Mandala Burned & Stained Wood Tray

Many years ago I bought a wood burning set to use. I used it once for a small shelf I personalized for my newest baby at the time. After that, I put it away and never thought about it again.

While on Pinterest one day, a wood burning Mandala Burned & Stained Wood Tray at Ravenwould.comproject came up on my home feed and I thought I should try it again.  I wanted to make a project that I would use instead of being merely decorative. Sometimes in the evening, I like to have a cup of tea and of course, that means everyone else has to have one or hot chocolate so I thought a tray would be the most useful item I could try woodburning.



Not sure what I was going to use as a design, I found a tray first and let it give me inspiration. I knew when I saw the tray the design would be a mandala. I can never start with a small design and have to jump in over my head.Mandala Burned & Stained Wood Tray at


Looking online I found this one I loved. I traced it but changed a few things at the same time, extending some lines, omitting some, adding and deleting a few small elements here and there.

Using graphite paper I traced the pattern onto the tray. I was unsure of using the woodburning tool so I practiced a bit, trying the different tips before I started on the tray.

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The practice wood was different from the wood the tray was made out of so I knew, either way, I was going to have a learning curve.




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The tray was actually much easier to burn than the practice piece. There are some mistakes but since the pattern is busy, they aren’t too noticeable. Hopefully! 🙂



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The woodburning looks lovely on its own but I had to add color.

While I had been searching for a design, I had seen a mandala colored with blues and I loved it. The design was too intricate to replicate for me but I wanted to use similar colors.




Instead of full on painting the wood, I wanted to stain it for more of a watercolor feel. I watered down acrylic paints to use and wiped them if it was too heavy.  For a little variety, I also added in some green.

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I did use a wood stain for one of the blues, unfortunately, I had a slight accident with it. The top caught on my sleeve and dumped right onto the tray. Mandala Burned & Stained Wood Tray at

I was able to sand it down somewhat.

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Despite my little accident, I love how it has turned out. It still needs to be sealed but I couldn’t wait to post it. Mandala Burned & Stained Wood Tray at


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This Post Has 18 Comments
  1. Mandalas are sooo much fun and this idea so cool! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration this week! Have a great weekend!

  2. Wow! So lovely!! I’m definitely not that talented, but my hubby wants a wood burning kit, I’m going to have to pass this on to him so maybe he can make me one too. Thanks for sharing- found you one nifty thrifty 🙂

  3. This is gorgeous! I love that you chose to stain it to add some color. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  4. What a beautiful tray you have made! The detail in the Mandala is amazing. You are very talented! Thank you for sharing this lovely project with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week.

  5. This is so beautiful, I have a wood burner than is still in the package. I love the colors you chose and had you not mentioned the spill I wouldn’t even have noticed it. You’ve inspired me to get mine out of the package and play a little.

  6. Just gorgeous!! I haven’t used a wood burner since I was in high school!! You’ve made me want to dig it out and use it again!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous project over at Waste Not Wednesday this week 🙂

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