How To Transfer Photos Onto Wood & Make Lovely Gifts For Everyone!

As someone who loves crafts and has a keen interest in interior decorating ideas, I stumbled upon a DIY photo transfer using Acacia wood. Now I am no wood expert or anything but I did some research and for some reason or the other, Acacia wood was at the top of the list for doing this project! So here’s my story about successwith this project. There were no games played here and I stuck with it until I perfected it.

So first things first,supplies! You will need a photo that will work with the size of the wood that you choose, Then you get your picture printed out on wax paper.As forthe wood type, it’s really up to you and what is accessible to you.I mean it could be a reclaimed butcher block if you want.Myonly recommendating would bethat the photo’s dimensions fill out all or most of the space on the wood surface or you may find that your project looks unfinished. Grab some gel medium like Liquitex, modge podge (this is basically a sealer, glue and finish all in one), a ruler or anything with a straight edge (this will be able to get air bubbles out and flatten the photo on the wood surface),a paintbrush and a wet cloth.

Let’s begin our photo transfer! On a flat surface cover the entire photo with the gel medium using your paintbrush. Then,gently flip the picture (picture side down in the center of the wood). Use your flat edge tool and smooth it out in inward to outward motionsuntil the picture is flat and free of air bubbles. Wait at least 12 hours because you want it to set and make sure that the colors adhere to your wood surface perfectly.Don’t rush it now.

Next, we will remove the paper from the wood using a wet cloth, make sure the cloth is not dripping wet, justwet enough that the paper is damp. Then,you start gently rubbing in circles, the paper should start to peel off and reveal your photo transfer.

After all of the paper has been removed and the wood is dry again, paint your modge podge finish over the photo to seal in the color; there are many types of finishes, so again choose one that works for your project! Lastly, you can adorn your photo with things like letters, gems…etc.

Then when all is done and your happy with your results, you can sell it or even justgift wrap it and make it a personalized present!

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Lovely acacia wood for beautiful wood art photo transfer project!

Lovely acacia wood for beautiful wood art photo transfer project!

The DIY photo transfer can be done using almost any kind of wood, for my project I got a nice rectangle piece of acacia wood to be the star of this beautiful wood art craft!

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Make your own ideas for photography displays!

Make your own ideas for photography displays!

Here’s my lovely family picture and it is really nice to make your own ideas for photography that would most times be displayed in your house. You want to maintain and control over what you see everytime you walking the door right?

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Getting craft supplies from macys home decor section

Getting craft supplies from macys home decor section

Scoring deals on supplies and craft items mercifully isn’t a drag, I got these from macys home decor section and they were on sale for half the price! Those pesky mail-in flyers sometimes do not disappoint with their 50% off offers.

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My trusty paint brush to use on sealer for wood photo transfer

My trusty paint brush to use on sealer for wood photo transfer

In order to ensure an error free gel medium and modge podge application (sealer for wood), please invest in a good paintbrush, the kind where the bristles stay in the brush and not on your project!

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Room decoration DIY made super easy!

Room decoration DIY made super easy!

Now that we have our supplies ready it’s time for our room decoration DIY to begin. Don’t panic that you might make a mess or the project might come out a bit wonky, it’s a learning process and practice is what will make the photo transfer projects successful in the long run.

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Sitting at the decoration site about to apply the gel medium.

Sitting at the decoration site about to apply the gel medium.

Keep the decoration site surface for the pic flat and steady. Dip the brush and apply the gel medium in even strokes across the entire width and length of the picture. You want to make sure that all the color will be able to transfer without any gaps!

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Interior decorating tips for applying gel medium on photos!

Interior decorating tips for applying gel medium on photos!

Some interior decorating tips for applying gel medium on photos would be to first make sure where ever you are using it, is not a place that you would mind getting dirty or sticky; gel medium is difficult to remove once it sticks to something. For image transfer technique, I suggest covering the photo until you can’t see the photo it will ensure a great photo transfer!

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Family photo display ideas using photo transfer on wood!

Family photo display ideas using photo transfer on wood!

Remember to take your time and center the photo before you let it touch the wood surface. It might be unusual to some people that you have pieces of wood photos all lined up on your bookcases and space savers. However, family photo display ideas like these set you apart from the norm and different is never a bad thing in my opinion!

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I love these woodworking ideas for photos!

I love these woodworking ideas for photos!

Now that my woodworking ideas for photos are almost completed (not), we are nowhere near done people, I was only teasing you! So your picture is now centered and nicely stuck to the wood surface we begin the next process!

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Removing all bubbles from gel medium to photo transfer to wood now.

Removing all bubbles from gel medium to photo transfer to wood now.

Press down firmly and work from the middle (or inside) of the picture outward to the sides, We want the gel medium to photo transfer to wood with no color spaces and give us a full picture.

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Getting the paper off using wet cloth for this custom wall decor craft.

Getting the paper off using wet cloth for this custom wall decor craft.

The next step with our custom wall decor craft would be to remove the white backing from the photo using a wet rag or cloth, rub in circles until all the paper is gone and all that is left is the lovely print!

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Creating a vintage style decor if you rub too hard and take off too much color

Creating a vintage style decor if you rub too hard and take off too much color

So this is a trick that I did when I accidentally rubbed too hard and the color looked a bit faded. I turned it into a vintage style decor type photo transfer. Instead of discarding it, I felt that the faded color gave some validity to a 1960’s type photo.

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Arts and crafts style decorating with the modge podge!

Arts and crafts style decorating with the modge podge!

Now that we have our picture all transferred to the wood, it’s time for the arts and crafts style decorating steps and the first one is sealing in the color with the modge podge!

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How your (acacia wood) photo transfer completed project should look!

How your (acacia wood) photo transfer completed project should look!

Well, this is it, you did it! Congratulations on completing your acacia wood (or cedar, or birch…) photo transfer DIY craft. Now we can figure out if we want to further personalize it!

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Using wood initials decor on your photos

Using wood initials decor on your photos

I choose to use wood initials decor on my photos because I just think it gives it a nice touch and identifies each member of my family. So everyone feels like they belong!

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