Easy Photo Transfer on Wood Slices With Mod Podge

5 Materials
1 Hour
Easy Photo Transfer project with Plaid’s Photo Transfer Medium…
Super easy project on wood. This would make great ornaments or on a canvas.
I’ve used Mod Podge® several times over the years, but had never tried Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. I was surprised at how easy the process was and how well the project turned out.
For my project…

I used a color copy of my son in his favorite Woody pajamas and favorite Woody toy.

It’s hard to believe that this sweet faced boy is now graduating from High School.

I also used a wood slice from Walnut Hollow for my project.
The wood slice had been previously kiln dried, sanded and was ready to use.
Do not use actual photographs, you must use photo copies made from a dry toner type copier.

  1. Lay wood slice over picture and trace around wood slice. Cut around traced lines.
  2. Using a foam brush, brush over image with a medium application of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium*. The medium will be opaque.
  3. Carefully lift image off, making contact only slightly with the image edge. Flip the coated image over and position over the wood slice. Lightly press from the center out to release any air bubbles. Wipe away any excess medium that may have been squeezed out from the image. Allow to dry overnight.
  4. Wet a sponge with water, squeeze excess water from sponge then dampen the exposed backside of the image transfer. Immediately as the paper is wet, an image will appear. Allow the wet image to rest a couple moments to soften the paper.
5. Using your damp sponge or a fingertip, begin to lightly rub over the damp paper to peel away layers. Be careful not to be rough with the wet paper as it may be fragile. After removing several layers of paper, stop and allow transferred image to dry. Once dry, white areas will appear where paper remains. Repeat steps to moisten and lightly rub the surface to remove the remaining paper layers. Allow to dry.
6. If desired, brush a coat of Mod Podge Matte Finish*
or Mod Podge Gloss Finish over the project surface to seal and protect.
Suggested materials:
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Woodslice
  • Color copy
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  • Gwen Havlichek Gwen Havlichek on Aug 17, 2017
    Should I print my picture on glossy paper or plain white copy paper?

  • Lisa Norris Lisa Norris on Dec 09, 2017
    Can you use this technique on anything other than wood?

  • Maritza Camacho Maritza Camacho on Dec 13, 2018

    Can I use a picture that I printed out from Walmart

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