Wood Slice Guestbook – What PEN to use?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used small wood slices as escort cards, and tried out a lot of different expensive pens to find the right one that was both easy to write with and most attractive. The winner? A brown sharpie! (Black would obviously work, too.)

Post # 5
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i second the sharpie

Post # 8
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@wstonesifer707 they sell them at Michaels and A.C. Moore craft stores (in Pennsylvania anyway).

i’ve used a fine tip sharpie on wood cuts like this many times.  my method to prevent bleeding is to spray a coat of clear acrylic spray paint to the surface you want signed and let dry at least a couple hours before writing (do it a week before so the smell is completely gone).  then after everyone signs it you can do another coat of spray to protect the writing even more.  good luck!

Post # 9
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I second the sharpie, but make sure to test it out! It could bleed into the wood grain.


There are also some pretty easy-to-use paint pens out there. They might have a higher viscosity and not bleed as much. 


Either way, i’d definitely test it out first!

Post # 11
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

No problem! I’ve had a lot of experience with wood (ar har har) and sometimes it can be difficult to just plain write on it. 

Something fun? Maybe a carpenter’s pencil if all else fails. It would be appropriate, and you could even correctly whittle it. Some even can be custom!


Post # 12
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

you’ll have to let me know what you decided to use and how well it worked, I’m doing this too!

Post # 13
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m bumping this! 

I am using a wood slice as well and want to order wrapped sharpies, but at $30, I wanted to ask you guys first if regular sharpies worked…or if I need a fine tip sharpie.

Post # 14
2 posts

@VagabondGurl:  Just wondering- can you use the sharpies on wood that has already been treated with polyurethane or does it have to be untreated for the ink to soak in? Thanks!

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