DIY Wood Burned Chargers {Personalize Your Thanksgiving Table!}

by Marina Ingrit

Thanksgiving might look a bit different this year for some families. I know ours will be smaller. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be festive! Decorate your table and personalize it with these incredibly easy wood burned chargers. Add a few pumpkins, light a smelly candle, and you will be ready for a feast 🙂

This post was sponsored by HomeRight. All project ideas and opinions are 100% my own.



Wood Burned Chargers

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1×12 boards

Wood Conditioner

Wood Stain

Foam Brushes

Paper Towels

Wood Burner

Lettering Set

HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer



I used a sis foot 1×12 board but this would be a perfect way to use up scrap wood. If you do not have a table saw or a sliding miter saw, you can have Home Depot make the cuts for you in the store. Since 1x12s are actually 11.25″ I cut them to 11.25″ long to create a square.

Once they were cut, I sanded them really well. Sanding helps open the pores so it will accept stain better as well as softens the edges.

After I wiped off the dust, I applied some wood conditioner. If you are using a water-based stain, use a water-based conditioner. Same goes for oil based. The conditioner makes it so the stain will go on more evenly. Pine tends to be super blotchy so you can use all the help you can get!





Let the condition sink in for a bit and then wipe off any excess. You are now ready to stain! I chose this nice warm color that would be slightly darker than my table but still light enough that the wood burning would show. I used a foam brush for these but did you know you can also use a sprayer to apply stain? It is especially helpful on larger stain projects!





I let the stain sit for about 10 minutes before wiping off the excess with paper towels. If it is not as dark as you would like, apply a second coat once it has dried to the touch.


Wood Burning

When the stain is dry, it is time to wood burn! You can pick up a wood burner at any craft store or on Amazon. They are very inexpensive and I use mine quite often. They would make a great gift for the crafter in your life. I bought the lettering set as well and have used that more than the regular tips. I made wood reusable name tags last year for Christmas!

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to personalize them or have a holiday themed word so I did both! Why not make them reversible?! Then you can use them all year.





I sealed them with a polyacrylic sealer. Did you know you can use polyurethane and polyacrylic in the HomeRight Sprayers? You will get the perfect finish every time.

I am about to use the sprayer to seal our new kitchen door…eeek! That will be coming to the blog soon.



I love the satin sheen!




Instead of bless(ed) & Thank(ful), you could also do Christmas words like joy and noel for these wood burned chargers. I kind of like the idea of white washing them too so the letters stand out even more. What do you think?




Instead of name card, you could have personalized chargers!




It is such an easy DIY and one that your kids could help with. You could whips out a ton of them in no time. I only had one board on hand but I will be making some for my whole family this weekend (since it will be warming up again)!

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?


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