Photo to wood transfer

This crafting technique is awesome! I came across it on the internet and knew that I just had to try it out for myself.

It looks and seems to be quite difficult but it is actually quite simple. The instructions are easy to follow but the result is dazzling.



You will need:

  • A piece of wood (size according to your photograph)
  • Chosen photograph
  • Foam crafting brush
  • Liquitex Professional Matte Gel Medium
  • Mod Podge Matte Finish
  • Damp cloth


  • Find the photo that you want to transfer onto wood. The photographs I chose were quite light and very bright and the picture didn’t show up very well. The photo needs to be on paper, either print it out from the computer or photocopy it
  • I used a piece of mdf which I bought from hobbycraft. Paint the Liquitex over the area that you are placing the photo onto, cover it with a few layers and keep it smooth.


  • Carefully place the photograph, print down, onto the Liquitex. Smooth it down with the palm of your hands


  • Leave aside over night to dry
  • Next is the fun part
  • Using a damp cloth gently rub away the paper
  • Leave to dry and rub away any remnants of paper again, keep doing until the photograph print is clear to see
  • Once dry apply the Mod Podge over the photo


  • Trim up any of the wood, if not sized up already!

Now your Wooden photo is ready to be on show for all to see. I made ours for my Mum for Mothering Sunday, I would have been happier if the images were more clearer but I still think it was very effective.

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Tips: Use darker images, Use a photocopied image, cut your wood to the size of the photo and only apply the mod podge once all paper has been removed