How To Create a Wooden Photo #TigerStrypesBlog 38

woodenHow To Create a Wooden Photo


I love finding new ways to decorate, and especially with ideas that have  a more natural look.  I saw something like this on YouTube, and thought it would be fun to try.  I used my regular HP Printer (which is ink), and found out that it is actually better to use a laser printer for this project.  It seems to be able to have the photo transfer a little better, and be a bit more detailed on the finished project.  I kind of liked my distressed look though, but just wanted to put that out there for those that want more detail.

I figured that this could be a great thing for my husband’s sound room in his garage.  Being able to have a picture of our son, enjoying himself on the quad, is always fun to see.  This would also be great to do with a family photo, and give it to grandparents for a gift, etc.  Any way you “transfer it”, it will turn out to be something that someone will love, I’m sure!

I hope you like it!! Have a blessed day, and please be sure to comment on, and share this #TBCCrafters craft on your social media channels – thanks!!



How To Create a Wooden Photo

Materials/Tools Used:

  • Laser-Printed Black & White Photo
  • Printer Paper
  • Piece of Wood
  • Gel Medium
  • Mod Podge
  • Water/Rag
  • & Time!


I started by printing out a black & white photo for the project.  I later found out that using a laser print works better, and you don’t lose as much of the ink (idea kept for the future 🙂 ).


Then, I applied the gloss gel medium to the piece of wood that I was going to use.  Be sure to cut the wood to match the size of the photo that you are printing, unless you want a border around the edge – then just cut appropriately.


Now, I turned the ink side of the photo toward the wood, and secured it on the top of the wood, being sure to remove any bubbles, and flattening the whole thing out evenly.


Then, I left it to sit overnight, and fully dry.


Once the piece was dry, I used a wet towel to fully moisten the paper.  This allows for the paper itself to be removed from the wood.  Using the inkjet, as I did, if you rub too hard, the ink does come off, so be careful.  As I’ve heard, using a laser printer, makes the photo stay even better, and helps it to have a much glossier appearance.


Next, I covered the photo with some Mod Podge, to finish it up.  I’m using the gloss style, but you are welcome to use flat, or whatever you wish.  This will help to seal the ink and bring a finished “look” to your piece.


Now, you can just display it wherever you wish.  I can’t wait to try this again with the laser print, and see how much better it can turn out!



Hope you like it!  Please take a minute to leave me a comment and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc.  Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!

“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” -Proverbs 26:20
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Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother)

I’m *finally* getting to create a gallery wall in our home, and I’d love to give this a try!


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9 years ago

I’ve done these with good luck just using moistened wood and rubbing the back of the print with the edge of a credit card after it’s in place, but getting a dark image to transfer (and not be TOO dark) has been a challenge. I never even considered gel medium. What a great idea! I know just the picture I want to try 🙂

Thanks for linking up to the Momma Told Me link party, we really enjoy your work!


9 years ago

What a cool idea, especially for vintage looking photos!

9 years ago

That’s a great idea for a gift! I really love that idea since it’s simple too

Bernadette Callahan (@AimlessMoments)

I have been wanting to do this but just putting it off. I might try to do some for Fathers Day.

Ellen ThatChicMom
9 years ago

That is so cool! I really need to do one of these for my husband to put in his office!

9 years ago

I love this idea and it’s a great way to display photos that are unique! I’ll be making a few of these with some of my favorite photos for our new home!

9 years ago

Very cool! I have some photos that I’d like to do this with. Plus, they would make great gifts. I had no idea the process would be so simple and quick to create.

9 years ago

I love the way your wooden photo turned out. I have a family photo from camping that would be perfect for this project.

Yoly @ SavvyMujer
9 years ago

I’m not crafty at all and feel like even I can do this! Great craft tutorial.

9 years ago

Wow, this looks great, I love that it’s on wood. So cool, what a great way to display a photo!

Liz Mays
9 years ago

Wow that looks so cool. I’d love to try making some photos into wooden pieces like this!

Nancy Bobbert
9 years ago

I love this idea. I’d like to do few different pictures like this. Thanks for the idea.

9 years ago

Thats so cool! I’d love to try this out

9 years ago

This is so cool!! I’ll have to give this a try! #MommaToldMe

Grace Hodgin
9 years ago

I really love this and do not think it could be more perfect. The idea is so versatile and I am going to be redecorating my kitchen and you have give me some great idea to add some cute memories and design to my kitchen. I know your husband will love this. I’m pinning and sharing because this is such a great project.

9 years ago

This is too cool!!! Looks like a easy craft to do. This would make really cute gifts. Maybe I should start early on Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing this craft. 🙂

Jennifer @ Mom Spotted

I did this with canvas but LOVE how it turned out with wood! I want to try something like for my sons room now! Thanks!

Kelsey Apley
9 years ago

I love this idea of a picture on wood! I need to get the stuff to do this. I have some pictures that would look fabulous!

Tara Pittman
9 years ago

This is very cool. My husband would like this, a great idea for a present