Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

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This photo to wood transfer tutorial is one of the most popular posts on Hello Creative Family. It was one of the very first projects that I did on my original blog, Sew Creative. I think people love it so much because of the step by step photos and instructions. It’s a fun project, but does require a bit of patience. You’ll notice as you go through my instructions that I actually did this project twice. I wasn’t completely satisfied with how it turned out the first time, so I scraped the wood and tried again. It’s not a fast project, but if you have patience and stick with it, you’ll get beautiful results. Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions! -Crystal

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Still want to try my original method? Read on! 

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

What you need:

-A piece of wood (mine was a small cutting board from the thrift store)

-A laser printed copy of your photo on copier paper, the copy should be the mirror image of how you would like it to appear on the wood. This ONLY works with laser copies. It won’t work with ink jet. (Make sure this is printed on regular paper, not photo paper.)

Mod Podge

Gel Medium (I used Martha Stewart’s Gesso but Mod Podge also makes this photo transfer medium now. You can find Gel Medium at any Michael’s or Joann’s stores… don’t forget to bring your coupons!)

A sponge brush

-Scissors to cut out your photo

-A rag to soak your photo

-A cup or plate to pour your gel medium and mod podge into

-A boning tool or plastic card to get the air bubbles out with

Step 1: Print out the image you would like to transfer using a laser printer. Unfortunately ink jet printouts won’t work for this project. Most copy stores (Kinko’s, Staples) use laser printers. You may want to mirror your image as the transfer will make your image the reverse of how it is printed.

Step 2: Trim your image to the size that you want it to be on the wood.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Step 3: Put a layer of gel medium on the printed side of your photo.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Step 4: Put a layer of gel medium on the wood, then lay the paper photo side down onto the wood. Use your plastic card or boning tool to remove any bubbles of gel medium from between the paper and wood by smoothing the card over the paper pushing excess to the outer edges. Make sure all of your corners are stuck to the wood with the gel medium. If it’s not stuck it won’t transfer.

Step 5: Wipe away excess gel medium from around photo then leave to dry for at least 4 hours.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Step 6: 4 plus hours later, once the paper has completely dried, dampen a rag with warm water and and lay it over top of your photo. Leave for approximately 5 minutes.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Step 7: Once the paper is damp comes the fun, but time intensive part of this project. Stand over a sink, wet your fingers and slowly start rubbing your finger over the paper, almost using your finger like sand paper. The photo copy is going to appear to split in half. The white part of the paper will start to lift away and the paper with the ink will stick to the wood. Take this part very, very slow. If you go to fast the ink will lift away from the wood and you will be left with bare patches.

*Note- having done this step several times now I have come up with the following technique. I stand at the sink and slowly remove the top layer of paper using circular motions with my fingers. I am constantly wetting my fingers and lightly rinsing the wood under the sink to wash off clumps of paper. Once I think I have the first layer of paper off I set the wood down for a couple of minutes and clean up all of the paper bits. This will give the transfer time to dry. When you look at it you will probably see that there are still places where there is a thin layer of paper left, the image will look cloudy. Wet down your fingers and start “sanding” away again. When you can’t see any white cloudy bits anymore set aside again, clean up a bit while it dries, pick it up again and “sand” some more. I wet down and let me project dry 5-10 times before I was done.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Step 7: Leave your project to dry for about an hour then look at it to see if you are satisfied. Grab your boning tool and rough up the edges a bit if you like. You can take a gray sharpie marker and lightly dot in areas where the transfer doesn’t look quite right. If you need to you can wet it down and “sand” down some more if there are bits of paper that you missed. In my case I decided that I would prefer if my photo filled the entire front of the wood so I wet the wood down, scraped the project off and redid it.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Step 8: When you are satisfied with the look of your transfer put a small amount of mod podge into a cup, and using a sponge brush apply a thin layer of mod podge all over your photo, including the edges. Use smooth, even strokes. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes then repeat 2 more times.

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

Once your mod podge has dried you have a beautiful photo impact piece that will be commented on by everyone who enters your home. They also make great gifts!

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

I hope you enjoyed our Photo To Wood Transfer Tutorial. If you have any questions please ask and I’d be more than happy to try to answer. I would love to see the results of your Photo to Wood Transfer projects. Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks recently wrote a great post on 5 Tips for Using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium! I’d highly suggest giving it a read if you are having any problems. 

Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions To Make A One of a Kind Handmade Gift. Great for photography lovers!

If you like this project please take a look at our tutorial on how to mount a photo to canvas.



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'Photo to Wood Transfer Tutorial With Step By Step Photos and Instructions' have 163 comments

  1. March 20, 2013 @ 10:42 pm m

    Hi visiting from the blog hop. I love this, I may try it . New follower.
    htp://fitandbeyond40.com

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    • August 23, 2016 @ 7:09 pm Marla

      I thought this was amazing and I will try it. I hope I can get it to come out like you did.it was beautiful. I would like to give as gifts. Thanks for the idea. And will be reading more.

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      • August 24, 2016 @ 11:01 am Crystal

        Marla thank you so much for your very kind comment! I really appreciate you stopping by to read the site. I’d love for you to stop back and let me know if you try this project or another from the site.

        Best Wishes,

        Crystal

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  2. May 25, 2013 @ 5:12 pm Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy

    Oh, this is so neat! :)

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  3. May 31, 2013 @ 11:06 pm Paula

    This might be a dumb question, but how do you make the image a mirror image of the original photo?

