Woodburning Tool Cutting Board

Use a woodburner tool to cut ribbon, and do it quickly and accurately with a glass cutting board!

Woodburning tools make cutting and sealing ribbon a cinch! Make it even easier with our Woodburning Tool Cutting Board tutorial by Crafty Mischief.

Hi, it’s Brittany from Crafty Mischief again. I’m so excited to share something that has completely changed the way I cut ribbon and make bows!

When I first started using a Woodburning Tool to cut and seal my ribbon I had a friend tell me that she used a glass cutting board to cut on. I went to the store to buy one, but saw a picture frame and thought that it would work just as well. That idea evolved into framing different lengths of ribbon as a cutting guide.

Today I’m going to show you how to make this framed “cutting guide” that not only serves its purpose but looks pretty while doing it!


Woodburning Tool Cutting Board

8″x10″ Picture Frame (make sure it has real glass, not plastic)
Ribbon (you’ll need 9 ribbons, measuring 1″-9″)
Scrapbook Paper
Woodburning Tool
Glue Glider

I just used a thrift store frame, but a fancy schmancy, expensive frame would work just as well, that’s your call!
Just make sure that the glass is actually glass and not some kind of plastic glass, that would melt the second you put the Woodburner on it!

Start by cleaning the frame and the glass. This will keep your ribbon clean when you’re cutting it.

Cut your scrapbook paper to fit the frame.

You’ll want to add some kind of ruler to your frame. You can use actual measuring tape or make your own with paper,
like I did.

Make sure to take the size of the frame into account when measuring. My frame covered about a half inch.

Cut your paper to fit the frame, make a ruler with measurements and place on paper.

Cut and seal 9 ribbons measuring from 1″ to 9″.

Cut your ribbon from 1" to 9".

Attach the ruler to the scrapbook paper with a Glue Glider (I love that thing!) or hot glue or a glue stick.

Attach ruler to paper with adhesive.

Start with the 9″ ribbon, then add the 8″ ribbon, then 7″ and so on.

Start putting on the ribbons with adhesive. Start with the 9" and go to the 1".

Then put it back in the frame and you’re done!

Put it back in the frame, and you're done!

Want to see it in action?

Ok, here it goes. You just take you ribbon and line it up on the frame to the length that you want, then cut it with the Woodburner.
Easy peasy!

Here are some instructions on how to cut and seal your ribbon with a woodburning tool. Click the link and scroll towards the bottom of the link.

Line up your ribbon using the measurements.

And cut with your woodburner tool!

And look – when I’m not using it the frame can look pretty on my craft table!

You can even use it as art!

I hope you like this frame idea and that you’ll have fun easily cutting your ribbon this way. Thanks for having me!

Thank you Brittany!

Brittany is a master crafter and knows her stuff! And the tricks and short cuts to get as much crafting in as possible. 🙂 Before I was using a cookie sheet to cut my ribbon with my woodburning tool. Now I will be able to use it much more often with this beautiful cutting board.

Check out more of Brittany’s great ideas on Crafty Mischief! She is an amazing crafter and her blog is filled with wonderful ideas for holidays, decor, gifts, kids (did I mention TONS of kids crafts!?) and the list goes on. Stop on by and see what Crafty Mischief has to offer and say hello while you’re at it. 🙂

If you have never used a woodburning tool, you should consider it. It cuts while sealing the ends of you ribbon at the same time. Many ribbon sculptures are made from this tool to make their fun shapes out of ribbon. Check out this link to see what it looks like – Woodburning Tool.

If you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. Kim Bellimer
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Are there instructions on how to use the woodburning tool to cut ribbon? I love this tutorial on framing the different length ribbons to use as a guide. I definitely want to do this but I need to learn how to use the tool!

  2. Kim Bellimer
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Okay! I found my answer when I went to the free tutorials.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      Kim, that is a great question! I will add the instructions to the post. Thanks for the idea! – Shirley 🙂

    Posted July 31, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink


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