Now that Christmas has passed, I’m so excited to share with you how to transfer a photo onto a slice of wood. It ended up being one of the easiest and quickest gifts I whipped up too! You can’t go wrong gifting a photo, especially when it’s as unique as this.
I used Silhouette temporary tattoo paper to transfer the image to the slice of wood, but you won’t even need a Silhouette to make this. You probably already have an inkjet printer, washcloth, and scissors laying around. Just pick up a wood slice (under 11″ at its widest point) and Silhouette temporary tattoo paper and you’ll be ready to start.
Print your picture following the directions on the package of temporary tattoo paper. Make sure you flip your photo so it will transfer correctly onto the wood. I recommend using the settings your printer has for photos. Follow the directions on the tattoo paper just like you were going to create a temporary tattoo.
Cut around the photo leaving plenty of room for the wood slice to fit.
Remove the shiny, clear sheet from the tattoo paper. Very carefully, place the wood slice down over the photo. Center it carefully because you won’t be able to make any adjustments once the wood slice has touched the sticky photo.
Use scissors to trim the photo as close to the wood slice as possible.
Wet a washcloth and gently press it on top of the photo.
You should see the picture show through little by little as it gets transferred from the paper to the wood.
Once the photo has transferred, peel the paper off of the wood.
To finish off the edges very gently dab the wet washcloth along the edge of the wood. It should shrink up any uneven pieces of the photo transfer.
This is seriously one of the easiest projects I’ve made and it turned out even better than I was expecting. The photo transferred so cleanly and colorfully. Did you know that you can use Silhouette temporary tattoo paper to transfer a photo onto most unfinished wooden surfaces? I like how the rings in the wood show through the photo just a bit. This gift was a hit and something I look forward to trying again.
Kim@NewlyWoodward saysJanuary 5, 2016 at 11:38 am
I have been wanting to try a project like this ever since Brittany used tattoo paper for a photo on the Silhouette blog. And I love the idea of using the wood slice – such a fun treatment! Totally adding to my list.
Analisa saysJanuary 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm
It was on my list for a long time too. Don’t know why I put it off for so long because it was crazy easy.
Betty saysApril 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm
Did you use clear or white tattoo paper? I looked on Amazon and did not know which to order. Thanks
Analisa saysMay 1, 2016 at 10:19 am
Silhouette only makes one kind of temporary tattoo paper and it’s the only one I’ve used. You should be able to find it here on Amazon.
Maggi saysMarch 31, 2017 at 7:54 am
Can you use Christmas or other occasion cards to transfer on to the wood to make an ornament or does it have to be a photo?
Analisa saysApril 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm
You can use any picture or image you want, but it does have to be printed on the printable temporary tattoo paper.
Kimberly Clevenger saysAugust 16, 2017 at 8:09 am
Does it stay on or rub off?
Analisa saysAugust 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm
It should stay on as long as it’s being displayed and not constantly handled. A layer of clear spray sealer should help too.
Lee saysAugust 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm
Can you use a bigger piece of wood and photo?
Analisa saysAugust 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm
You could use a bigger piece of wood, but the tattoo paper is 8.5″x11″ so you can’t print photos any larger than that.
Joanne saysOctober 24, 2017 at 12:28 am
Does the wood have to be pressure treated?
Will it attract insects or termites?
Analisa saysOctober 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm
No, the wood does not need to be pressure treated. It shouldn’t attract insects or termites.
Iva Griffith saysJuly 14, 2016 at 9:40 am
Will this work on fabic
Analisa saysJuly 17, 2016 at 12:30 am
I don’t think the temporary tattoo paper would transfer well (if at all) to fabric, but you can use this printable paper to transfer images to fabric.
Jay saysMarch 23, 2017 at 8:11 am
Use an iron on for fabric
Bob saysJanuary 2, 2017 at 10:28 am
where do I buy this paper thank you
Analisa saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm
You can find it here on Amazon. Your local craft/hobby store might carry it as well.
Sue saysOctober 7, 2017 at 9:30 am
I found it at Hobby Lobby.
Terri saysNovember 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm
Hi,, Just getting ready to try this. but a little confused,,I printed the photo on the white sheet that has red markings on the back.. now what? do I put the sticky paper on the wood and then transfer the picture to the non sticky side with the wash cloth? or do you just use the white paper that you transfered the photo on and use a wash cloth? I’m missing something here and it really shouldn’t be this confusing but I want to do it right.. Can you help me??
