Easiest Way to Transfer Photos onto Wood

  • March 26, 2017

Transfer photos with crisp details!

It is so fun to transfer photos on wood and it is an absolute craze right now, and it should be! I mean, how cool is it to have a wood transfer over a simple photo in a frame? But the truth is, everyone has a different way to transfer photos onto wood and some are easier than others. Instead of beating around the bush, why not do it the easiest and fastest way possible? Let me show you how!

Here’s what you’ll need to transfer photos on wood:

  1. Choose a photo. Any photo will work great because this transfer paper allows for exquisite detail in a transfer. My photo is of two of my cousins crazy adorable sons and their puppers! I just can’t get over how cute they are! Mirror or flip your photo and print it according to the instructions.
  2. Trace around your shape and leave a little extra overlap. You want the transfer paper to cover the entire wood surface so that there is a consistent finish after the transfer.
  3. Cut out your shape.
    Notice that the transfer is hanging over the edge of the wood slice slightly.
  4. Place your transfer on the wood slice how you want it positioned and iron on the highest possible heat setting. In order to keep the transfer from moving on you, lightly ironing the whole piece of transfer once will keep it in place. Transfer according to the instructions.
  5. Peel the backing paper from the transfer while it is still hot for best results. If the transfer is not even and looks speckled in some spots, lay the backing paper back down in the same spot and continue to iron until image is transferred completely.
  6. Enjoy the easiest wood transfer! Experiment with different wood surfaces or sealing the wood surface for a unique finish!
    Try with photos and graphics!

    Have questions about wood transfer? Email us at info@nufunactivities.com! We love to talk transfers!

  • Ley

    The wood transfer does not cover completely. I started to peel off the lined paper and noticed splotches of color still on the lined paper, laid it back down, more than twice, and continued to iron but the image did not transfer completely. I have more to do but I don’t dare for fear it will continue to happen. What do you recommend?

    • Morgan Held

      Great question! Sometimes it can depend on the wood surface you are transferring on. One of our product experts will be emailing you shortly so we can help you get the absolute best results for your situation!

  • Kim

    Hi there,
    Will this process work if the wood is painted with acrylic paint?

    • Morgan Held

      Hi there, We would not recommend using it on wood with an acrylic painted surface. A natural wood surface is the best way to go.

  • Amy

    Can this be used on painted wood? Obviously a light color, but just curious…

    • Morgan Held

      Yes, it can be used on painted wood as long as it is a light color.

  • Suzanne

    Can you put on stained wood?

    • Emily Fusco

      It is recommended that you do not as it may tamper with the transfer process. You may stain it afterwards if you would like!

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