Mod Podge Photo Transfer: How To Transfer Your Images onto Wood!
What is Mod Podge? Short answer: one of the most fantastic crafting investments you will ever make! This fantastic little pot of paste has become an iconic craft supply, and not without good reason – there are so many projects you can create using Mod Podge, you are basically only limited by your imagination! Did you know that the power of Podge can transform string, twine, lace and more into impressive 3D projects like bowls and lampshades? Or that simple strips of paper can become shiny beads perfect for jewellery-making? Check out our Top 10 Incredible Things You Can Do With Mod Podge Right Here!
Or dive into our step-by-step Mod Podge photo transfer project below, and discover exactly how to use Mod Podge to transfer photos to wood, so you can create incredible home decor projects and bespoke gifts with ease!
With Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, you can turn those treasured photos into keepsakes! Use Mod Podge to transfer photos onto wood, fabric or canvas, to create an array of impressive projects; for this project I have upcycled a clipboard, using a recent holiday photo. With a little practise, you can use Mod Podge to create wonderful home décor pieces or gifts from your photos, with ease!
- Piece of wood – for this project I used a clipboard
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
- Foam Brush/Brush
- Damp Cloth/Sponge
- Image of your choice printed on photocopy paper, using a laser printer or toner photocopier
- Brayer (or your Create and Craft Club membership card works perfectly, too!)
- Silicone craft mat
- Matte Mod Podge to seal
- Scissors or craft knife
- Laser printer/Dry toner printer/Copier
Begin by choosing your photo and surface; for this project, I am using a clipboard. If your photo has text on it, you will need to reverse the image, to ensure the text is displayed correctly following the transfer! Laser print your image (in either black and white or colour) onto photo copy paper (I emailed a print shop my photo, and they printed it for me) or use a copy of your image from a dry ink/toner photocopier. My advice would be to try a couple of images first (you can always do this on the reverse of your item, or an off-cut!)
Once you have your chosen image, trim it to size, ready for use.
Next, lay your image face-up, preferably on a silicone mat, as it is easier to pick up. Cover the front of your image with a layer of Mod Podge Photo Transfer, using a sponge or brush to apply an even coat over the whole surface.
Carefully lift and lay your image face-down onto your chosen surface. Using a brayer or card, smooth out any bubbles, working from the middle out. Keep an old damp rag or sponge handy to wipe up any excess, which should be minimal.
Set the alarm! I recommend leaving 24 hours drying time for this! I have tried removing earlier in the past, but this is a project which requires patience.
After 24 hours, use a damp cloth or sponge to wet the whole surface of your image, until you start to see your image appearing through the page, then gently begin to rub away the paper. You may need to repeat this process, allowing it to dry in between for a few minutes. This is better than trying to rub too hard the first time, and risk rubbing parts of your image away. Remember to take extra care around any facial/main focal pieces.
To protect your image, cover it with two coats of Mod Podge Matt… then it’s time for the finishing touches! I finished off my clipboard project with twine to tie in with my beach theme.
- Practise on off-cuts first, or the reverse of your piece of wood/fabric/canvas.
- Be patient!
- It may take a couple of practise sessions to get used to the amount of transfer medium needed/pressure required… but practise makes perfect in the end!