Rachel saysNovember 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm
I’m having the same confusion with the white paper?!
Analisa saysNovember 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm
I replied to Terri’s email but probably should have shared here too since it can be confusing. The sticky clear side of the green paper needs to be put on the picture you printed on the white paper. Rub it and peel the clear sheet off. Then stick it on the wood like in the directions. I hope that makes sense.
Marcy saysDecember 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm
Once I add the sticky clear side to the picture I printed on the white paper do I need to start the project right away? Wondering if it sits a day if that would change anything with this process. Thanks!
Analisa saysDecember 8, 2016 at 12:07 am
Waiting a day shouldn’t be a problem, Marcy.
Stacey saysDecember 20, 2016 at 10:17 am
Do u need to put anything on top of the pictures like mog glue or anything else
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:19 am
Personally, I don’t feel like it needs anything as long as it’s being displayed. You could try a clear spray sealer though.
Terri saysDecember 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm
I used a light coat of the clear gloss spray and it worked well
Analisa saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:19 pm
Andrea McLoy saysJanuary 23, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Do you know how permanent this will be? Is there a chance that after a year or so the picture will start to peel of the wood?
Analisa saysJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm
I haven’t had a problem with it peeling, but some people have put a clear finish on it as a precaution. I think as long as it is displayed somewhere where it isn’t being handled constantly it should be just fine.
Carolyn saysJanuary 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm
I just did a small project and it is the easiest thing ever. I’ve been searching so long for a nice easy photo transfer to wood process, I’m so glad I’ve seen this!! Have you tried to stain over or under the photo with a very light stain for an antiqueing effect? And how long did you let it dry for before you applied the clear coating? Christmas next year is going to be SUPER!! Thank you, Carolyn
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm
I haven’t tried using stain under or over it. I’m not sure how it would react with the paper so I’d probably try antiquing the photo through editing instead. If you’re talking about adding some sort of sealer/clear coat on top I’d give it at least a day or two. I’m so glad you’re having fun with the project!
Julienne saysOctober 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Has anyone else had a problem with this? The paper doesn’t peel off nicely like in the directions. Some of the image sticks, but not all. Mine is a mess. I don’t know what I am doing wrong!
Julienne saysOctober 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm
I may know the problem. Two types of papers come in the pack. I think I used the wrong one. I followed pkg directions as instructed, but I should probably have just printed my photos directly onto the other paper. I’ll try that!
Debbie saysMarch 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm
Can someone tell me where to but the wood slices at a reduced rate the pieces i see on sites such as Amazon are 11.99 for large size. That’s a lot if your looking to do 6 of them. Also can it be untreated wood? What specific wood can it be transferred onto.
Analisa saysApril 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm
Make sure the wood you buy is no larger than your printed picture, and it should be untreated. You could always use a coupon or wait for a sale at your local craft store. Thankfully wood slices are getting easier to find.
Mary saysApril 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
Try a piece of old drift wood cut to size. I did and it makes the picture look old and really cool as our daughter says. Just make sure the drift wood is really dry.
mimi saysNovember 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm
picture never showed through paper.
Maria Correia saysJanuary 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Analyzes have a question:
– To finish can be used varnish or other product to protect the work in the wood?
– The photo transfer is permanent in wood or disappear in 3 or 4 days?
Glad to help me in this issue.
Analisa saysJanuary 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm
I didn’t put any kind of finish on mine so I can’t tell you for sure. I think a layer of Mod Podge would be safe though. The transfer is permanent and won’t disappear unless damage is done to the surface of the wood. Hope that helps!
Maria Correia saysJanuary 10, 2016 at 7:08 am
Thank you Analisa.
You helped me a lot.
Anna saysJune 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm
I just used Mod Podge on mine (the kind that you paint on) and it’s causing the colors to run. I did a black and white photo and had it print grayscale black and white, not color black and white. Glad I did a test project before the real thing. I’m going to try the spray kind of Mod Podge, because it really should be sealed with something…
Anna saysJune 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm
I should add, that as it is drying and turning clear, the running color seems to be very minimal, and really only on the edges. :)
Analisa saysJune 6, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Thanks for sharing Anna! It has been so busy around here that I haven’t had a chance to make another one to experiment with. This one went to my in laws and they haven’t mentioned any problems with it not being sealed. I usually use a spray sealer on top of painted wood projects. I wonder if that would work any better. Hopefully I’ll be able to try it out soon.
