I kicked off the holiday season yesterday with the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Reveal. I have always been the type to wait until Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but the past few years I’ve had to start earlier and you know what? I really enjoy having all the rooms so cozy and sparkly for more than just a few weeks!
Anyway, the tree I put up yesterday is in our playroom and I wanted to add a few personalized touches to it for the kids. With the rustic woodland theme, I made a set of Wood Slice Ornaments and put their pictures onto them. Today, I am going to chat about Transferring Images Onto Wood and how easy it is!
In the spring I started experimenting with transferring images onto wood and I sorta fell in love with it. I love the rustic, antique look it brings to the piece and the possibilities really are endless.
Transferring Images Onto Wood
- Gel Medium
- Satin Mod Podge
- Pictures printed on laser paper (reversed)
- Wash cloth
- Wood Slices
The first thing you want to do is reverse all the images you want to use and then print them out on a laser printer. I used PicMonkey to reverse all my images and then had them sent to Staples to be printed.
I cut my pictures out in rugged circles to sorta match the lines of the tree slices. I didn’t want them to be really uniform. Keep in mind that when transferring images onto wood, even the white from the paper will transfer.
You will want to apply one layer of gel medium directly onto the picture. Make sure it is evenly spread on the full image. Then, place it face down onto the wood and press firmly so there are no air bubbles. If you see an air bubble, the image won’t transfer in that spot.
Let the images sit for at least 8-10 hours while they dry.
No it’s time to reveal the image! Using a wet wash cloth, rub the paper until it all peels off. This can take a little bit of time. Once the image dries, you may find that you need to rub off a little more residue from the paper.
*Note, it is possible to rub too hard and your image will start to rub off. So just be careful and watch the image as you remove the paper.
At this point you can seal the images using Satin Mod Podge .
You can keep them as coasters, or take a few more steps to turn them into ornaments.
I drilled a little hole at the top of mine and then added a leather string.
How fun are they?! I love having personalized ornaments on the tree.