All across Pinterest I’d been seeing the photo transfer onto wood thing and thought it was great! I figured it’d be a bit of a task so I put it off until Christmas when it was gift giving time. I can’t say it’s the easiest project, but I did really like how it turned out.

I decided to make two and even got back up pictures printed in case I royally screwed it up. Thankfully I didn’t need the backup pictures and they turned out great!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A piece of wood
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer
  • Sponge brush
  • A wash cloth or craft sponge
  • A photo copy of your picture (NOT an original)
  • Scissors
  • Sand paper
  • Hi-Gloss spray


  1. If wanting your wood colored, spray paint it and let dry overnight. (I spray painted the edges and left the front un-painted.)
  2. Cut your photo to fit on your wood.
  3. Apply a thick amount of Mod Podge Photo Transfer to the wood with a sponge brush. Note: If your piece of wood is larger than the picture itself, you may want to brush the photo transfer directly to the image instead of the wood to eliminate excess on the wood.
  4. Apply the image to the wood and press out all of the air bubbles.
  5. Let dry overnight/24 hours.
  6. Dampen a wash cloth or craft sponge and slowly rub away the paper using small circles. Note: Do NOT rub too hard as you may mess up the image. This is a long, slow process.
  7. Soon your image will be revealed! Make sure you’ve removed all of the excess paper.
  8. Sand the edges and wherever you see fit to give it a rustic look.
  9. When you’re content with how it looks, apply a glossy spray to give it some luster. Voila!

Then you’ll have a beautiful picture transferred onto wood!

Mod Podge Photo Transfer

Here’s a video that I found to be very useful for learning how to do it. I later found another tutorial that mentioned applying the Mod Podge directly to the wood, which I think may have been easier. If you give it a try, let me know how it turned out!