DIY wooden sign photo transfer


I think I've come across my favourite DIY project so far! I love the look of those rustic wooden signs with cute quotes on them, but I haven't come across one that says something I really love plus they always seem to be a little overpriced. So why not make my own?

You will need:
  • Paint
  • Wax paper cut to the size of printer paper
  • A printer
  • Wood ( I used pine ) 
  • & a sharpie marker

The wood I chose was random scrap pieces we had laying around and they were already the perfect sizes for what I wanted so I didn't have to cut them! I sanded them down then painted them with flat interior paint. I then immediately wet a cloth and gentley wiped the paint away in some areas so the knots in the wood could show through - giving it the rustic and natural appearance.

While they were drying, I used Microsoft Word to design my words. The most important part of this entire process is to flip your image or words so they face backwards. I then cut my wax paper to the size of my printer paper, and printed them out.

The wax paper will have a tricky time in any printer. Just try your best to guide it through the printer and be very careful to not let it smudge!

The key here is to push HARD. I used the edge of a credit card and pushed down as hard as I could. Wax paper is actually pretty strong and it held up. The transfer will be slightly faded and if you prefer this look then you can end your project here! However I decided to go over it all with a sharpie for more definition. 

And now I have the perfect piece for my display shelves or my fireplace mantel! I'm so happy with how easy this process is because I've seen this done in other/more complex ways. I'm definitely going to do this again with images and cute pictures for in my kitchen. Another option is to skip painting the wood all together and just leave it natural.

Tell me what you think! 

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  1. I have been told that printing on a sheet protector from a binder (that has been cut apart) works well. It and freezer paper might go through the printer easier. Have you tried it that way?

    1. I haven't tried it that way before but it sounds like it could work! Let me know if you give it a shot and how you make out!