Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY: Wood Photo Transfers

A few weeks ago, my dad celebrated his 50th birthday (happy birthday, poppy!) To celebrate, my sister and I surprised him at our cabin for a few days. It was the perfect gift for his milestone birthday.

But of course, I still wanted to get him a real gift. Since I've been on my DIY kick lately, I took to the web to find the perfect gift for him that had a tie-in to our cabin. Thank goodness for Free People (I feel like I say that often). Last spring, they posted a fantastic wood photo transfer DIY that I knew would look great up at the cabin. A quick trip to the craft store and a few hours in our kitchen, and these bad boys were done!

If you're only making one photo transfer, you're looking at less than two hours from start to finish. If you're making more (I ended up making five total), set aside a few hours over 2-3 different nights to finish the project. While it takes a little longer than most, I promise you, the end result is absolutely worth it.


Wooden slab
Photo printed on thin computer paper (make sure you print it horizontally as it will be mirrored once it's transferred)
Modge Podge
Sponge paint brush


Get all the goods.

Apply a thick coat of Modge Podge to the front of your photo.

Carefully place the photo face down on the wooden slab.

Remove all of the air bubbles using a credit card, drivers license etc. You'll want to make sure the photo is entirely flat on the wooden surface.

Tear the edges of the paper around the rim of the wood.

Allow the photo to fully dry for an hour.

Wet the rag with water. It shouldn't be dripping wet, but it should be damp.

Leave the rag atop the wooden slab for 10-15 minutes, or until the photo is transferred and the paper has softened. You should be able to see the photo through the paper at this point.

Using the damp rag, very lightly peel the paper away. Do this gently; if you peel the paper away too rough, the photo could come with it.

Removing the damp paper will take between 30-45 minutes. Once the paper is fully removed, you should be able to see your photo clearly on the wooden slab (you're almost done!)

Cover the photo with a thin layer of Modge Podge and allow it to dry. Once it's dry, the project is finished!

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