How to Mod Podge a Photo Onto Wood

A couple weeks ago, I got a coupon for a free 11" x 14" poster. I've always loved this picture, so I decided to redeem the coupon for this photo.
I had planned on getting a frame for the picture, but then I decided that I would use some of the scrap wood that I have in my basement. I mod podged the poster onto a piece of plywood and I'm really happy how it turned out.

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Here are the steps I took, so you can make one of your own.

Needed materials:


Piece of wood

Stain or Paint

Mod Podge (or make your own with craft glue and water)

Foam Brush

Sandpaper (optional)

Step 1: Cut the wood down to size. I decided to have a 1 1/2" border around my picture.
Step 2: Stain or paint your wood. I used some Minwax Dark Walnut stain that I had leftover. Since I wanted a 1 1/2" border, I did not bother staining the middle. If you want a more rustic look, you may want to use sand paper to roughen up the edges at this step.
Step 3: Using a foam brush, spread the Mod Podge on the back of the picture.
Step 4: Place the picture on the board.
Step 5: Seal the edges of the photo with the Mod Podge.
Step 6: Brush a thin layer of the Mod Podge across the entire board and picture. Keep your brush strokes in one direction. Don't worry, it is supposed to look like this.
Step 7: Let the Mod Podge dry and then apply more layers.

Step 8: If the Mod Podge is more textured than you like, you can wet sand it with a very fine grit paper.

Step 9: Attach any picture hanging hardware. I have not decided where I am going to put my picture, so I'm not going to put any picture hangers on it right now. But, you could put it on a shelf, lean it against the wall, put eye hooks into the top and hang it with a ribbon or string, or attach sawtooth hangers to the back.

Step 10: Display your picture.
Jaime LaPlant
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