Christy saysFebruary 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm
I love how this turned out!
Analisa saysFebruary 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Lei saysMarch 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm
I tried this but printed my photo at costco and it didn’t work. Any suggestions since I don’t have a printer?
Analisa saysMarch 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm
Oh no! Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I think Silhouette temporary tattoo paper needs to be printed on an inkjet printer so maybe that was the problem? I wonder if any office supply stores might offer that as an option.
Stephanie saysApril 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm
Do you know if this would work on painted wood?
Thank you! Stephanie
Analisa saysApril 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm
Hmm…I honestly don’t know. I’ve never tried it on painted wood before. I’ll see if I can try it in the next few days and get back to you!
Carlota saysSeptember 17, 2016 at 2:27 am
It should work!;)
Linda saysApril 9, 2016 at 10:04 am
Sounds easy enough but how do you deal it?
Analisa saysApril 9, 2016 at 11:32 am
I didn’t feel the need to seal it, but I think a layer of Mod Podge would be safe enough to try.
Mel saysApril 13, 2016 at 9:56 am
Anyone try mod podge on this craft item? I have the tattoo printed and will apply it today to the wood. I would hope mod podge would be safe over it but I’d like to hear if anyone has tested it before I apply the mod podge over the print. Anyone? I have regular glossy mod podge.
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Ah, i see. Well that’s not too tricky at all!”
Jen saysApril 16, 2016 at 6:18 am
Where can you buy the silhouette temporary tattoo paper ?
Analisa saysApril 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm
You can buy it online from Amazon. They usually have it for the best price, especially if you use subscribe and save. If your local craft stores carry Silhouette products you might be able to find it there too.
S castillo saysApril 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Where do u find a slice of wood n can u use cedar wood
Analisa saysMay 1, 2016 at 10:16 am
I’ve seen wood slices at craft stores and even Target. Amazon carries them too. I don’t see why cedar wouldn’t work. Just remember that the transferred image ends up being slightly transparent so the color of the wood will make a difference in the finished piece.
Amanda Marcrum saysNovember 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm
I’m so sad! I ordered the wood and even got the smaller size just to make sure the wood would be big enough for the picture and it came back both wider and wayyyyy longer than the transferable tattoo paper. I emailed them and they said they couldn’t guarantee the size since all trees are different sizes. You said you saw some at Target and craft stores? Going to try here to salvage the gift!
Analisa saysDecember 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm
Oh no! The good thing is that wood slices are popular right now so you should have no problem finding them. I’m sure you’ll find just the right piece:)
Palma saysDecember 14, 2016 at 5:31 am
Walmart is a place for the wood slices too.
Analisa saysDecember 15, 2016 at 10:29 pm
I’m so glad you mentioned this Palma! It seems like they’re carrying more and more in their craft section.
Jocelyne Babineau saysSeptember 21, 2017 at 7:06 pm
To use the wood that u both. U can cut the wood square or rectangle u will not have the side of the tree. I am going to do some like that and I am sure it will look nice to
I hope l have been helpful.
Jocelyne Babineau saysSeptember 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm
This was for Amanda Marcrum
Leah saysMay 4, 2016 at 1:14 am
where can I get a wood slice. never saw them in any store
I have a laser printer so you said I don’t need the tattoo paper?? please explain,
Analisa saysMay 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm
I’ve seen wood slices at craft stores and other stores that have a craft section like Target. Amazon also carries them . You will need the temporary tattoo paper since that is how the image gets transferred onto the wood slice. I’ve only used the temporary tattoo paper with an inkjet printer. I have no idea if it would work with a laser printer so you’d have to try it at your own risk.
Diane Ranshaw saysOctober 29, 2016 at 7:07 am
I have seen “live edge” wood slabs at Michael’s
Steve saysNovember 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm
Does the word have to be sanded smooth
Ivory saysMay 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm
I love what you did, and plan to give it a try. I hope my’s can come out just as nice. Thanks for sharing.
Analisa saysMay 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm
Aww, thanks! I’m sure yours will look great!
