Transferring your family photos onto wood can add a unique, rustic look to your home that allows you to display your favorite memories.
Every year my family gets a variety of photos together. But often times, I find it hard to display my photos in anything other than the standard "photo in a frame" sort of way. In my own house, I like to think outside the box and show a new take on traditional decor. So today I'm sharing with you a new take on family photo decorating.
For this project you will need:
1 piece of wood (I used a board found in the wood section at Michael's)
1 bottle of mod podge photo transfer
Laser print photo of your choice, cut down to the size you want
Decorations: ribbon and other decor ("hello" was from Michael's)
Step 1: Print your photos
Start by printing off your photo on a laser jet printer. This will not work with a standard photo, so please be sure it's a laser jet printer (or even photocopier). Note that the image will be reversed for this project, so if it has words on it, you'll want to flip your image before you print so it goes onto the wood correctly.
Trim your paper to size.
Step 2: Apply mod podge
Next, apply a very thick coating of mod podge photo transfer onto the front of the photo. Yes, you read that right...directly onto your pretty little faces. You want to be very generous with the amount. I like to use the mod podge mat so that I can get mod podge on it and the paper won't stick like it will on other surfaces.
Step 3: Apply the image face down
After the photo is covered, place it face down onto the wooden board you've chosen and smooth out any wrinkles.
Here's the important step...let it sit for a full 24 hours.
Step 4: Wipe off the paper
The final step in this process is to wipe off the paper. You'll take a damp rag and gently wipe away until the photo shows through. The paper will start coming off in clumps, but you'll see the image remain...like magic! You'll work away at it and let it dry. You may notice there's still a thin coating of paper on it. If so, wipe away again until clean.
Step 5: Add details
After it dried, I added a little bow with gingham ribbon at the top (I swear, gingham makes everything cuter). I also added this little metal "hello" I found at Michael's. Then I placed it on top of my credenza for a fun and different way to display our new family photos in something other than a traditional frame.
Enjoy your final project
So now you have tons of fun new options to share those family photos. Think of all the things you could transfer your photos to...it even works on fabric!
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