This is a perfect project to make into a gift for a close friend or family member. You could transfer a group picture onto the wood and give it to them as a chic alternative to a framed photo. This DIY tutorial comes from the wonderful people at eHow.
For this project, you will need:
-- Wood (you can find cool wood pieces at a craft or hobby store)
-- Inkjet printer
-- Shipping labels
-- Matte finish sealer spray
-- Matte gel medium
-- Clear drying glue
-- 2 foam brushes
-- Credit card or gift card (to act as a squeegee)
You can find all of these items at a craft or office store.
Prepare the transfer paper
Peel off and discard the labels. You will be using the backing to transfer the photo to the wood. Tape any perforated seams. Spray the backing with a thin layer of clear sealer in a ventilated area or outside. Let the clear sealant dry completely. Then, apply a thin layer of glue onto the backing and let that completely dry.
Print off the image
Print off the image on the backing on the side with the dried glue. If the image has text, make sure to print it backwards so that the text will be the right way when it is transferred to the wood.
Prepare the wood
Make sure the wood is completely clean before continuing. Apply a layer of matte gel to the wood using a foam brush. Make sure the entire surface of the wood is covered.
Transfer the picture
While the gel is still wet, place the image face down on the wood — make sure it is centered. Use a credit card or gift card to help apply the image to the wood — start at the middle and then work your way out. Let it dry for about an hour and a half. Then, peel back the image and apply a coat of clear sealant spray over the image.
Set up in your living area or give as a personalized gift and enjoy!
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