Savannah saysMay 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm
Hi I have been dying on trying this what all do u need for this project and can u print a picture from like walgreens and it still work?
Analisa saysMay 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm
As long as you have an inkjet printer the only supplies you’ll need to buy should be the wood slice and the temporary tattoo paper. I don’t think Walgreens will work, but if you can find someplace that will print your picture directly onto the tattoo paper that should do the trick.
sherry saysMay 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm
Good idea. I will have to try it. Thank u
Lexis saysJune 5, 2016 at 5:42 am
Wow what an amazingly simple trick. I cant wait to try it. Can you please tell me if you need to use a varnish or a sealer to finish it? Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers Lexy
Analisa saysJune 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Thanks Lexis! I didn’t feel the need to seal mine with anything and have not tried it. If you look a few comments above, someone did try Mod Podge and shared their experience.
Zoraida Santana saysJune 13, 2016 at 10:28 am
Hi my name is Zoraida and I love you transfer I would like to know where I can find the silhoutte transfer paper I would like to make some father’s day gift it’s a great idea thanks and God bless you.
Analisa saysJune 14, 2016 at 8:00 am
Hi Zoraida! You can buy it online from Amazon. They usually have it for the best price. If your local craft stores carry Silhouette products you might be able to find it there too.
Mary saysJune 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm
Hi! Love this, but having trouble. After I print and apply the sticky sheet… I rub it and then peel the clear part off, but it won’t come off clean… Image sticks and gets torn up. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.
Analisa saysJune 28, 2016 at 11:10 am
Hmm…I’m not sure why it’s doing that. As long as the directions are followed the picture should stay put until you transfer it. Maybe something is wrong with the tattoo paper? I would try it again with another sheet. If that doesn’t work you might try contacting Silhouette for help with the paper.
Claudia saysJune 21, 2016 at 8:11 am
Great tutorial! Thanks to all those who posted comments, you all covered my question about Mod Podging it
Francine saysJuly 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm
allo es ce que je peut prendre une autre sorte de papier comme papier cire ou ordinnaire merci
Isaura saysAugust 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm
Non, ce doit être ce genre de papier, sinon ça ne marche pas
martie saysJuly 28, 2016 at 10:10 am
I did something similar as the photo on wood. My problem was that the wood crack. I bought it and a stump to put it on. Both cracked. Is there a way that I must treat the wood
Analisa saysJuly 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm
This one hasn’t cracked and wasn’t treated in any way. I assume different types of wood might react differently.
Jacque saysAugust 10, 2016 at 8:09 am
If you are using fresh cut wood, it is subject to cracking as it dries. As a wood turner I deal with the problem all the time. What we do with a fresh log is to paint the ends of the log with anchor seal and set them aside in a cool dry place for sometimes a year or more and still sometimes they crack. You would not be able to use anchor seal on the slice because it is a thick waxy liquid that would be unworkable. We cut that part off the logs when we are ready to use them. BUT, I don’t see anything wrong with having the slice crack or even warp after a while. I think it adds to the overall look of the piece. You could also try letting the slice sit for a month or so and if it cracks you can fill the crack with either saw dust or “used, dried coffee grinds” and super glue. Then sand it smooth before applying the image.
Jacque saysAugust 10, 2016 at 8:11 am
Correction to my statement above. I meant to say using anchor seal would NOT be workable for you.
Analisa saysAugust 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm
Thank you so much for sharing that Jacque!
Crystal saysJuly 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm
This is the best tutorial I’ve seen so far, great job! Looking forward to making my own :)
Analisa saysJuly 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm
Thank you Crystal!
Lindsay saysJuly 30, 2016 at 11:27 am
Thank you so much for sharing! Does it have to be unfinished wood or can it be on a tree slice that has a sealer on it? If not, can I apply dealer after the photo?
Analisa saysJuly 30, 2016 at 9:17 pm
Hi Lindsay! I haven’t tried it so I’m not sure how the tattoo paper wood take to wood that’s already been sealed. I would experiment on a small piece first.
darlene hart saysAugust 12, 2016 at 6:43 am
Oh my goodness, this looks so simple and easy. I’ve tried other methods and always ended up a disaster. Will def have to try this. Did you put some kind of sealer on it after?
