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I can’t stop staring at my new Wood Photo Transfer display!  Not only is my little girl so adorable in this picture, but I just love how the project turned out.  I had been seeing these wooden photo displays with images on them and knew that I wanted to make my own.  I received a package from Plaid the other day and in it was Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium.  It worked out great to transfer a photo onto wood.  This diy version will render an “aged” look to the the final project.  I think it looks “vintage” and I love how the wood texture shows up on the image itself.


Want to know how to make your own?

Here is what you will need:

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium (available at Michael’s)

Printed Photo about the size of your plaque (must be printed on regular white paper- not photo paper)

Wooden Plaque (I found mine at Walmart- Plaid brand)

paint (if you want it painted- I suggest painting after the transfer if you do)

Mod Podge ( Matte or Glossy to protect the photo after transfer)

Wax Paper (to protect surface when using Mod Podge Photo Transfer)

Pinking Sheers- optional (if you want an edge like mine)

Foam Brush



You’ll want to prepare the wood plaque first by sanding a little.  Paint after the transfer if you are painting because any photo transfer medium will ruin your paint job.  Then your ready for the photo.  Place the photo on a piece of wax paper or foil face up.  The finished project will be flipped- so keep this in mind when printing your photo  off.


Apply a thick coat of the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium to the photo.  Make sure that you don’t see the photo at all.  It should be completely white at this point.


Lay the photo face down onto the wood.  Smooth it out and get any air bubble out.  Once it is on… leave it alone for 24 hours.


Once 24 hours are up you can start taking off the top layer of paper by wetting a sponge and wiping the paper until it is wet.   Wait about 2 minutes to make sure it’s soaked through and then start wiping off the paper to reveal your photo.  Be very careful because too much wiping can ruin the picture.  You can seal your picture with a coat of Mod Podge once it is dry.


I am SO pleased with this Wood Photo Transfer and the Mod Podge photo transfer medium.   I am already thinking of other items that I can transfer photos onto!
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Tuesday 10th of March 2015

I tried this today/yesterday and all the ink rubbed off with the paper...Any thoughts? :(

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