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    • June 2, 2013 @ 4:46 pm Crystal

      Hi Paula,

      Not a dumb question at all. I’m clueless about these types of things. My husband printed it for me using a MAC. He said that on his computer if you go into the print dialogue screen that there is an option in the settings to flip vertical or flip horizontal. He said this option flips it on the vertical or horizontal access resulting in a mirror image print.

      I’m not sure what the easiest way to do it on a PC is. You might need to use a program to do it. I’ll try googling and see what I can find.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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    • June 2, 2013 @ 4:54 pm Crystal

      Ok I figured out the answer. Apparently a lot of the newer printers no longer have the option to flip horizontal or vertical in the printer settings. The workaround is: Open a word document. Copy and paste the picture into ms word, or “insert” from menu. Then under format, go to “ROTATE.” Drop down menu to “FLIP HORIZONTAL.” Your image will be mirrored and then you can print. :)

      I just tried it on my computer and it’s super fast and easy and does indeed work. Hope that helps.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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    • February 18, 2015 @ 8:04 am RJ

      If your computer has a photo or art program such as Paint or Photoshop, you can open up the photo through it and one of the command options is to flip photo either horizontal or vertical.

      Reply

  4. June 7, 2013 @ 10:42 pm Panisha

    hie!!! In my place i can’t find the mod podge but i have seen about home made mod podge. Can you ssuggest me whether i can use home maade mod podge for this tutorial or not??

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    • June 10, 2013 @ 2:56 pm Crystal

      Hi Panisha,

      I’ve often looked at the tutorials for homemade mod podge but have never tried making it or using it myself. What I’ve heard is that over time the “homemade” stuff tends to yellow so they don’t usually suggest using it with photos. However if it’s all you have access to I would give it a try. :)

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

      • June 11, 2013 @ 3:51 am Panisha

        Thanks fo ur reply….and yes yesterday i tried using homemade mod podge but it didn’t came up with the best result……..this is so sad :( In Nepal we don’t find modpodge…………….

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        • June 11, 2013 @ 9:26 am Crystal

          Oh no. Hmmmm. I wonder if there is some other kind of sealer that you could use? Maybe something from a hardware store? You basically just want it sealed… maybe even a varnish?

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          • June 12, 2013 @ 10:34 pm Panisha

            Are you sure about varnish???? do you really think it will work???? As you suggest to use varnish then let me give a try….

          • June 13, 2013 @ 12:02 am Crystal

            LOL. No I’m not sure about varnish at all. But I’m just thinking that you basically want some kind of clear sealer over top of it. If you had a clear varnish it might work… I’ve never actually worked with varnish though so I have no idea. Sorry. :(

          • June 13, 2013 @ 5:06 am Panisha

            It’s ok you don’t need to feel sorry. I will jus give it a try. :) :)

          • June 13, 2013 @ 9:35 am Crystal

            Please do let me know how it turns out. My dad is a builder and does a lot of woodwork. Let me ask him this weekend on Father’s Day if he has any suggestions.

          • December 26, 2015 @ 12:09 pm Kate

            Varnish does work well! Make sure to not continually brush varnish, as it can ruin or smear the transfer. I recommend spray varnish or buy polycrylic to seal with. You can even make the entire thing waterproof(!) by using spar varnish. Any marine store will carry it. Even Lowes or Home Depot. If you want to place your image transfer outdoors, say on a wreath, you can use Spar varnish. I recommend 6 coats, or whatever the manufacturer directions state. I recommend Epifanes Clear Spar Varnish. It is pricey, but goes a long way, the coating will last forever, and it has the highest UV protection (as far as I’ve found through countless hours of extensive research.) you can buy. Most require re-coating frequently, every year or two, opposed to Epifanes’ 6 years or so…. depending on exposure and other factors. I use it on my hand painted signs by the pool. We live in Michigan near one of the many lakeshores, and receive tremendous amounts of precipitation in many different forms!

    • April 3, 2014 @ 9:36 am Marvan Huen

      Hobby Lobby

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      • May 4, 2014 @ 11:05 pm Patricia

        It is a very easy fix if you can’t find Mod Podge in your area.. just buy it online at any craft website such as Hobby Lobby and have it sent to you rather than risking the whole project with varnish or home made stuff. :)

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  7. June 17, 2013 @ 3:14 am Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    Happy SITS Day! Neat tutorial. Did you know that Mod Podge has photo transfer medium now that does basically the same thing? I’ve done something similar with that.

    Reply

  8. June 17, 2013 @ 3:51 am Bev @ Linkouture

    This is a great project, I might have to try it out with some of my wedding photos!

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  9. June 17, 2013 @ 6:37 am Sheila Skillinstead

    Nice blog. Looks like an easy craft. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your SITS Day.

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  10. June 17, 2013 @ 6:52 am Kim@Co-Pilot Mom

    What a neat idea! It looks great!

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  11. June 17, 2013 @ 7:36 am another jennifer

    This looks like a really cool project. I’m hoping I have the patience for it once it comes to the “sanding”. :) Pinning it for future reference.

    Happy SITS Day!

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  12. June 17, 2013 @ 7:56 am misssrobin

    It’s beautiful! And your tutorial is so easy to understand and follow. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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  13. June 17, 2013 @ 8:25 am Alli

    I have been wanting to try this. You make it look doable. Thanks! Enjoy your SITS day!

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  14. June 17, 2013 @ 9:31 am Kimberly H. Smith

    This is really interesting. I would have never thought of something like this. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. June 17, 2013 @ 10:52 am Sydnie

    Those are so cute! Great tutorial!

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  16. June 17, 2013 @ 11:26 am MomChalant

    This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! I forgot about it, but I’m glad I read your post and it brought my inspiration back!