Analisa saysAugust 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm
It really is easy! I never sealed it, but it’s held up just fine.
Susan M saysSeptember 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm
I’d like to make a coaster for each of our employees for Christmas, and would like to make these into a coaster for their home/desk. Is there a finish I can use so it doesn’t ruin the picture I put on the wood? I have 40 employees I’d like to do this for. I need to get busy. :)
Analisa saysSeptember 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm
I’m sorry Susan, but I’m not sure about finishes since I haven’t tried any. That sounds like such a thoughtful gift for your employees though!
Greg Scroggs saysSeptember 22, 2016 at 9:07 am
I saw this and knew this is something to try with my granddaughter!
Thanks for sharing.
Analisa saysSeptember 22, 2016 at 10:10 am
So sweet! Hope you have a wonderful time together!
Dawn saysSeptember 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm
Thank you for posting this DIY project! I followed it this weekend to make a house warming gift for friends and it turned out beautifully. I’ve tried a few other processes for transferring photos to wood without success and was super excited when this one turned out so well and was so easy to complete. Thanks again!!!
Analisa saysSeptember 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm
That’s great to hear!
Anna saysSeptember 26, 2016 at 8:47 pm
Do you seal the wood after? What do you use to do it? Do you have to let the wood dry out first?
Analisa saysSeptember 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm
Sorry, I don’t have experience trying to seal it.
Jessica saysSeptember 27, 2016 at 9:32 am
Hi, I am really wanting to try this out but Amazon cannot ship this tattoo paper to my country for some reason. Can you recommend any other type of temporary tattoo paper that could be used?
Analisa saysSeptember 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm
Oh no! Sorry, this is the only type of tattoo paper I’ve ever used. If you’re able to try another brand it might be worth a shot though.
Bill Minyard saysSeptember 29, 2016 at 7:54 am
The Price for ” Temporary Tattoo Paper ” is rather Pricey…
Can you suggest a Vendor that will supply MORE sheets at
a more AFFORDABLE price….????? Thanks…!!!!
Analisa saysSeptember 30, 2016 at 9:22 am
This is the only brand of printable tattoo paper I’ve used. I’ve been happy with it so I haven’t needed to look an alternative before. Sorry I don’t have any suggestions. Hope you find what you’re looking for!
Cindi Williams saysSeptember 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I was looking for a unique craft for my families Christmas gifts and I found it!!
Analisa saysSeptember 30, 2016 at 9:25 am
I know that search all too well. So glad I could help!
Jess saysOctober 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm
What if you don’t have tattoo paper? Or a silhouette?
Analisa saysOctober 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm
You don’t need a Silhouette for this project, but you will need the tattoo paper to make it work.
Rick saysOctober 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm
Will this work on those glass blocks. Have an order for 5 memorial blocks and they requested photos on them.
Analisa saysOctober 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Hmm…I’m not too sure since I’ve never tried using the tattoo paper on glass. I have used this printable clear sticker paper on glass though. As long as the glass is flat I think it might be a nice alternative.
Sabira saysOctober 15, 2016 at 9:08 am
Hey I wanna make dis too! Can I use a regular photo ( on a photo paper) instead of the temporary transfer paper because it is hard to find in my country and costs way much!
Analisa saysOctober 16, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Hi Sabira! You’ll definitely need the printable tattoo paper to get the photo on the wood with this method.
Brenda saysOctober 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm
Will any brand of tattoo paper work or does it have to be silhouette?
Analisa saysOctober 22, 2016 at 10:39 am
This is the only brand I’ve used, but as long as the application is the same I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
Mary saysOctober 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm
Can you use driftwood, the reason I ask is ever since hurricane Matthew hit I have been seeing lots more driftwood here lately
Analisa saysOctober 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm
What an interesting idea! I honestly don’t know, but it might be worth a try.
Jolomi saysOctober 27, 2016 at 11:37 am
Extremely lovely, creative, exclusive,worth trying.
Rocío Soto Agüero saysOctober 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Que clase de brillo le puedo poner para darle brillo …Gracias
Terri saysNovember 10, 2016 at 10:31 am
Did a post last night.. A little confused about the one step. I printed out my picture on the white paper but not sure about the “sticky” paper.. Does the sticky side stick to the would and the picture goes on top of that or do you just line the photo on the wood and wet with wash cloth?
