Christmas DIY – Laser Photo Copy Transfered to Wood – This is one of the easiest and most rewarding projects ever. It certainly isn’t a project exclusive to Christmas either. You’ll only need a few basics… Here’s the list: 1. Your Laser Photo Copy (Be sure to print it reversed, as it will be transfered reversed thus returning it back to normal). 2. Sponge Brush or Paint Brush 3. Liquitex Matte Gel Medium 4. A Piece of Wood Cut to the size you desire 4. A Cup or Bowl of water 5. A Washcloth or Washrag – Now, check out the demonstration photos along with the instructional captions. Have fun making these for your own home and as gifts for others! They are fabulous!

Laser Photo Copy (cannot be Ink Jet, sorry), Sponge Brush, Matte Gel Medium, Piece of Wood - Ready... Set... Go!

Laser Photo Copy (cannot be Ink Jet, sorry), Sponge Brush, Matte Gel Medium, Piece of Wood – Ready… Set… Go!

In case you're wondering... This is what Gel Medium looks like.  You can find it at Art Store usually.  I'm sure you can get it online too.  It's a little bit pricy (if you're comparing it to Modge Podge, but it's a whole different ball game), a little goes a long way.

In case you’re wondering… This is what Gel Medium looks like. You can find it at any Art Store (usually). I’m sure you can get it online too. It’s a little bit pricy (if you’re comparing it to Modge Podge, but it’s a whole different ball game), a little goes a long way.

My Laser Photo Copy... Measuring it up to the wood.

My Laser Photo Copy… Measuring it up to the wood.

We can see it fits!  YAY!

We can see it fits! YAY!

Now, I'm just measuring exactly where I want it to go, the direction of the grain I want it to go with, and practicing for once the Gel Medium is applied.

Now, I’m just measuring exactly where I want it to go, the direction of the grain I want it to go with, and practicing for once the Gel Medium is applied.

Now, begin applying the Gel Medium.

Now, begin applying the Gel Medium.

It doesn't have to be thick... Just spread a nice even and smooth layer across the wood.

It doesn’t have to be thick… Just spread a nice even and smooth layer across the wood.

Looks like we have it covered.  Now it's time to put the Laser Copy down!  FUN!!!!

Looks like we have it covered. Now it’s time to put the Laser Copy down! FUN!!!!

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Make SURE you get the paper lined up and set it down directly WITHOUT dragging it. The photo will be ruined if you drag it after it’s made contact with the Gel Medium. So, practice like we did earlier, and make sure to have it lined up and set down squarely on the wood. Whatever you do, DO NOT drag it. It’s better to trim the wood afterward than to have the entire picture ruined. =)

Smooth it out very gently.

Smooth it out very gently.

Make sure all the air bubbles are out and it's nice and smooth.

Make sure all the air bubbles are out and it’s nice and smooth.

Now, walk away and let it dry for 24 hours.

Now, walk away and let it dry for 24 hours.

24 hours later... Return with a bowl of water and a wash rag.

24 hours later… Return with a bowl of water and a wash rag.

Dampen the rag and lightly begin to wipe away the paper to reveal the photo transfered to the wood below.

Dampen the rag and lightly begin to wipe away the paper to reveal the photo transfered to the wood below.

See the pinecones peaking through?

See the pinecones peaking through?

My honey took over for me.  I was having a tough time doing the project and photographing it at the same time.  Thanks, Grebe!

My honey took over for me. I was having a tough time doing the project and photographing it at the same time. Thanks, Grebe!

You do not want to hurry the process.  It goes fast enough, but if you press too hard, you'll damage the actual photo transfer.

You do not want to hurry the process. It goes fast enough, but if you press too hard, you’ll damage the actual photo transfer.

You will continue to work your way down the piece of wood.

You will continue to work your way down the piece of wood.

With a closer view you can see that there is still residual paper left on the areas that have already been worked... That's okay.  Just keep working to get the thicker paper off.  We'll come back to the residual stuff later.

With a closer view you can see that there is still residual paper left on the areas that have already been worked… That’s okay. Just keep working to get the thicker paper off. We’ll come back to the residual stuff later.

Getting so close!!!

Getting so close!!!

And that's pretty much a wrap with the towel part.

And that’s pretty much a wrap with the towel part.

This is what it'll look like after you've finished with the towel.  Now, the wood and your hand will be damp.  Just take your hand and lightly rub the surface.  The wood will clean up quickly.  Do not press to hard, the picture can actually come off.  If it gets too dry and there is still a film, just dampen your fingers and work the film off.  Then you're done!