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  17. June 17, 2013 @ 11:43 am Karma

    What a great idea…and so old school I LOVE IT!! I have to admit…you really know how to grab a reader’s attention!!! xoxo

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  18. June 17, 2013 @ 11:50 am Heather

    This is so pretty! it would make a great gift. Can’t wait to try it!

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  19. June 17, 2013 @ 12:29 pm Kate

    I pinned something like this along time ago as a future project. I love that you walked through it step by step. Happy SITS day!

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  20. June 17, 2013 @ 8:15 pm tara linda

    How wonderful! Do you have any idea if this works on stone?
    thank you!

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    • June 18, 2013 @ 9:51 am Crystal

      Hi Tara,

      I’ve never tried it on stone. I’m thinking that it probably would work though. If you try it I’d love to hear what the results are like. :)

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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      • November 11, 2016 @ 11:52 am ericka chavez

        Hi Crystal,

        Can I still transfer the picture if i want to paint the wood first? i want to try it in some plaques.
        Thank you!! great tutorial

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        • November 11, 2016 @ 11:59 am Crystal

          Hi Ericka,

          That is a really great question that I actually don’t know the answer to… I’ve only tried it on raw wood. I don’t know how the transfer would adhere to a painted surface. If you give it a try, I’d love to know how it turns out.

          Best Wishes,

          Crystal

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          • November 11, 2016 @ 12:15 pm ericka chavez

            I will try it for sure. My plan is to create a memory box and to turn the new wood into old and transfer the pictures. my final for my creative class. let see how goes.
            Thank you! :)

  21. June 18, 2013 @ 9:59 am Crystal

    Thank you so much to everyone who came to visit me for my SITS day! I had such a fantastic day being the featured SITS blogger. I hope you will all come back to visit again, be inspired and inspire me as well. :)

    Lots of love,

    Crystal

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  22. July 8, 2013 @ 9:50 am Shilpa

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing these ideas!
    Would the same process work for transferring photos and words onto canvas? I saw your post about mounting pictures on canvas, but I am trying to do something with multiple pictures and printed text.

    Thanks!
    Shilpa

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    • July 9, 2013 @ 9:30 pm Crystal

      Hi Shilpa,

      Thank you so much for checking it out. To be honest I’m not sure if it would work on canvas or not. I suspect that it might but I know that you get the wood quite wet during the peeling process and I’m not sure how the canvas would hold up to it. If you try it I would love to hear what your results are like!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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  23. July 14, 2013 @ 2:17 am carol brewerton

    Hello Crystel, Loved the tutorial and have just done my first transfer to a piece of smooth plywood…. but i have got lots of white Blobs or Blisters over a lot of the print, I can’t rub them out as it will tear the print, any idea what would have caused it and if i can deal with it Regards Carol

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    • July 14, 2013 @ 6:32 pm Crystal

      Hi Carol,

      Congrats on finishing your first transfer. I wasn’t happy with the way my first one turned out so I rubbed it all off and started again. My guess is that the white blobs might be blobs of the gel medium that didn’t get smoothed out properly after you applied the photo copy to the wood. I haven’t had any blobs on mine but I always makes sure to smooth it out really well using a credit card.

      I’d love to see a picture of your finished project.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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      • July 21, 2013 @ 6:27 am carol brewerton

        Thanks Crystel, I have just come back from holiday and am trying again. my second one (before going away) did tear in a couple of places so am now scraping off tand trying for third time lucky… any tips for sraping off, have wetted down and using a scraper, but it is hard to remove…. regards Carol

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        • July 22, 2013 @ 10:56 am Crystal

          Hi Carol,

          I don’t use a scraper when removing the paper. I wet the paper and then use the tip of my finger in a circular motion to lightly “sand” off the paper. Once the paper gets too wet and I think it’s going to start to tear I leave it to try for a few minutes and then start again. I have also used sharpie markers to dot in areas where the paper tore.

          Hope that helps.

          Crystal

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          • February 3, 2015 @ 1:04 pm Tina

            I saw somwhere that if you get the glue on the white side of the print that in those spots it will be impossible to remove it from the print since it is adhering the white paper part to the canvas as well as the photo. be sure to get NO glue/podge on the outside of the print paper.

          • February 3, 2015 @ 3:10 pm Crystal

            Good tip Tina! I usually don’t even pull out the Mod Podge until I’m all done “sanding down” my image and it’s already adhered. No need to get the mod podge out and have it dry up. :)

            Best wishes,

            Crystal

  24. July 14, 2013 @ 5:53 am Inna Higgins

    Hi , I was just wondering if the picture has to be printed on regular copy paper or actual photo (glossy) paper .

    Thanks
    Inna

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    • July 14, 2013 @ 6:30 pm Crystal

      Hi Inna,

      I’ve only tried it using regular copy paper. I don’t know if the photo paper would split in half leaving the laser printed part behind.

      Thanks so much for visiting and for the question.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

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  26. September 18, 2013 @ 11:50 am Marie

    Hello,

    Do you know if photos that you get printed from say Walgreens would transfer well onto hardboard; which is a smooth surfaced fiberboard? I notice that most people use ink jet printer photos for most transfers, but I would love to use some old printed photos I have in projects.

    Thanks,
    Marie

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    • September 18, 2013 @ 2:22 pm Crystal

      Hi Marie,

      Great question. With the photo to wood tranfer the gel medium splits the paper in half and leaves the laser ink on the wood. I don’t think you would get the same effect with a printed photo… but my other Mod Podge Photo project would be great for that. It’s a project where you mount the photo to canvas but it could easily be done with wood and it takes much less time than this project does.