JoAnne Dougherty saysNovember 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm
I had a piece like this once but I ended up throwing it away because the back wasn’t sealed so all of the ridges came through the picture and the sealant cracked and chipped off. so I was wondering if the top should be sanded and sealed. Then another sealant put on top. I’m going to try this the way I just described and see how I make out. Actually, I think I’ll try it both ways and let you know which way works best.
Petya saysNovember 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm
I like it and I try to make it, become perfect result. Thanks for this idea!
Steve saysNovember 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm
Does the wood need to be sanded smooth
Analisa saysNovember 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm
Unless the wood is unusually rough you shouldn’t need to.
Steve saysNovember 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm
does the word need to be sanded smooth
Nina saysNovember 23, 2016 at 5:36 am
I loved it! Thank you for sharing,I can’t wait to try it!
Jackie saysNovember 23, 2016 at 11:54 am
This looks great! We just got married and I wanted to give my family print outs in a unique way. Does it stay? Should I cover it with a gloss or something?
Trina saysNovember 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm
I used a clear matte spray from home depot..sealed great!
Analisa saysNovember 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm
Thank you so much for sharing Trina!
Analisa saysNovember 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Congrats on your marriage! As long as it is going to be displayed and not handled constantly it should be fine just like it is.
Christine Simmons saysNovember 27, 2016 at 6:36 am
I just made one last night! It was fun and a lot easier than I thought. It’s going to be a great Christmas present for my inlaws. A family wedding picture.
The only suggestion I have is because where the knot is on the wood when placing your photo on the wood. The knot on the wood ended up coming through in my sons face so he looks like he has a bruise on his face. It’s hard find wood without the knots.
Love this project going to be making more.
Thank you for posting this:)
Analisa saysNovember 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm
Thank you for sharing how yours turned out Christine! It really is easier than it looks. The character of the wood worked in my favor when I made this one, but it is definitely something to think about when you’re choosing a picture and placing it on the wood.
Isobel saysNovember 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm
Tnak you So much for this method to transfer images, Analisa! I am actually a very new crafter, and was wondering if ANYBODY could tell me in which kind of shop [with this I mean hardware, shops craft shops, stationary shops, etc] to start looking for the Printable Tattoo Paper, because I don’t have an idea where to start looking for it. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.
Thank you very much, would be grateful if anyone can help me?
Analisa saysDecember 8, 2016 at 12:00 am
Hi Isobel! If I were you I’d start looking for it online. Good luck!
Charlie Creighton saysNovember 30, 2016 at 6:54 am
I was wondering if this would work on a piece of glass…I’m definitely going to do some on wood slabs
Analisa saysDecember 8, 2016 at 12:03 am
I’m not sure if the tattoo paper would work on glass, but you might want to look into Silhouette printable clear sticker paper. I’ve used it on glass with great results!
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Traci Turner saysDecember 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm
I used this for a Christmas present. It came out really great! Hunting picture on a cut piece of wood. Thanks for the idea!
Analisa saysDecember 8, 2016 at 12:05 am
Awesome! I bet it looks great!
Bo saysDecember 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm
Any knowledge if this would work on stone?
Analisa saysDecember 14, 2016 at 2:29 am
I’m not sure if it would transfer well. If you feel like giving it a try, I’d make sure to stick to a light colored stone for a stronger image.
AMY saysDecember 10, 2016 at 11:16 am
Can I print the picture on normal paper or it has to be a photo format a professional print shop?
Analisa saysDecember 14, 2016 at 2:31 am
This method requires printing directly on the specialty printable tattoo paper for the transfer to work. I print it on an inkjet printer at home instead of taking it to a print shop.
Kim saysDecember 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm
Clearly I’m an idiot… the instructions with the paper were horrible, and you skipped the section on getting the photo onto the tattoo paper… do you print the photo on just regular paper? And then what- exact steps …
Analisa saysDecember 14, 2016 at 2:39 am
Print the photo on the white paper. Then the sticky clear side of the green paper needs to be put on the picture you printed on the white paper. Rub it and peel the clear sheet off. Then you’ll stick it on the wood like in the directions.
Fred saysDecember 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm
I love this project! Finally got an opportunity to try it. Very easy. Turned out Great. I transferred an image of my wife and I to a slice of wood. I’m giving it to her for Christmas as one of her gifts. I’m sure she’ll Love it, as well. Thanks so much for this Great idea.
