DIY Wood Photo Transfers

DIY Photo Transfer

Photo transfers are a fun way to display your pictures on different surfaces.  Today I have another DIY tutorial to share  that I created for WedLoft.  This is a pretty easy way do DIY photo transfers on wood.  You can do it with any pictures – some of my favorites I’ve done are with Instagram photos.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Laser Printed Photo on computer paper (NOT photo paper)
  • Wood
  • Gel Medium or Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Water in a spray bottle

What you do is cover your wood surface with a smooth layer of your gel medium or mod podge.  Then, place your laser printed photo face-down on the surface.  Press firmly and smooth out any bubbles and let it dry completely.  When the surface is dry, spray small areas at a time with water and gently rub off the top layer of paper.  If you rub too hard, the image may start to come off as well.  So work carefully on small areas at a time.  Add more water as you need it.  Continue until all of the paper is removed from the surface and, again, let it dry completely.  To finish your transfer, paint another layer of gel medium or mod podge over the entire surface to seal it.

You can use unfinished wood so you can see some of the grain and color of the wood through the photo or paint the wood white to so the colors will stay true to the original photo.  Either way, I’ve learned that this method gives images a softer look that is not as crisp as the original image.  Just something to keep in mind.

It’s fun to play around with… some pictures I’ve purposely rubbed off some of the image to give the photo an older look.  Have fun with it!

DIY Wood Photo Transfer

For full step-by-step instructions and more photos of the process, jump over to the full post on WedLoft.

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