How to Transfer a Photo to Wood with Mod Podge

Provides Youll Want for a DIY Picture Switch to Wooden

  • Piece of Wooden (any measurement, however I selected this wooden plaque) These small round wood slices would make nice Christmas ornaments!
  • Mod Podge
  • Picture or picture printed in reverse on 20 lbs. printer paper (with a laser printer) – be sure you make it roughly the dimensions or smaller than your piece of wooden. (Use my free printables that I used in my example by clicking here.** While you get to the printables, simply search for the recordsdata which have “mirrored” within the identify.)
  • Brush (foam or common, doesn’t actually matter)
  • Fabric (that you’ll dampen and use to rub off the paper)
  • A dose of persistence

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First you will want a chunk of wooden to switch your photograph onto. You need to use quite a lot of wooden surfaces: plain piece of wooden, a wooden slice, or a chunk that appears like a pallet (this method works on canvas too!). I discovered this 12×16 inch wooden pallet at Walmart. Sand it till it’s good and clean, then wipe off any mud.

You’re also going to need a laser print of y

You’re additionally going to want a laser print of your photograph. It must be printed on common printer paper (not photograph paper) and should be reversed. My native copy store can print shade laser prints on regular paper as much as 13×19 inches in measurement – verify along with your native copy store (Kinko’s, Workplace Max, and so forth) to see what measurement they will print at earlier than your buy or make your wooden piece. Be sure you crop your photograph to the dimensions of your wooden piece, after which ship it to the printer. Keep in mind your print should be printed:

  • on a laser printer or as a laser shade photocopy
  • on regular paper
  • as a reverse picture
  • the dimensions of your wooden piece (mine is 12×16)

The copy store ought to be capable of do all of that for you. Bear in mind this mission is not going to work with precise images or with an image printed on an inkjet printer.

Finally, you will also need Mod Podge. Some wood p

Lastly, additionally, you will want Mod Podge. Some wooden photograph switch strategies use gesso or one other sort of gel medium, however I simply use Mod Podge matte. It’s simple to search out in any craft retailer and most huge field shops.

NOTE: there’s a Mod Podge Picture Switch medium made particularly for photograph transfers, however I want NOT to make use of it. The photograph switch mod podge will switch the whites in your photograph, whereas utilizing regular mod podge turns the whites in your photograph clear, permitting the wooden grain to indicate by means of any white house.

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What Surfaces Can You Switch Photos Onto with Mod Podge?

I initially transferred a photograph of Dean and I onto canvas utilizing the Mod Podge Picture Switch Medium. However you may as well use this Mod Podge to switch photos to all kinds of different non-porous surfaces too! Try these simple house decor and different concepts:

  • glass – candle holders, photograph frames, vintage home windows
  • wooden – plaques, indicators, ornaments, furnishings, coasters
  • canvas – indicators, photographs, art work
  • material – shirts, sneakers, pencil instances, pillows, napkins, placemats, desk runners
  • clay – ornaments, jewellery, coasters
  • terra cotta – planters, pots

The sky is virtually the restrict to what you may make with virtually any floor, photocopied photos and Mod Podge Switch Mediums!

Paint the wooden block black

Be sure you do two coats and that the paint is totally dry earlier than transferring on to the subsequent step.

Simple Customized Canvas Utilizing Mod Podge Picture Switch Medium


1. Select your photograph and utilizing a photograph enhancing software program (I used Photoshop, however you need to use Canva or some other photograph enhancing program), resize it to suit your canvas. If desired change mode to grayscale for a black and white picture.

2. Print photograph on PLAIN paper. Picture paper will NOT work. For finest outcomes use a laser/dry toner copier/printer.

2. Trim photograph to suit canvas, leaving a few half inch house for border across the edge. As famous above, the Mod Podge Picture Switch Medium doesn’t dry clear, so be sure you trim proper to the sting of your picture otherwise you’ll have a strong white define.

4. On a protected surface (I used newspaper becaus

4. On a protected floor (I used newspaper as a result of I had it readily available), utilizing a sponge brush to unfold a thick layer of Switch Medium all around the FRONT SIDE of your photocopied, trimmed photograph. All you need to see is a pleasant even coat of WHITE.

5. Without touching the sticky surface, place your

5. With out touching the sticky floor, place your photograph paper sticky aspect down onto your canvas. Faucet gently within the heart after which clean outwards towards the sides on all sides, eradicating air bubbles as you go. LET DRY FOR 24 HOURS.

6. Softly press a fairly wet sponge onto the image

6. Softly press a reasonably moist sponge onto the picture on canvas till all the factor is damp to moist. Now squeeze out the sponge right into a cup.

7. Using a circular motion and the damp sponge, ru

7. Utilizing a round movement and the damp sponge, rub the paper off the canvas; you’ll see it type of rub off in small items  Proceed till all you see is your transferred picture. 

8. Gently brush off any additional paper bits and

8. Gently brush off any extra paper bits and items and let dry.

Note: that Mod Podge Photo Transfers give a vint

Be aware: that Mod Podge Picture Transfers give a classic type of vibe to your mission, which could be very good in farmhouse, rustic and nation decor type houses. 

9. Non-obligatory: Utilizing a foam brush and black craft paint, fastidiously paint simply the sides of the canvas. That approach you’ll be able to show it with or with out framing!

And voila an easy custom canvas in just a few simp

And voila a straightforward customized canvas in just some easy steps!

Learn how to Use Mod Podge

Mod podge isn’t like Elmer’s glue as a result of it’s extra substantial than most traditional and faculty glue. And you need to use the substance on virtually each floor like:

  • Paper
  • Wooden
  • Material
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Terra cotta
  • Tin
  • Sure plastics
  • Painted surfaces

Utilizing mod podge is fairly easy and simple. You can begin by:

  1. Getting ready your floor – sand wooden, wash glass, paint the outside. Then let it dry.
  2. Subsequent, you’ll be able to minimize your paper or material to suit completely on the floor.
  3. Apply the mod podge to the floor and again of your paper or material.
  4. Work rapidly as a result of it dries quick.
  5. Let dry 20 minutes earlier than decoupaging excessive.
  6. Apply 2 to three extra coats and let it dry for twenty-four hours earlier than use.


  1. Print your picture in response to the rules under. Trim to measurement.
  2. Paint a layer of Mod Podge in your clean wooden floor.
  3. Lay the picture, printed aspect down, flat on the floor.
  4. Easy flat the picture flat, and let dry.
  5. Utilizing a scrub rag and a bowl of water, soak the paper.
  6. Then gently start to clean away the paper.
  7. Because the paper begins to peel away, put aside the scrub rag. Use the friction of your fingers to take away the entire paper, leaving the picture behind.
  8. Let dry, and make it possible for no paper stays. If there are nonetheless white spots remaining, re-wet the floor and rub the paper away.
  9. Seal with a layer of Mod Podge. Let dry.

Reader Interactions

  1. Alejandra says

    Hello! Do you advert water to the modge earlier than you paint the wooden with it? As a result of it is extremely tick.


    • Autumn says

      Hi there! I don’t add water to it, nevertheless it’s not normally very thick. Might your Mod Podge be previous?


  2. David Higgins says

    Hello are you able to copy onto glass tumblers


  3. Bistra says

    Hello Autumn. I’ve been making phototransfers for over 6 years now and I’m but to discover a shade laser printer that prints bigger than 11×17 inches. I’ve tried all of them, FedEx, workplace max, staples, ups. The place precisely do you print and will you inform me what printer they use? Regards, Bistra


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