Analisa saysDecember 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm
Thanks for sharing Fred! It makes my day when people share how it’s worked out for them! What a special gift for your wife:)
cara Appelhans saysDecember 17, 2016 at 4:33 am
Your project is beautiful!!! I was wondering if you would advise some kind of finishing spray or clear coat? Congratulations on such an awesome idea!
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:08 am
I haven’t tried it myself, but I think a clear sealer should work.
Megan saysDecember 19, 2016 at 7:51 am
Would using modge podge over the picture after protect it? Or some other type of clear coating? Any ideas.
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:10 am
I would test the Mod Podge on a small piece first. Using a clear spray sealer would likely work too.
Chelsea saysDecember 21, 2016 at 11:55 am
Is there a sealer or anything you should use on it afterwards to protect it?
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:20 am
I haven’t tried it, but I think a clear sealer would work just fine.
Julie saysDecember 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm
Hey I was wondering if you thought sealing these with modern podge would be a good idea? Did you seal yours? How well have they held up? I just made several for Christmas and I love them! They turned out great but I keep thinking I need to finish them off somehow.
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:24 am
I didn’t seal this one and it hasn’t been a problem. I would think most people display them and rarely handle them so they should be okay unfinished. If using Mod Podge I’d test it out on a small area first. Although I haven’t tried it, I think a clear spray sealer would be your best bet.
Randee saysDecember 21, 2016 at 4:44 pm
This looks amazing! So easy and so beautiful! I was wondering if I should seal it? Maybe with mod podge or does it hold up without being sealed?
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:27 am
Thanks! This one has held up just fine without being sealed. I would try a clear spray sealer, but Mod Podge might work too.
Kayla saysDecember 22, 2016 at 1:01 am
I was so excited to try this and give it to my mom for christmas. When I tried it tonight I used a picture of my sister my mother and I. And when I peeled it up I noticed black spots on my face. I’m thinking it it just from the wood. And recommendations for this?
Analisa saysDecember 23, 2016 at 12:32 am
Oh no! I’ve never had that happen, but I think you’re right with it having something to do with the wood. Sadly, I’m not sure of a way to fix it without redoing it. You might be able to sand the picture off the wood to try it again with a different placement.
Susan Thomas saysDecember 23, 2016 at 11:42 pm
WE just tried this tonight, and it looks great. Our wood slice was a little short for the tattoo paper, and my daughter wonders if we could use her tool for wood burning art projects to soften the edges and remove the “cut off” look. Our concern is whether the tattoo film might be too flammable and melt right off. Any ideas?
Analisa saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm
Unfortunately, I don’t know how the tattoo paper would react to heat either. If it can handle the heat it sounds like a beautiful way to fix it.
Chrissie saysDecember 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm
Can you put epoxy over this to seal it?
Analisa saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm
Sorry but I’ve never worked with epoxy before so I’m not sure.
Nikki saysDecember 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm
Is wood the only surface you can use this technique on? What about glass, rocks, or ceramic?
Analisa saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm
Wood is ideal since it takes the image from the tattoo paper really well. I’m not sure about glass, rocks, or ceramic. For flat glass surfaces I’ve used this printable paper with great results.
Kathleen petrosino saysJanuary 7, 2017 at 11:44 am
Would this work on glass?
Analisa saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm
I don’t know if this method will work on glass. If you’re trying to put an image on a flat piece of glass try this printable paper. It’s really easy to use and my pictures always turn out great.
Kimberly proffitt saysJanuary 31, 2017 at 8:57 am
I tried this last night and my picture need up with white spots all over it. I used plain white paper and copied my daughters wedding picture. Her wedding was rustic and I thought this would be a nice gift for her anniversary coming up. It doesn’t look good I need some tips and help.
Analisa saysJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm
Did you use regular white copy paper or the printable temporary tattoo paper? The tattoo paper is absolutely necessary to make this work.
Christine Kochanowski saysFebruary 7, 2017 at 5:57 am
Love this! Did you put a clear coat of something on top? If not does dusting eventually peel off the picture?
Analisa saysFebruary 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm
Thanks Christine! I never sealed it with anything. Dust/peeling hasn’t been an issue for me.
