DIY Photography

DIY Friday~ Transferring a Photo to Wood {Second Try was a Success!}

It’s a real happy DIY Friday over here! I had so much fun researching and trying to figure out what works best with transferring a photo to wood. It seems simple enough, but there are so many possible choices on the internet! (sometimes too many if you ask me, which can be overwhelming).  I had to just work through this project and figure it out as I went along. One thing you’ll learn about me is that I am a very determined person and I don’t give up until I get it right (even if that means many fails).

 If you missed last Friday’s post, let me fill you in. Last Friday I had a DIY Fail when trying to get a photo to transfer to wood, you can read about it here. The problem was I didn’t have the right supplies (because that’s important, right?!) You should see my google search history, it’s all about transferring a photo to wood! This week I have been busy with figuring out the best approach, and let me just say it was a SUCCESS! (I felt like a little elf hard at work). I’m so excited to share this DIY project with you because it is probably one of the easiest ones I have completed (if you have the right supplies). This time I’m sharing with you all the little secrets I gathered up to help guide you in making your own.



All these supplies are MUST HAVES.

  • GLOSS gel medium
  • mod podge (there are many different types of mod podge, and it’s all in your preference of how you would like your photo to look I went with a matte finish)
  • paint brush
  •  wet rag
  • dry rag
  • rolling pin
  • wood the size of your photo-I went a size up, my photo was a 4X6, but I purchased a 5X7 piece of wood (ligther colored wood works best)
  • photocopy of your picture (I just went to Office Max and had them photocopy one of my already printed pictures)
    • make sure it’s with LASER JET INK
    • make sure it’s on THIN PAPER
    • Just ask the sales associate for these, they’ll know!



1.wipe the wood with your dry rag (if you feel like the surface isn’t smooth enough you can lightly sand it)


2. take your gloss gel medium and apply a medium layer onto the top piece of the wood (not too thick, but not too thin)


3. place your photocopy picture on the wood that has gel medium


4. use the rolling pin to “roll” out any bumps or bubbles (1 or 2 rolls is plenty, don’t roll too much otherwise the paper may start to rip)

5. take your dry rag and wipe off any excess gel medium

6. LET IT DRY over night 0r at least 6 hours (this is a MUST!)


7. after it’s dried apply the wet rag on top of the whole picture (it’s okay if it’s on the whole piece of wood) leave it there for about 1 hour

8. remove the wet rag and slowly use the rag and your finger nails to scrap off the paper (the paper should be crumbly) SO IMPORTANT- do NOT use a lot of preassure as it will scrap off some of the ink, just a light preassure is all you need.

9. take your dry rag and use it to clean up any access paper crumble


10. take your mod podge and apply a thin layer on top, let it dry for about 1 hour

That’s it! It may seem like a lot of steps, but they’re fast steps and easy ones too! These will make great Christmas presents. I bought the pieces of wood at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. They are super cheap! You can also go to Home Depot and ask them to cut your specific size. If you’d like to add a little pizazz to your wood you can paint the edges with any type of paint.

I hope this encourages you to try your own! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.


Happy Creating!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life


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