This is what it’ll look like after you’ve finished with the towel. Now, the wood surface will be damp. Just take your hand and lightly rub the surface of the wood, and you will feel the thin paper film start to come off. The wood will clean up quickly. Do not press too hard, as it can actually lift the actual photo itself. If the wood surface gets too dry and there is still a film, just dampen your fingers and work the film off. Then you’re done!

Completed project along with some others I did last year.

Completed project along with some others I did last year.

A close up.

A close up.

Oh, couldn't help but take this one with my Grebe in the background!  I just love him!  Merry Christmas to you all!!!  I wish I could make something for every one of you!!!

Oh, couldn’t help but take this one with my Grebe in the background! I just love him! Merry Christmas to you all!!! I wish I could make something for every one of you!!!

I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases!!!

Much Love,

Amie Joy (reyjoy)

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33 thoughts on “Christmas DIY – Laser Photo Copy Transfered to Wood – This is one of the easiest and most rewarding projects ever. It certainly isn’t a project exclusive to Christmas either. You’ll only need a few basics… Here’s the list: 1. Your Laser Photo Copy (Be sure to print it reversed, as it will be transfered reversed thus returning it back to normal). 2. Sponge Brush or Paint Brush 3. Liquitex Matte Gel Medium 4. A Piece of Wood Cut to the size you desire 4. A Cup or Bowl of water 5. A Washcloth or Washrag – Now, check out the demonstration photos along with the instructional captions. Have fun making these for your own home and as gifts for others! They are fabulous!

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  2. hello there!

    I tired doing this project, but it just looks like i stuck a laser printed photo on the wood. The ink did not sink in. What could I try differently? I left it for 24 hours. Maybe the gel too thick? Would love some feed back. thank you!
    k

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    • Hello Kasher,
      That’s a good question. I imagine the variation has to do with the thickness of the gel medium and the type of wood used. Another thought, when removing the paper, I will sometimes rub a little more off in some areas than others – to give it a more of a translucent look. If you do another one, let me know how it goes. I used red oak on this particular project, but I’ve also used white pine. I’d love to see your project when completed (and the type of wood you used). I wish I had more info for you. Thanks so much for your comment and reading the blog!
      Cheers!
      Reyajoy

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  3. Hello, I was wondering if you got all the film off or will there still be some? i have just done this project and there’s still an obnoxious layer yet if I rub anymore, I will damage the image (some of the wood is peeking through already so I don’t want to take off anymore).

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    • Karie, I’ve made several of them, and I did have one that turned out with a bit of a film. I sprayed it with a mat clear coat, and it did take it down a bit. What type of wood did you use? I’m trying to gather as much information as I can to help others. I still don’t know why one of mine (out of many) turned out that way. It also happened a year after making this tutorial. I typically use my hand in leu of the cloth towards the end. This typically lifts the last little bit of white film off without removing the photo. However, I do like it (personal taste) when some of the photo is removed. I think a little lifted gives it an authentic look, so all of mine have some of the photo lifted slightly. Would love to see a photo of your project!

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      • Honestly I’m not sure what type of wood it was. It’s a pale wood (box) I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Now, I did stain the box before hand, though I don’t think that would affect it very much. I cleaned the film one last time and while it was still wet (and not very visible) I put another gel coat down and that covered it up nicely but you can still see some film. I have another box to make so I’m going to try again on a scrap piece of wood I bought that is the same type before I stain. I think the parts that got lifted did look nice- fortunately they weren’t in huge chunks! I’d love to share a pic with you but could you tell me how? Ha, sorry, I’ve never actually commented on a blog =)

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      • I’m so glad that it’s working out! That’s awesome! Okay, I’m kind of a blog novice (if I can even call myself that). I don’t know how you can post the photo. Hahahaa! I just thought that there would be a place on the “reply” where you could attach a photo. Bummer. Did you find me on Pinterest? Maybe you can pin it on Pinterest and connect with me there so I can see it. LOL! I’m actually really glad that you commented. Do you know how many people come by the blog every day and never say a thing? I always wonder if folks actually do the crafts. This is so awesome for me! Thank you! 🙂

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  4. I accidentally posted before I finished, ha. I didn’t find you directly but I did find your blog through somebody’s repin.

