woodburned Legend of Zelda box

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The boy and I are proud owners of a wonky Ikea coffee table that we found on the side of the road. The major problem with this table is that it has a handy-dandy shelf, which likes to collect just about every small object in the apartment. It looks bad, our cats sometimes steal things, and I'm constantly losing things only to have to dig around on the shelf later.

So I figured we needed a box... but a FANCY box. A Zelda box!!

I decided I might as well have a go at woodburning, because it's something I've always wanted to do. I practiced a little on a wooden spoon ( P.S. I'm really sorry about that, spoon. I don't think anyone wants you in their kitchen now. D: ) and then went for it!

I used this fantastic pyrography instructable by wood is the word to get me started - if you've never woodburned before, give it a look. It's super helpful.

And so, without further ado, my first ever woodburning project - a Legend of Zelda themed box!

Passo 1: What you'll need

  • box of some sort (I chose this hinged basswood one!)
  • pencil
  • printer
  • templates printed out to size
  • woodburning kit (I used this one)
  • tape
  • pliers (optional but allows you to switch out hot woodburning tips!)
  • sandpaper - finer is better! I'm using 220 grit.

I found source images online and then printed them to size. I chose the Hylian, Zora, Kokiri, Goron and old Gerudo crests.

Passo 2: Transferring the patterns

I chose the easiest way to transfer the pattern - just rub a pencil all over the back, tape the pattern to the box, and outline with a ballpoint pen.

This creates a very light pattern that you can go back over with pencil to get cleaner lines.

For smaller pieces, do the pencil rub first and then cut the pieces to size. It'll be less frustrating. :)

P.S. For best results, sand the surface thoroughly before you start. It'll make it easier to transfer the pattern and easier to use the woodburning pen if everything is nice and smooth.

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Darthorso diz: Jul 7, 2014. 3:26 PM

Oh my god you are a legend of zelda fan??? :D :D :D

I'm just leaving this photo of my library here...

cakesprite diz: Mai 1, 2014. 1:49 AM

I used this technique to make a GOT Targaryen dragon themed box. I gave it to my husband for our 5th/wooden anniversary. :D

I got a burning kit for xmas but hadn't used it. Thank you for the inspiration. :D

sickdevotee63 diz: Abr 1, 2014. 7:59 PM


knexsuperbuilderfreak diz: Mar 31, 2014. 9:44 PM

I love this! It looks amazing, now only if i had a wood burner, i need to get me one. xD

andrewwinter diz: Mar 28, 2014. 5:40 AM

Fav'd for the dance.

Senior+Waffleman diz: Mar 27, 2014. 3:55 PM

This is amazing! <3 I love zelda

mohdazhar diz: Mar 20, 2014. 1:48 AM

Great job .i voted

patbking diz: Mar 18, 2014. 8:10 AM
To get the crests
jessyratfink diz: Mar 18, 2014. 9:44 AM

This page was a good source for them:


patbking diz: Mar 18, 2014. 8:10 AM
Thx and could you tell me what you searched
BayRatt diz: Mar 17, 2014. 8:38 PM

Gracious! If that's your first project, I can't WAIT to see your upcoming ones... natural talent there, I think!! That looks amazing! Now I wanna try...if I do & turn out anything half as good looking, I'll be THRILLED. :-D

jessyratfink diz: Mar 18, 2014. 9:45 AM

Haha, thanks! I was really surprised too. I typically embroider, so I think my skills there might have carried over. :D

patbking diz: Mar 17, 2014. 10:58 AM
What size were the crests
jessyratfink diz: Mar 17, 2014. 12:06 PM

The Hylian one is about 3x5 inches, the others are all about 1.5x1.5 inches. :)

kevenr17 diz: Mar 17, 2014. 7:05 AM

Hella SWEEET!!!

emilyvanleemput diz: Mar 17, 2014. 12:50 AM

It's so beautiful!!

jessyratfink diz: Mar 17, 2014. 12:06 PM

Thank you ^_^

hunter999 diz: Mar 17, 2014. 12:48 AM

This looks awesome! The detail and effort that you put in is clearly visible. Thanks for sharing - voted for all 3. :-)

Penolopy+Bulnick diz: Mar 16, 2014. 7:46 PM

That is pretty darn awesome!

NanoRobotGeek diz: Mar 16, 2014. 10:16 PM

agreed =P

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