Nowadays we all carry photos anywhere and everywhere, digitally, whether it be on our smartphone, tablet, laptop, or somewhere in the imaginary world of The Cloud. But there's still something charming about physical photos, spotlighting the very best of your memories with a tactile, real world presence. This DIY project offers a wonderful way to spotlight the very best of those photographic memories, converting them from the realm of the digital to the real world to admire and appreciate each and every day.
Photojojo shared their own spin on the photo transfer project, inspired by Esther of Wholly Kao's DIY post, the photo-to-wood transfer (above), a holiday gift idea with a year-around appeal.
What You'll Need:
Digital file or scan of your favorite photo
Light-colored wood piece or panel
Photo-editing program like iPhoto or Adobe Photoshop Elements
Laser printer (an inkjet option is described here)
Bone folder (edge of a gift card works)
Matte gel medium (found in the acrylic paints section of the art store)
Mod Podge with your choice of finish (we went with matte)
2 different brushes (can be bristles or foam)
Scrap paper & towels to protect your work surface
The interesting detail is you'll be transferring a flipped image, face down, as a transfer (similar to those fun iron-on transfers from our childhood). Let your transfer sit overnight and the next morning you'll rub off the excess paper fibers to reveal a colorful transfer of your image right on the wood, sealing it up with some Mod Podge.
Remember, there's a wide assortment of shapes and sizes available at craft and art shops, and one could easily collage cut out photos all onto one wood surface instead of being limited to just one image at a time!
Check out the complete DIY instructions over at Photojojo's DIY: Make Easy Photo Transfers on Wood
Images: Photojojo and Wholly Kao