      Here is the link:

      http://hellocreativefamily.com/how-to-mount-a-photo-to-canvas-tutorial-5-00-gift/

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  27. September 18, 2013 @ 3:28 pm Marie

    Hi Crystal,

    Thanks so much for responding! I really like the look of your other project too,so maybe I will try that one out!

    Thank you,

    Marie

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    • September 19, 2013 @ 10:09 pm Crystal

      My pleasure Marie. Let me know how it turns out on wood. It’s been a project I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. :)

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  28. November 19, 2013 @ 10:50 am Angie Chambliss

    I followed your instructions but used a raw piece of wood and it warped. How can I avoid this next time??

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    • November 20, 2013 @ 10:54 pm Crystal

      Hi Angie,

      Thank you for stopping by. Are you able to give me a bit more information? Was it your wood that warped or the image?

      If it was the wood I would suggest a couple of things. 1. Maybe don’t get it as wet. 2. Maybe get a thicker piece of wood. 3. Maybe ask at the store for a wood that is pressure treated so it can withstand water damage?

      I’ve tried it with reclaimed wood from a cutting board and with a wooden box from Michael’s and neither warped.

      If it’s your picture that warped. Maybe you didn’t get all of the air bubbles out underneath the Gesso?

      Let me know if any of these tips helped.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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  29. December 7, 2013 @ 9:51 pm Hanna

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for these tips. I have not attempted to do this yet, but was wondering if the gel medium is necessary for it to turn out right. I have all of the supplies other than this gel, and didn’t know if it was necessary. I have seen on other websites that the gel is optional.

    Thanks,

    Hanna

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  30. December 20, 2013 @ 5:53 am Cathy

    Hello,
    I’m not a follower and I am new to crafting. But I saw this type of project on Pinterest and went on the hunt.
    One thing I am curious about, and seems silly to me but here goes :)
    All the projects I’ve seen are black and white photos. Does anyone know if it will work with colour photos?
    Thanks in advance
    Cathy

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    • December 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am Crystal

      Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for visiting. It does work with colored photos. My friend made a wooden box for her husband for their wedding anniversary with a wedding photo on the top of the box. The one thing about the color is that during the “rubbing” part of the project you happen to rub off to much it is more obvious in color than in black and white.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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  31. December 20, 2013 @ 11:34 am Abigail

    Can mod podge be used as the gel medium? Thanks!

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    • December 20, 2013 @ 2:36 pm Crystal

      Hi Abigail,

      Mod Podge and gel medium are two different things. The gel medium makes the paper split where the mod podge would fuse the paper. I believe that Mod Podge now makes a line of gel medium though.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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  32. January 8, 2014 @ 5:21 pm Chris

    So on my second attempt and my photos keep “lifting” off the wood while rubbing the paper off- could I be using too little medium? That’s my theory as it seems that the image is not transferring. I end up with a cloudy looking patchy image on my projects :(

    Reply

    • January 9, 2014 @ 8:54 am Crystal

      Hi Chris,

      My best guess would be that you aren’t using enough medium. You are printing your photos on a laser printer right? When I do it I often coat both the wood and the paper in gel medium. After I let it dry I wet a washcloth with warm water and lay it on top. The paper almost splits in half with the bottom of the paper with the image attached to the wood and the other half of the paper lifting up.

      If you are having a hard time this is another really nice photo project that you could probably do just as easily on wood:

      http://hellocreativefamily.com/how-to-mount-a-photo-to-canvas-tutorial-5-00-gift/

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  33. January 14, 2014 @ 9:05 am Sheila

    Do you use photo paper or regular copy paper when printing out a copy of the photo to transfer?

    Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for posting the tutorial.

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    • January 14, 2014 @ 9:54 am Crystal

      Hi Sheila,

      Thanks for visiting! Regular copy paper but it needs to be printed on a laser printer.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  34. March 28, 2014 @ 5:34 pm Becky

    Iam trying to do the photo transfer on wood. I have everything I need . I have a question. When you have the photo printed , what type of paper do you use? regular paper for printing or photo paper? also can you do this in color or only black and white? I tried this before I seen it had to be laser printed so I want to make sure I get the right paper this time also.

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    • March 28, 2014 @ 6:55 pm Crystal

      Hi Becky,

      It’s printed on just regular laser printer printer paper. You can definitely do it in color or black and white, however I noticed the black and white is a bit more forgiving if you don’t get the top layer of the paper completely removed or if you accidentally remove too much.

      Thank you for visiting.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  35. March 30, 2014 @ 8:20 am michelle

    Hi! Love your tutorial! One thing that struck out to me is the time to dry. All the other tutorials I’ve looked at state it needs at least 8+ hours before removing the paper. I’m using an 8×10 block of wood… Do you think I could get by with just 4 hours?

    Thanks!

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    • April 6, 2014 @ 2:33 pm Crystal

      Hi Michelle,

      I read somewhere that the gesso actually only needs a few minutes to saturate and set. I’ve always at the very least let it dry. I’ve done anywhere from half and hour to overnight and I’ve never had a problem. :) Good luck. I’d love to hear how it turns out.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

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  37. May 27, 2014 @ 5:57 pm Gary

    Have you ever done this on a rough, uneven wood surface? For my wedding, I made small wood trays out of lathe boards, to use as centerpieces. I was going to recycle them by placing some of our wedding pictures in them. Figured it would be a nice anniversary gift and it’s got to be cheaper than purchasing frames. If you don’t think that would work, I could possibly mount them to luan first and then to the trays. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thank you.

