Petra's Art Hub Rustic Wedding Guest Book

Rustic Wedding Guest Book


I was able to create this rustic wedding guest book for my son. He went out and cut the slice and brought it to me. His fiancé sent me a picture of what they wanted it to look like. The video is a time-lapse from start to finish.

The first part of this project was that it need to be sanded smooth – and the other side needed to be evened out a bit – which my partner did for me with a chainsaw.

When it was to a point where I could work in it, I needed to decide on a font and print it out to the right size – I use photoshop to create the image and excel to print it out to the size I need. I use excel for printing out large patterns as it will do so over multiple pages – and then you just need to align + tape the pages together before transferring the pattern.

Once the pattern was transferred to the piece of wood, it was time to get down to burning. The whole project took about 4 hours in total to complete – I didn’t focus on shading but rather getting all letters and numbers to be the same hue of burned brown. I added a layer of mod podge to seal it in a bit.

I was so thrilled to be able to do this for my son and his future bride (I will share parts of the wedding in another blog post).

After the wedding and when all the guests have signed the slice of wood, this will be protected with a layer of clear resin.

If you want you have a wedding, or know someone that would love a rustic wedding guest book, I do accept commissions. Just email me at contact {at} petramonaco {dot} com!


I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.

But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.  

Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!

I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!

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