One Dozen Ways to Embellish Wood

Want to bring your wood crafts up to the next level? Check out all of these cool ways to embellish wood–there’s a lot more to be done than just painting!

Want to bring your wood crafts up to the next level? Check out all of these cool ways to embellish wood--there's a lot more to be done than just painting!

12 Ways to Embellish Wood

1. Decoupage itWith your favorite papers and a pot of Mod Podge, you can completely transform a wooden surface.

2. Draw on itYou can’t do this with every pen, but with the right supplies, you can embellish wood with drawings done by hand.

3. Engrave it. The techniques that I discuss here in my tutorial on engraving rocks with a Dremel will also work to embellish wood.

4. Make it shine. Sometimes all wood really needs is a way to make the grain stand out. Here are some non-toxic alternatives to polyurethane.

5. Paint itStart with a great primer and end with a great sealant–in between the two, be as creative as you’d like!

Ways to Embellish Wood6. Polish it. Perhaps your wood project needs nothing more elaborate than this natural, homemade wood polish.

7. Stain wood with liquid watercolorsThis is one of my favorite ways to embellish wood, as I’m sure you can tell if you’ve been reading here at CAGW for any amount of time. The technique is super easy (and super cheap!), and the results are beautiful and saturated with color.

8. Stencil itScroll down through this post to see how simple it is to stencil onto wood.

9. Transfer images to itIt requires a good gel medium, but with that in hand, you can transfer printed images to wood.

10. Transfer with waxed paperThe results aren’t quite as nice as with acrylic gel medium, but I doubt that you have acrylic gel medium in your house the way that you probably do waxed paper.

Ways to Embellish Wood: Wood Burner11. Use milk paint. There are several store-bought versions of milk paint now available, or you can make your own.

12. Wood burn itDepending on the type of wood that you use, this can be a simple project or a little more time-consuming. Hardwoods take longer to burn into, so be patient!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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