HOW TO – Wooden Photo Transfer

With Easter coming up and Harper only being 15 months old, I wanted to make something lasting for her as a gift, rather than buying her chocolate. So I decided on making her a Bunny wall hanging for her bedroom, something fitting the Easter theme but still wouldn’t look out of place during the rest of the year.

If you’re interested in finding our how to do your own Wooden Photo Transfer – Keep reading!

What You’ll Need

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  • Untreated Plywood – I used 12mm from Bunnings
  • Mod Podge – This is a waterbase glue/sealer which can be bought from The Warehouse for $10. I use the matte one not gloss just because I like the finish.
  • Your Chosen Image – This must be printed using a laser printer on standard copy paper. A laser printer uses powdered ink (toner) so if you don’t have access to one, get it printed at somewhere like Warehouse Stationary.
  • Scissors, paint brush and a dishcloth or tea towel.
  • Hanging cord – Optional

Start by cutting your plywood into your desired size and shape, I chose to do a circle for this particular wall hanging.  Lucky for me, hubby cut this one while I was busy cooking dinner – Score!  Sand any rough bits if you want to otherwise leave them to make the finish a little more rustic.

Next you will need to cut out your image. Cut out exactly what you want you transfer and don’t leave any plain paper, we only want to ink to stick.

NOTE: If you have any wording part of your image, you will need to reverse it before printing so it isn’t backwards when you finish.

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Then cover the entire face of the image in glue, right to every edge. You’ll need to use a generous amount of glue so it doesn’t dry before you stick the paper down on the wood.

Carefully place the paper face down in the position you want it to be on the wood. Then gently smooth it down so there are no bubbles or creases.

Now time for patience.. you’ll need to leave it for dry for 24 hours. I like to put a stack of books on top (or something else heavy) so it stays nice and flat.

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Ready to make your image appear? Wet your dishcloth and place it over the paper for a couple of minutes.

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You can then  GENTLY start rubbing the paper layer away. Take extra are around the edges of your picture – unless you want a more rough/rustic look.  As the image drys you will be able to see what areas need to have more paper removed, just wet it again and you’re good to go! It doesn’t matter if there are really thin areas of paper you can’t get off, the next step will fix that up!

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Now its time to seal your image with the same glue we used earlier. Simply paint a layer over top without going over the edges and let it dry.

To finish, either drill a hole or two in the top and add some cord for hanging. Or if you don’t want a cord showing, you can drill a hole part way through on the back to hang on a nail that way – this will give you more of a ‘floating’ look.

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This technique can be used all around the home to create one of a kind artwork or as a beautiful way for you to display photos. I decided to do the other 2 photos above in more of a rustic style to make them look a little aged, just by using a little more force when removing the paper layer. I also sanded away the image a bit around the edges.

I hope you enjoyed this ‘HOW TO’ and would love to see yours! Tag me on Instagram @wearethewatsons so I can check them out.

Ness xx


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