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    • May 28, 2014 @ 9:58 am Crystal

      Hi Gary,

      What a beautiful idea. You are a very thoughtful husband. Unfortunately, I think that this project would be quite tough to do on a rough uneven wood surface.

      You might have better luck following the technique in this project here, instead:

      http://hellocreativefamily.com/how-to-mount-a-photo-to-canvas-tutorial-5-00-gift/

      I think that if you are just mounting instead of transferring that it might be easier.

      The one thing that I do love about this project is that if it doesn’t work out you can always just scrub the paper off and try again and all you have lost is your time… so if you have time to spare it might be worth trying out.

      Thank you so much for visiting! I hope that you come up with a great anniversary gift using your upcycled wood trays.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

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      • July 9, 2014 @ 8:10 pm Gary

        I ended up mounting the 8×10 picture to plywood and then mounted the plywood to the tray. Braided bailing twine for hanging it. Turned out pretty sweet…but I could be slightly biased. If I knew how to attach a picture, I would. She loved it. Thanks for all of your help and advice.

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  38. June 2, 2014 @ 11:15 am Constance

    just wondering why you say that ink jet printing wont work? i want to do this with colored photos but everytime i try it doesnt turn out well.

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    • June 2, 2014 @ 12:56 pm Crystal

      Hi Constance,

      You can definitely use colored photos, you would just need to print them using a laser printer. The reason it doesn’t work has something to do with the printing process. With the laser printing the ink is transferred to the wood, with the ink jet the ink I believe is absorbed into the paper and won’t transfer.

      This is another option that I love for colored photos. You could mount the photo to the wood:

      http://hellocreativefamily.com/how-to-mount-a-photo-to-canvas-tutorial-5-00-gift/

      Thank you so much for visiting.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  39. June 5, 2014 @ 11:10 am Ann Vajner

    I purchased Martha Steward Gesso Primer. Is the correct gel medium?

    Reply

    • June 9, 2014 @ 3:23 pm Crystal

      Hi Ann,

      Yes! That’s the one!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  40. June 14, 2014 @ 11:57 am Brittney

    Here’s my first attempt at a photo to wood transfer. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!! Your tutorial is great!!

    Reply

    • June 14, 2014 @ 8:22 pm Crystal

      Brittney!!! Those are AMAZING! I love them. I wish I had thought of them for Father’s Day!

      Thank you so much for visiting and for sharing.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  41. August 21, 2014 @ 10:07 am Kelly

    Hi crysal

    When i had wiped all the paper off my picture it was still cloudy, but once i added some more water it would become clear. I added the modge podge and the picture came out cloudy. Should i have “sanded” the picture more or did I do something wrong?

    Another question since i have added the podge modge to the wood should i just start over again with a new piece of wood?

    Thanks.
    Kelly

    Reply

    • August 21, 2014 @ 10:39 am Crystal

      Hi Kelly,

      Great question. If once the paper has dried it is cloudy that means that there is still paper there that needs to be “sanded” off. Once the mod podge has been applied you won’t be able to sand it anymore.

      I have removed my image and started over before I added mod podge but not after. You might be able to remove it by soaking the wood in water and then scraping it since usually Mod Podge isn’t waterproof. Or of course, you could try again with a new piece of wood.

      Let me know if you have more questions.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  42. August 23, 2014 @ 5:28 am Jack DeNina

    Great tutorial , you made it seem so easy, do you think the transfer would work on glass or a mirror?

    Thanks for sharing..

    ….jack

    Reply

    • August 25, 2014 @ 2:30 pm Crystal

      Hi Jack,

      Thank you very much. Also thank you for visiting. I’m actually not sure if it would work on glass. My fear would be that the surface would be too smooth and the transfer would just slip off. Definitely worth a try though! If you do it please let me know if it works.

      Thank you for visiting!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  43. August 23, 2014 @ 6:30 am elaine

    Can you tell me why it does not work with an inkjet printer? I am curious. I tried transferring something from an inkjet printer onto painted wood on a little desk and it worked except I got it a little too wet when I was rubbing off the paper and it smeared a little. I doctored it up and am still going to use it. But now I am curious if it would work better if I used a laser printer?

    Reply

    • August 25, 2014 @ 2:32 pm Crystal

      Hi Elaine,

      Great question. From what I’ve been told it won’t work with an inkjet because an inkjet lays the ink into the paper where a laser jet lays the ink on top of the paper. Also ink jet ink is usually water soluble so it would wash away where a laser jet isn’t. Interesting to hear that you did it successfully with an inkjet image though!

      Thank you so much for visiting.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

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  45. November 28, 2014 @ 3:10 pm Paul

    So I’ve been giving this a try and 1 or of 3 i’m happy with. If your photo is basically all ink then it makes for a better picture. what i mean by that is if it’s say a picture with white back ground (no ink) and in my case blue letters then the letters come out fine (well almost as 2 letters won’t let the paper go so it
    s started to take the ink with it) but you can see what it appears to me is gell on the wood which makes it darker then the surrounding wood that did not have any gell on it. I don’t think i’m explaining this very well. To me it’s almost like i would have to cut out each letter and do it letter by letter. Anyone understand what i’m talkng about…lol. Wish I could post a picture..it is obvious when you see it. Before I get the sander out and start from scratch…any tips/advice? TIA

    Reply

    • December 1, 2014 @ 8:41 am Crystal

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your message. Hmmm. I’ve only tried this with black and white images, not color so I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it… Black and white might be more forgiving. Did you want to try posting a link to a picture?

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

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  47. December 4, 2014 @ 12:42 pm Madyson Migliozzi

    Do you print the photo onto photo paper or just regular printer paper?

