How to Transfer Photo to Wood

Last Updated on March 3, 2022

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Displaying family photos in frames can get boring.

If you are like me, you LOVE to display family photos, but a house can only hold so many framed photos before you need to come up with a new and different way to showcase your favorites.  After all, you do not want those fabulous photos just sitting on your computer's hard drive.  You want to enjoy seeing them every day!

This easy tutorial will teach you how to transfer a photo to wood so that you can create this a stunning wood slice photograph display.  It is the perfect way to display some of your most treasured photos.  It is easy and inexpensive to create and will make a fabulous impact in your home.  Plus, this would make a fabulous gift for friends and family, especially newlyweds and new parents.

Now, I will tell you that I tried THREE different methods before this one and trust me, this is the only one that works well!  I tried wax paper, parchment paper AND t-shirt transfers.  The wax paper and parchment paper work, but the images were way too faint once on the wood.  The t-shirt transfer was just an EPIC fail.  For some strange reason, using the paper that address labels come on works perfectly.  All the other supplies are easy to find at any craft store.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Materials Needed to Transfer Photo to Wood

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

Step 1:

Peel all the labels from the backing paper.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 2:

Using an ink jet printer, print your selected digital photo on the side of the paper from which you removed the labels.  If there is any text in your photo, be sure to reverse the image BEFORE printing it.  Then, remove the page from your printer, being very careful not to touch the wet ink. The printed photo will look very faded and faint–don't worry!

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 3:

Carefully place your printed photo, ink side down, on your wood slice.  Then, without moving it at all, firmly rub the entire surface of the page.  I used a plastic vinyl tool that I have, but a credit card would work equally well.  Once the entire surface has been covered, remove the paper.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 4:

Your beautiful photo will now be on your wood slice.  Isn't it exciting?!  Now, you could skip to step 7 at this point.  However, if you want to add some text to your wood slice, follow the next steps.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 5:

If desired, add details about your photo to the wood slice.  I added “SSI” {for St. Simon's Island, where our photo was taken} and the year it was taken to mine, but you could add anything–even a favorite quote.  To do it, print out the text you want to add, using a word processing program, and cut it to size.  Once you are sure you are happy with the size and placement of your text, cut your carbon/tracing paper to the corresponding size.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 6:

Trace the text onto your wood slice.  Then, fill in the lettering with a black permanent marker.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 7:

Spray your wood slice with a clear satin top coat for protection.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 8:

Attach picturing hanging hardware or Command strips.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Step 9:

Hang up your gorgeous wood slice photo and admire it!

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS GENIUS! Such a wonderful way to display your favorite photos. Learn to transfer a photo to wood with this simple tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

That's it!  I told you it was easy.  Now all you have to do it pick out your favorite photos and gather your supplies.  You will love this simple project.

If you loved this post, be sure to check out how I made all of those photo canvases that you see surrounding the wood slice photo!  My tutorial includes the secret for creating REAL canvas texture–it's so easy!

MUST PIN! Best DIY Photo Canvas tutorial out there! Learn the secret to creating REAL canvas texture with this full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

 

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14 Comments

  1. Have seen the tutorials where you must have a color laserjet photo and use modgepodge. Does the ink have to still be wet when you transfer it to the wood?

  2. This method looks super easy!! I also love your “A” made from what looks like pallet wood. Did you make it?

  3. I did not know that you could do this this way! It looks much easier than some methods I’ve seen. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I love this idea. If seen tutorials before but using a label backing is just genius! And what a great family you have!