With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, two busy holidays back to back, it’s nice to have decor that is easy and budget friendly. This Transfer Image to Wood project transfers a Thanksgiving printable to one side of a piece of plywood and a Christmas printable to the other. Super easy to make and change your decor with one flip of the wood.
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project I recommend safety goggles, ear protection, and optional N95 mask to prevent breathing wood particles during sawing and sanding.
TOOLS FOR TRANSFER IMAGE TO WOOD
SUPPLIES FOR TRANSFER IMAGE TO WOOD
- Plywood 1/4 inch birch plywood
- Paint – I used a white and black chalk paint
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Polycrylic sealer – I used this one
CUTS FOR TRANSFER IMAGE TO WOOD
- 1/4 inch Plywood – 13 x 10.5 inches
*I cut the plywood using a table saw. I made the plywood cuts large enough to create a 1 inch frame around a standard letter size paper.
STEPS TO TRANSFER IMAGE TO WOOD
Step 1) Once the plywood was cut I sanded the entire piece on both sides. I applied a couple coats of black chalk paint about a one to two inch frame around the board. I did this so when I sanded it later it would show through under the white paint. Then I covered the entire board with a couple coats of white chalk paint.
Make sure to print the printables in reverse image. Then I applied Mod Podge to the image side of the printable and placed it face down on one side of the plywood board. I repeated this process for the other printable on the other side of the board. I allowed this to dry for 24 hours. Mod Podge like magic will transfer the image.
Step 3) I got a bowl of water and dipped my fingers in the water and wet the printable just enough to peel back a layer or so of the paper to reveal the image. I did this over the entire printable. You can also use a paper towel to peel away the paper just be careful you don’t rub the image off. I repeated this about 3 times on both sides allowing it to dry between peeling layers.Step 4) I sanded the edges and tried to remove more paper by sanding. Once I was satisfied with my sanding I applied two coats of a polycrylic sealer.