DIY photo transfer to wood
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- Matte finish mod podge
- Photo Transfer Gel
- Laser printed picture on regular paper (this is key for a DIY photo transfer to wood project)
- Wood stain (we used weathered gray)
- Power sander and/or sand paper
- Foam brushes
- Make sure your wood is cut to your desired size. I did this project with a friend, and we literally used two random pieces of wood we found around our houses, we didn’t even have to bother cutting them down.
- Sand (SO much easier with a power sander! I used it on my diy pallet coffee table, and it made the project so doable for anyone!) and stain the wood.
- Cut or tear your print to size. This project will only work with a laser printed image (and it’s best printed on a regular paper). We actually had to redo the image transfer process 3 times before we got it right. The first time, we used an image printed on cardstock- it was super hard to get off. It was also printed with an ink jet printer. Second time, we used regular paper, and an ink jet printer. That one came off easier, but it still didn’t work. Don’t make the mistakes we did. Don’t even bother trying it with an ink jet printer. You can actually get a picture printed at staples for a couple of bucks.
- Paint a thin, but ample layer of the gel medium on the board with your foam brush to cover the area your image will fit on.
- Carefully, place the image on the board, and squish all of the air bubbles out with an old gift card, Making sure your image is totally smooth. Some of the medium will squeeze out of edges of the image. Wipe that off so that it doesn’t dry lumpy.
7. Let the image dry overnight. Trust me when I say this will not work if you don’t let it sit for 8 hours. Unfortunately, I figured that out the hard way because I am painfully impatient.
8. Wipe off the paper, by running your wood under water and rubbing the paper off in circular motions. This can take a little while. I had to keep allowing it to dry, and then wet it again and and wipe off more paper.
9. Once you have all of the paper off, sand the edges of the image to give it a distressed look. Pick or scrape off any extra gel medium.
10. Stain the wood all over including the area over the image. Let dry.
11. Last step– Cover the wood with mod podge using random brush strokes to seal the image. Be generous with the amount of mod podge you use and be sure to cover all of the wood. I only covered the top of the wood.
Hang it, or set it on a shelf, and show that sucker off!! I chose to put mine on a shelf. My friend actually used velcro command strips, which are honestly genius she hangs everything with them!, and made this project even easier! There was no need to mess with any kind of hardware for hanging.
What do you think? Does this look easy enough for you to do?? By the way, if you love this picture at the beach, you may be interested in these tips for taking better pictures at the beach.
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Also, just so you know, one of my kids completely trashed the house during the making of this post. I’m off to pick up for 2 hours. Wish me luck… Ughhh…
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