    Reply

    • December 4, 2014 @ 12:56 pm Crystal

      Hi Madyson,

      You print it onto regular printer paper. :)

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  48. December 10, 2014 @ 9:50 am Derrick

    I was wondering what type of gel medium you used? modeling paste? Or matte gel? Or gloss gel?

    Reply

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  50. January 30, 2015 @ 6:18 pm Laura

    If I used a piece of raw wood. Could I stain it first? If so do I clear coat it. Thanks.

    Reply

    • January 31, 2015 @ 8:22 am Crystal

      Hi Laura,

      I’m so sorry, I’ve never tried it on a piece of stained wood before. I would think that it should be ok, you would probably just want to see how your gel medium reacts with the stain. Maybe try staining a small section on the back and laying some gel medium on it to see if there is any reaction?

      Thank you for visiting!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

      • January 31, 2015 @ 8:29 am Paul

        I used raw wood. It worked fine. But the problem i’m having is if the photo has a lot of white back ground…in my case it was text on white, it turned looking more like it was glued on rather then a transfer of the ink. The solid black text is fine.

        Reply

        • January 31, 2015 @ 2:55 pm Crystal

          Hi Shawn,

          Yes, my photo had quite a bit of black to it so that probably helps with the finished appearance.

          Best Wishes,

          Crystal

          Reply

  51. January 31, 2015 @ 9:47 am shawn

    i tried this with phots printed out from the store.. found out there is layer of film in the paper.. worked my way down and finaly got to the image.. image looked clear .. let dry was still clear. did a layer of mod podge and let it dry as it was drying it started to get a milky color over the photo. maybe some chemical reaction…

    .. i havent seen results like this nor have i seen someone use store printed pitcures.. but it was a test.. so far i wouldnt use printed pictures on photo paper on a transfor.. id simply mod podge the picture to the wood

    Reply

    • January 31, 2015 @ 2:31 pm Crystal

      Hi Sean,

      I did this project with a photo printed on a laser printer. I think it has to do with the way the laser printer prints onto the paper. The gel medium causes the paper to almost split in half leaving the image behind.

      I’ve also mounted my photos to canvas, love the look and find it’s a lot easier, but the photo to wood transfer does create a unique look if done correctly.

      I’d love to see some of the photos you’ve mounted to wood!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  52. January 31, 2015 @ 9:05 pm Rowena

    I want to know what “magic” you performed to get the cutting board to shrink down to just about the same size as the photo! [Compare the board in pictures for Steps 7 and 8.] :-)

    Reply

    • January 31, 2015 @ 11:56 pm Crystal

      Hi Rowena,

      Thank you so much for visiting. At the end of step 7 I said:

      “In my case I decided that I would prefer if my photo filled the entire front of the wood so I wet the wood down, scraped the project off and redid it.”

      So the magic isn’t that I shrunk the cutting board it’s that I printed my second picture a bit bigger so it fit the cutting board better. ;)

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  53. February 5, 2015 @ 12:21 pm Dana

    I have been reading a lot on message boards about confusion between using laser vs inkjet for the photos and so I made a video showing the difference between the two. The Laser is definitely the best way to go, but wanted to show a visual for anyone wondering what the difference looks like.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgYb-RTJDX0

    Reply

  54. February 5, 2015 @ 3:33 pm Michele

    Hi Crystal I tried this project. The photo transferred ok except that you can see all the grain marks from the wood and the picture is “yellowed” somewhat. I used Poplar wood so I’m not sure if that made a difference or not. The picture is of my granddaughter at the beach so there is a lot of lighter background in the picture and wondering if that is why the grain in the wood shows through. Do you suggest a particular type of wood? I’m going to try again with a different type of wood but just wondered what your experience was. Thanks!

    Reply

    • February 9, 2015 @ 10:07 pm Crystal

      Hi Michele,

      I’ve never tried doing this on poplar, I’ve mostly used reclaimed wood. My guess though is that it might have something to do with the light background. I think that photos with a lot of black and grey in them look the best. Let me know how your next try turns out!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  55. February 6, 2015 @ 4:47 pm Deb Moyer

    I love this, trying it now. I just put the gel on the wood, not the photo. And I used photo paper, printed at work. Hope it’s a laser, guess we’ll see. But is photo paper the right thing to transfer from?
    Thank you!

    Reply

    • February 9, 2015 @ 10:05 pm Crystal

      Hi Deb,

      Let me know how it goes! I just use plain copier paper for mine.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

      • February 10, 2015 @ 10:23 am Deb Moyer

        The first try with photo paper didn’t work out, had a plastic type film over it. Started over and used pictures printed on regular copy paper, turned out beautifully! I made a total of 5 over the weekend, then put together as a collage yesterday. I’m please with my end result :))

        Reply

        • February 11, 2015 @ 9:59 am Crystal

          Hi Deb,

          I’m so happy your second attempt turned out. Yes it has to be on plain old copy paper. I would love to see a picture of how they turned out! If you would like to share them on my facebook page I’d be thrilled! http://www.facebook.com/sewcreativeblog.

          Best Wishes,

          Crystal

          Reply

    • February 15, 2015 @ 10:44 am Danielle

      I don’t believe photo paper will work as it can’t breathe like regular paper. You want to just use plain printer paper/copy paper. Please let me know if the photo paper worked, for future attempts, ty.

      Reply

      • February 15, 2015 @ 5:45 pm Crystal

        Hi Danielle,

        You are absolutely correct. For best results you need a laser copied photo printed on copier paper, not photo paper.

        Thank you for visiting.

