This blog isn’t always going to be about knitting… I am also a fanatic for DIY projects, so I wanted to share my newest feat: I just made some wood block photo transfers. It was so easy and they turned out ever better than I expected. I saw the idea first on the Free People blog, which is mecca for DIY projects. In their demonstration, they used these cute round wood slabs with bark around the edges. I honestly have no idea where you would get such a thing, but luckily for me, my friend had already picked up some wood slabs for the occasion from the lumber yard. These work perfectly because you don’t have to mount it, they just stand on their own.
2 8 X 11 X 3″ wood slabs
Mod Podge glue
2 photos printed at home on regular printer paper (mirror imaged before hand)
…and that’s it!
1. The first step is to cover the wood block with the gel medium and press your image onto it face down and smooth out all the bubbles. We did this with a credit card, then let it sit over night.
2. Once it’s fully dried (at least 8 hours), you lay a damp cloth over the image for about 5 minutes.
3. With the damp cloth, begin to rub the back of the paper away and you’ll start to see the photo appearing. A word of advice: don’t scratch too hard or you’ll make holes! I think it’s a little bit inevitable, but it’s all part of the look at the end.
4. Once you’ve scratched all of the pulp away, let your photo dry and then cover it with a layer of Mod Podge. I ended up letting mine dry and then scraping quite a few times, because I always found more once it dried, so keep at it until you’re satisfied with the look! I also put glue around all of the sides, to give it a smoother look overall.
These turned out so well, I gave one away as a gift and kept the other one. I’d be interested to see if this would work on driftwood, that would make a pretty cool souvenir.
*Thanks Jocelyn for coming over with the supplies and getting knee deep in glue!