Here is a project that I once thought was much more complicated than it really is. I assumed you had to own some special kind of printer that runs pieces of wood through and prints the images onto them. Sounds kind of silly now…
The best news….it’s only 5 easy steps!
What you’ll Need
- Printed Photo (on regular paper)
- Piece of Wood
- Sand Paper (medium to fine)
- Gloss Gel (medium)
- Mod Podge (Antique Matte featured in this tutorial)
- Rag, Sponge Brush, Paint Brush (any or all of these will work)
- About 8 hours of drying time (or overnight)
- The thinner the paper the better. So, if you go to Kinko’s or some place similar, be sure to ask for the thinnest paper.
- Ensure the photos are printed the same size as the piece of wood you are using.
- Sand the wood before you start (especially along the edges)
Hope you’re ready because…here we go!
Apply a generous amount of Gloss Gel onto the wood using your sponge brush. The transfer will not work if the amount is not generous. I can’t stress enough…generous. Ok, you get it. Smooth it out a little but to ensure even coverage.
Be sure to include the sides of the wood if you want the photo to extend beyond the edges.
Place wood onto the face of the picture and firmly press down around the wood evenly.
Turn the wood over until the paper is on top and gently smooth away any bubbles or uneven surfaces. Use your hands. If you try to get clever and use something with a hard edge (like a ruler) you run the risk of tearing the paper.
Let the wood and paper dry overnight (or at least 8 hours) to ensure the transfer was successful.
Place a wet rag over the paper side of the wood piece and press down for a minute or until the paper is thoroughly damp.
Using your rag, begin scrubbing away the damp paper from the photo that is now transferred onto the wood.
Try not to scrub too much after the paper is removed or the photo could be damaged.
Go through a few iterations of letting the wood dry a few minutes and wiping it off until the paper residue is essentially gone.
Evenly apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to the wood photo and let it rest until dry. This tutorial features an Antique Matte Mod Podge, but it is up to individual tastes.
Now, didn’t I tell ya? It’s really that easy!
Add a few screws on the back to hang or let it rest on a table, and you’re the envy of the neighborhood!