        Best Wishes,

        Crystal

        Reply

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  57. February 13, 2015 @ 11:25 am Brian B

    Hi Crystal,

    I plan on doing a photo transfer to a piece of driftwood with a fairly smooth surface, but driftwood tends to be on the porous side. I was thinking of pretreating the driftwood with the gel medium beforehand to let the wood soak it up to fill the voids before proceeding with the normal process. Is this something you would recommend? Would you also recommend it for reclaimed 1850’s barn wood? Showing some wood grain through the print is ideal I just don’t want it to be distorted.

    Thanks,
    Brian

    Reply

    • February 15, 2015 @ 5:48 pm Crystal

      Hi Brian,

      That sounds really cool! I’ve never tried it on something like driftwood before. The one thing I do know is that the surface needs to be flat so that the paper can lie flat on the wood. Any area that isn’t against the wood would lift up. As long as you have a flat piece of wood it should work great.

      I love the idea of a reclaimed piece of barn wood too!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  58. February 15, 2015 @ 10:40 am Danielle

    I’m getting ready to do this at this very moment. I opened the Martha Stewart Gesso and it is super white, like if I didnt know any better I’d think it was white acrylic paint, is this the right stuff? The bottle looks exact to yours, same words everything. TY

    Reply

    • February 15, 2015 @ 5:46 pm Crystal

      Hi Danielle,

      Yep! You have the exact right stuff.

      Good luck!

      Crystal

      Reply

  59. February 16, 2015 @ 6:52 pm Danielle

    It worked. However it remained white. It didn’t dry clear. It must be wrong.

    Reply

    • February 17, 2015 @ 11:29 am Crystal

      Hi Danielle,

      No, I think that is right. So you put the gel medium on the image and then place the image face down on the wood. Leave it to dry then place a wet towel on top and start to “sand” the image down. The white part is what holds the image to the wood, you shouldn’t be able to see it… BUT you need to remove all of the white part of the paper to get down to the image.

      I’m working on a project now and it took me about 10 times wetting it down, “sanding” and letting it dry before all the “white” paper was gone and just the paper with the image was left behind. Keep at it!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  60. February 25, 2015 @ 1:39 pm Anastasia

    Hi Crystal, great post! I had many questions but they were answered from other questions. I have tried for first time without having read your blog and I was a little bit disappointed. Even though after sanding it wouldn’t look that cloudy, once I applies themod modge it was very cloudy and had lots of white pieces of paper. Should I repeat several times weting and sanding? Or is it a problem to wet the wood veey often? Also, is it normal the fact that at some places the paper was completely removed and you could only see the wood?

    Thank you,
    Anastasia

    Reply

    • March 1, 2015 @ 9:05 am Crystal

      Hi Anastasia,

      Thank you for visiting! Yes, keep on “sanding” away. I did this project again recently and it probably took me 10 times of letting the paper dry and then resanding to get a finished look.

      You have to be very careful when sanding the paper away, or you will remove it all and the wood will show through. The photo in the post I did twice because I wasn’t happy with the way the first one looked, too much wood showing through. :)

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  61. March 10, 2015 @ 5:35 pm Tiffany

    This maybe a weird question but does the picture have to be black and white or can it be in color?

    Reply

    • March 10, 2015 @ 7:25 pm Crystal

      Hi Tiffany,

      I like the outcome of it in black and white better, it pops more. I have done it in color as well though.

      Thank you for visiting!

      Crystal

      Reply

  62. April 1, 2015 @ 5:45 am Srishtti Doshi

    Hi. I am not ablet to find gel medium in my city (India). Could you please suggest an alternative for that?!

    Reply

    • April 3, 2015 @ 8:32 am Crystal

      Hi Srishtti,

      Do you have mod podge photo transfer medium in India? It’s the same thing as the gesso that I used and works really well too.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  63. April 16, 2015 @ 6:34 am Nik

    Can you leave the picture on for too long before the next step (dampen and remove)?

    Reply

  64. April 18, 2015 @ 5:25 am Parvinminazadeh

    Hi thanks for your idea.i have a question about this kind of print that you lessoned,can we use it on mirror or glass?thank you

    Reply

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  66. May 4, 2015 @ 5:41 am Marley

    Hi Crystal,

    This tutorial was great! I have a side table that i wanted to transfer a photo onto using your instructions. I am pretty sure I have an ink jet printer tho. Do you know if Target or Wal-Mart’s print kiosks in the photo department work for the purpose of this?

    Thanks so much,

    Marley

    Reply

    • May 4, 2015 @ 8:41 am Crystal

      Hi Marley!

      Oooh that sounds like a great idea. You basically want a photo copy of your photo, so a place like kinkos or staples would be the best bet for getting a laser printed copy of your photos. You’ll have to send me a picture of your finished results!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  67. May 10, 2015 @ 4:01 am Jai

    hello Crystal.

    Can u please tell me what exactly mod podge does in this project.
    I stay in a very remote area so if u have any other options to this please suggest me.

    Reply

    • May 11, 2015 @ 11:41 am Crystal

      Hi Jai,

      Thank you for visiting and for your message. The mod podge seals the paper and adds a protective clear coating over it. You could probably use another sealer to finish it if it’s available where you live.

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

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  69. September 14, 2015 @ 9:10 am Dishi Swarnkar

    hey i saw this trick but i cannot find gel medium as well as mod podge in my country (india).. can i use a normal glue to print the picture on the wood ??

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  70. October 5, 2015 @ 8:40 am Ricardo

    This is awesome! I tried this process and it turned out really cool, but I was concerned with getting a crisp image for my girlfriends birthday so I also had a print made by Plak That to make sure it turned out crisp. They made a print for me and it turned out fantastic. The homemade ones are always cool as well though!