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  5. Can this technique be done with color photos as long as they were printed on a laser printer? Where is a good place to get photos printed like this? Love your tutorial!
    D

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    • Hi Diane,
      Yes! I have done color myself too. You can see in the tutorial towards the end there are a few completed pieced done… They are all grouped together on a sideboard. A few were done in color as well. I think the key to being happy with the results is being comfortable with subtle imperfections. To me that’s part of the art. I am so glad you enjoyed the tutorial. We have been talking about making more. This last year or two has been void of any blogging, but I have been considering doing more. Thanks so much for touching base! Can’t wait to hear how our project turns out! Take good care, Diane!

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  6. Hello!

    So I have a quick question. I am attempting to make a “clock” with this.
    I am wondering if I can lay down number stickers (1-12 for the time) along the edge and then lay the picture over the stickers. So I would lay down stickers-> gel medium-> picture-> let dry for 24 hours. After, remove the picture and then possibly the number stickers? Depending on how it would look, do you think the picture would still adhere around the stickers?

    Thanks!

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    • Hi Morgan,
      I have never tried that before! What a great idea! Okay, I think it would work. If I understood you correctly, you are going to use the adhesive numbers like stencils? If you have time, give it a sample run on a small piece of wood with one sticker and check your outcome. If not, I would say give the whole thing a go. I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work. YAY for you! Great idea! Merry Christmas!

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    • Hi Wendy. So sorry for the late reply. I would suggest checking stock photos online. I no longer have the photo I used, as I lost the hard drive holding the photo a couple years ago. I hope you find something you like! Take care!

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  7. Greetings and Happy New Year! I was wondering are you willing to share the jpg of the beautiful picture of the pinecones? It would look wonderful in my Northwoods themed living room ; ) I’ve tried this technique before on a terra cotta pot and am looking forward to using a wood board. Thanks for your talent and the inspiration!

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    • Hi Wendabee! Sorry for the late reply. I actually lost a hard drive a couple years ago, and lost several photos. I apologize. I hope you are able to find something you like as well or more! Thank you for your kind words. Happy New Year.

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  8. I love what you’ve done here. I’m curious to know what type if paper you are using before I attempt this. Thanks in advance!

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  9. Hello Wendabee; First, thank you for your post on Laser transfer. It’s just what I have been looking for. My questions is, can we put some kind of finish on the wood to ensure a better transfer, and a finish after to preserve it? I plan to practice before I get to the actual work.

    Terry

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  10. I am definitely looking forward to giving this a try and already have several pictures in mind! Would Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or A. C. Moore carry the Gel Medium you recommend, or do I need to go to a specific art supply store? Also, just out of curiosity, are there major differences between Mod Podge and the Gel Medium that lead you to recommend the Gel Medium over Mod Podge? Thanks for your tutorial!

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    • Hi Paula,
      Sorry for the delay in response. Yes, you should be able to find the Gel Medium at those locations or online. There is a difference between Mod Podge and Gel Medium. They both work as adhesives, but Gel Medium is capable of ink transfer. Happy crafting! Thanks for the comment!

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      • Thanks for your reply. I was able to get the materials I needed at Hobby Lobby, and guess what? Mod Podge now makes a photo transfer medium, so I decided to give it a try. It took a couple of “practice runs” before I really got the hang of how much medium to use on the wood and how carefully I needed to be when peeling off the shipping paper, but I am extremely happy with my final results! This is definitely a technique I will use again! Thanks a bunch!

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      • That’s fabulous, Paula! I’ll have to check out the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium too! So glad to hear your project turned out great! All goodness! Love it!

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  11. I am going to print black and white family photos, but If I wanted to stain the wood a dark colour should I do the pic first then stain after?

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    • Hi Amanda! I’m so sorry I’m just now responding to you. I’ve been away from my blog for months. I wouldn’t recommend staining the wood. If the photo you’re transferring is a B&W, any area that is white in the photo will show as the color of the wood once transferred. If the wood is too dark, it may be difficult to discern the actual photo transfer. Secondly, I’m not sure how a stain on the wood will react with the medium transfer. It may not interact with it at all, but I can’t say for sure. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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  12. Hi Reya – what a wonderful tutorial this is – thanks SO much! One question though. In the picture you are about to transfer onto the wood, the pine cones appear to have white points, as if they have snow on them. Yet, after removing the paper layers at the back, they appear to have the color of the wood background. What happened to the lighter points shown on the picture, please?

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    • Hi Isobel, thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you like the tutorial. Reference the photo transfer, there is no snow on the pine cones. I edited the photo prior to printing, with the hope that it would have give the final product a natural look with the wood showing through. Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!

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