Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Idea: How to Transfer Pictures to Wood

Two years ago, I posted how to transfer pictures to wood.  It's one of my favorite do-it-yourself gift ideas. With Mother's Day on the horizon, I'm thinking this is a fabulous low cost gift that any mom would LOVE.

Even better, get your kids involved and make these for grandma.  

1. Before you begin, grab or purchase from a craft store whatever wood you will be using, and print the pictures you would like to transfer onto paper.

Use a LASER PRINTER.  This works best.  I went plain old black and white.  Obviously, you need to print a good quality picture and make certain the size works for your project. 

You also need gel medium, mod podge and foam brushes.

2. Line your workspace with newspaper, since gel mediums and mod podge can be messy. Trim your pictures as you like and make sure everything will fit nicely on wood surface.

3. Using foam brush, cover surface of wood with gel medium.  Turn printed picture picture side down and press firmly, removing all bubbles.  Just a reminder, all text will be backwards on finished project unless you print mirror images.

4. Let dry overnight.

5. The next morning, wet surface with water.  You will need to saturate the paper, and using a sponge or your fingers, rub paper gently until it breaks apart.

You will be left with an image on your wood.  Amazing.

6. Allow to dry, and use a foam sponge to apply mod podge over entire surface to finish your project,  I used glossy mod podge, any finish works great.

These projects aren't just for Mother's Day...they are great for gifts, sleepovers and home decor. The possibilities are endless.

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