A while ago I was at the craft store and I found this little wooden house for about $3. I couldn't help myself, I brought it home with me.
I had been looking for a little bird house that I could modify in some way to be a home for little wooden peg dolls. The bird houses are great prices but their tiny round doors are just too small, I knew that if my daughter poked a little doll in there she would never be able to get it out by herself. This little house seemed to be a good substitute, plus storage!
I've always wanted to try wood burning, so I finally invested in a wood burning pen. I found this one at Home Depot for $15. I've seen them at places like Joanns as well. I wish I could compare the two in quality, but I know they are about the same price.
I've listed this under tutorials, but there isn't much to tutor really. First I plugged in the burning pen and while I waited for it to get hot I drew my design on the house with a pencil.
Next you just have at it. Practice as you go, it is different than drawing with ink. It took me quite a while to get used to. Making fine lines is tough without it looking like connect the dots. As I went on I decided that I liked making thicker darker lines because they were easier. This is where I wish I knew the quality difference between different brands. I still think it turned out okay.
I'd like to give out a safety warning as well, these pens get unbelievably hot. I waited until after my children were in bed before I pulled it out for this project. One time while working I accidentally touched my finger with the tip of the pen for half of a second. It didn't hurt but it left a tiny white dot where it scorched the skin. I can't imagine what it would do to a little person's hand if they grabbed it by the heated metal.
They could also be a fire hazard, they are meant for burning after all.
Please be careful.
So anyways, like I said I had originally designed this for our little peg family.
Unfortunately they didn't fit quite as expected.
Although they do store nicely in the tiny drawers.
In the end I decided the house better suited these tiny fuzzy bears that you can find at the craft store for under fifty cents.
And they sure are cute.