend a certain brand tool for beginner wood burners like myself?

  • These are so cute!! i want to break out the wood burner!!!


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  • This is wonderful! Where can you get your hands on a wood burning tool (sorry if that’s a totally obvious question)? I’d love to give something like this a try!

  • Cute! I loved the doggy bowls the best, but this is adorable, too 🙂
    xo Heather

  • Love the addition of paint–

  • That is totally cute, I love it! Definitely makes me want to get a new woodburner…


  • These bowls are awesome! Love the summery designs you chose!

  • that’s so lovely! I’d have a fabulous time eating out of that 🙂 xo.

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  • I’ve used gouache on a project similar to this, which I like because its semi-transparent so the wood grain can still show through. It just needs to be finished with a clear spray sealer or else it will bleed when wet. Love the design!

  • Your bowl is so cute! This looks like such a fun project. I can’t wait to try it! I’ll have to start checking the thrift stores for wood pieces to decorate. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Such a great idea! I even have the perfect wooden bowl to use for such a project.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  • Ooh! Love this idea. I’ve always been curious about wood burning. Thanks for sharing!

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