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  71. December 10, 2015 @ 7:58 pm Holly

    This is awesome! I’d love to try this. Would be a great gift idea, especially for Christmas, to add a personal touch. Thank you for the step by step instructions!

    Reply

  72. December 17, 2015 @ 7:37 pm Lori

    Hello:
    I have sanded the picture. When wet, you can make out the picture, but when it dries you cannot make out the picture. When dry, there is areas which looks like I sanded too much, but I am not down to bare wood. Do I need to sand again in those areas before final step of sealing it with mod podge? Are you supposed to see the picture clearly when dry and sanded properly (as I do when it is wet)? Or will the mod podge act like a clear coat sealer and bring out the picture as if it were wet?
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    • December 18, 2015 @ 9:06 am Crystal

      Hi Lori,

      That means that you’re getting close but not quite there. If it fogs up again once dry it means that there is still paper fiber to be removed. Your picture should basically look how you want it to look when it’s dry, before you add the mod podge. It definitely takes multiple times wetting it down and “sanding”.

      Good luck! Thanks for visiting.

      Crystal

      Reply

  73. December 18, 2015 @ 12:47 pm Anne Taylor

    This is really neat! I have had three new grandbabies born this year and it would be great to do one of these for each of my daughters! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Reply

  74. February 8, 2016 @ 9:00 pm Meghan

    Hi! I followed your instructions closely and all was going well – i applied the first layer of modge podge, let it try for about 20 minutes, then applied the second thin layer and it dried completely white and cloudy. I’ve tried rewetting but I think it’s stuck this way now and I’ll have to scrap it and start over. Any ideas on how to prevent this for my next attempt? Thanks!

    Reply

    • February 9, 2016 @ 10:31 am Crystal

      Hi Meghan,

      Thank you for your message. Was your photo transfer completely dry before you applied the first layer of mod podge? It sounds to me like possibly there was still some paper left on your image. When it’s wet it can look like it’s completely done, but then when it dries it looks cloudy again.

      I’ve never seen the image go cloudy before with a second layer of mod podge so that’s my best bet. Was it mod podge brand mod podge that you were using?

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

      • February 9, 2016 @ 10:56 am Meghan

        Crystal, Perhaps that was it, I thought it was completely dry but I will make sure that’s the case next time. Yes, I used the regular modge podge brand – made sure to by the exact kind that was in the photo! Thanks for the tip,

        Reply

  75. March 1, 2016 @ 5:28 pm Ramana

    Hi Crystal,
    I followed the instructions you have given above. And, the end result looks good when the media is still wet, but when dry, the result is blurred as if covered with paper.
    if there are any steps that I have not done for the final touch?
    Should I do anything when the photo is still wet?

    Thank you for the advice.

    Reply

    • March 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am Crystal

      Hi Ramana,

      If the image still looks cloudy when dried you need to do more steps of “sanding” it down, until the image looks clear when dry. Stick with it!

      Thank you for visiting!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  76. April 9, 2016 @ 1:13 pm Carrie

    Hi Crystal, What did you use to get the old transfer off of the wood? I’m having a hard time getting it off.The transfer didn’t turn out as good as i wanted it to.
    Thank you,Carrie

    Reply

    • April 11, 2016 @ 11:33 am Crystal

      Hi Carrie,

      I just wet it down and scraped it all off. If you have an old credit card or something with a hard edge it makes it easier to scrape off. :)

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  77. April 11, 2016 @ 11:46 am Lydia Nordhoff

    I absolutely love this idea! Your’s turned out so well, I can’t wait to try my own!
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    • April 11, 2016 @ 1:01 pm Crystal

      Thank you so much Lydia! It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. The moment I took that photo of my sister and Bean I knew I had to do something special with it!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  78. May 2, 2016 @ 6:47 pm Norah

    Not sure if this was asked already but can this be done on finished and stained wood or does it have to be on unfinished wood?
    Thanks!

    Reply

    • May 3, 2016 @ 9:24 am Crystal

      Hi Norah,

      Great question. I’m not 100% sure, but I think you should be able to do it on stained wood, as long as the stain is light enough that you would be able to see your picture. I haven’t tried it though so can’t say 100% that it will work. I know that you can use this method on different materials though, so I’d say it’s worth a try!

      Thank you for visiting.

      Crystal

      Reply

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  80. April 4, 2017 @ 6:19 pm TG

    Hey Crystal. I tried this method, but the wood faded away within a few months. The picture is no longer there.

    Reply

    • April 7, 2017 @ 9:55 am Crystal

      Hi TG,

      Hmmm that is very odd. Did you do a layer of mod podge on top? That should protect your image. A few of mine I’ve had for over 5 years and they still look the way they looked when I made them. The only other thing I can think is if you have them in an area with a lot of sun exposure, that could cause it to fade?

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  81. April 15, 2017 @ 9:26 pm Melody H

    Hi, Crystal! I was just wondering. Have you tried or know if Matte Mod Podge is a good sealant for this project for the final steps? There are so many mod podge selections to choose from I’m a little overwhelmed and don’t want to buy the wrong type.

    Reply

    • April 17, 2017 @ 12:51 pm Crystal

      Hi Melody,

      Great question! It’s totally up to your preference, but Matte Mod Podge is what I use for mine. I always prefer matte photos to glossy photos. :)

      Thank you for visiting!

      Best Wishes,

      Crystal

      Reply

  82. November 11, 2017 @ 3:33 pm Leila

    Do you print the photo or can you copy the photo on a laser copier?

    Reply


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