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The Easiest Image Transfer Method (to Wood) Using Your Fave Photos

This is not another wax paper image transfer to wood tutorial! This method is by far the easiest and most consistent that you’ll ever use, and will definitely become your new go to. Check it out for yourself!

This is not another wax paper image transfer to wood tutorial! This method is by far the easiest and most consistent that you'll ever use, and will definitely become your new go to. #irononimagetransfer #imagetransfer #phototransfer #diyimagetransfer

Many, many moons ago, in a faraway land there lived a woman who yearned for an easy image transfer method that wasn’t messy or tedious. It would require minimal and accessible supplies, and allow her to use her favorite photos of her family. This, my friends, is the same method that she used on that fateful yet blissful day.

Ohhh… my. I must be feeling dramatic today. Can you feel it in the air? The cool breeze of fall, the gorgeous changing of colors on the leaves as well as the slight excitement of my nearing birthday. I can feel it exuding off of me for some reason. Who knew that your mid-30’s would taste so good?

My husband would state that it’s just me being crazy, but I think it’s just the extra exercise and coffee (let’s be honest, shall we?). However, in my defense, this really is a super easy image transfer method. Seriously, see for yourself!

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The Easiest Image Transfer Method (to Wood) Using Your Fave Photos

Materials

Steps

1. Print out your favorite photo on a fabric transfer sheet.

Find your favorite photo or image that you would like to use and flip it horizontally (or mirror the image) before you print it out.

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Print your image onto your t-shirt transfer sheet. Don’t forget to read the directions so you know which way to insert it into your printer!

TIP: use the best or highest quality to print out your image. 

image transfer technique

2. After your image has printed out go ahead and carefully flip your image onto your board.

3. Iron on your image (on the cotton setting) for a few minutes. Then, gently lift up your design and allow it to dry.

image transfer wood sign

4. At this point you can distress the image with a sander if you like, or leave it as is. Sometimes with this method your image will come out a little distressed anyways so it might not need any sanding/distressing.

5. Last, add a light layer of your topcoat spray paint for protection and let it dry.

6. Then, if you’d like, frame it up, add twine, or even wire. Your choice!

inkjet photo transfer to wood

See…. super easy, right?! I knew you’d like this image transfer technique 🙂

Plus, don’t forget, if you loved this project then I’m going to HIGHLY recommend checking out my new eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Signs. It’s full of countless sign techniques, templates, and videos (depending on the package you pick), and I just know you’re going to L-O-V-E it!!

If you loved this project then you’ll definitely want to browse some of my other Wood Signs that are full of step-by-step tutorials as well as freebies galore!

Can’t wait to see you again, and Happy Crafting! – LZ

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This post was originally created in October 2018 and then updated in October 2019.

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