David saysFebruary 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm
Like it,gonna have to try it out on the grandkids photos, thanks.
Analisa saysFebruary 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm
aysem balay saysFebruary 18, 2017 at 11:50 am
can i use vernished wood slice as well for this project? thanks
Analisa saysFebruary 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm
I’m not sure how the tattoo paper will take to varnished wood. I recommend using an unfinished piece of wood for this project.
Brittany saysMarch 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm
Did you have to seal it with anything?
Analisa saysMarch 22, 2017 at 10:13 am
I did not seal it with anything, but others have mentioned clear sealer working.
orit saysMarch 7, 2017 at 1:02 am
Hi, I have a laser printer .. can I use this paper with that?
Analisa saysMarch 22, 2017 at 10:15 am
I’m not really sure. I don’t remember it saying anything about laser printers on the packaging. I’d suggest contacting Silhouette about that.
Joyce levigne saysMarch 13, 2017 at 7:55 pm
I’m looking forward to trying this it looks like. Fun
Analisa saysMarch 22, 2017 at 10:16 am
Thanks Joyce! I always enjoy instant gratification projects like this.
Ayesha saysMarch 23, 2017 at 1:22 pm
I’m still so confused on how to do this. I printed my photo on the glossy side of the tattoo paper and I’m lost on what to do next. HELP
Analisa saysApril 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm
Once it has been printed, put the sticky clear side of the green paper on it. Rub it and peel the clear sheet off. Then stick it on the wood like in the directions.
Katie saysApril 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm
Can you put a clear coat to help preserve it?
Analisa saysApril 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm
I didn’t, but you should be able to.
Hope baker saysApril 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm
When you say tattoo paper do u mean carbon paper
Hope baker saysApril 7, 2017 at 2:30 am
Ok cleanely mine wasnt worth an answer. :/
Debbie saysApril 7, 2017 at 7:26 am
not carbon go on amazon to order
Analisa saysApril 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm
Thanks for answering Debbie!
Analisa saysApril 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm
Sorry Hope…sometimes life gets a little crazy around here :)
Nope, not carbon paper. It needs to be the printable temporary tattoo paper I linked to in the post. You can find it on Amazon.
Aisha saysApril 6, 2017 at 11:11 pm
Hi my name is Aisha i live in Botswana. I can’t find this Silhouette tattoo paper anywhere. I was wondering if it’s available in South Africa and where.
It is a great project indeed.
Debbie saysApril 7, 2017 at 12:48 am
Amazon, Jet.com also even you can sometimes find it on Zulilly which is where i bought mine. Not sure which stores you have access to but try those. Good luck!
Analisa saysApril 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm
Hi Aisha! I’m not familiar with what craft stores you have there, but I’d start my search online. I hope you find it!
Karen saysApril 7, 2017 at 7:41 am
Can you finish off the wood picture with a sealer of some sort, or will it make the colors run?
Analisa saysApril 11, 2017 at 10:51 pm
You could definitely try it, but I don’t know how specific sealers will react. I’d test it on a small piece first if you can.
Pat U saysApril 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm
What do you use to seal the image surface on the wood after transfer? If a tattoo is done with this temporary tattoo paper, it is able to be washed off. Heaven forbid an over zealous housekeeper sprays something on this wood mounted image and ruins it.
Analisa saysApril 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm
I didn’t seal mine, but some people have commented that using a clear spray sealer works. Someone cleaning it with liquid hasn’t crossed my mind before. Mod Podge has a dishwasher safe sealer that might work well for this. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’d test it first to make sure the colors don’t bleed.
Heather saysApril 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm
Do you seal it with clear sealer after?
Analisa saysMay 23, 2017 at 7:19 am
A clear sealer should work.
Patty saysMay 18, 2017 at 9:05 pm
Does this work on painted wood?
Analisa saysMay 23, 2017 at 7:22 am
I would test it out on a small painted piece first. I haven’t tried it myself, but I think it would work well as long as the paint was a light color.
Angela Bray saysMay 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm
Do you think the tattoo paper would work on canvas?
Analisa saysMay 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
I’ve been wanting to try that actually. I think it would work well.
Meg saysJune 5, 2017 at 9:40 pm
I am hoping to use your tutorial and the tattoo paper to transfer lettering to a small wood cookie. Since my “image” will be only text, do you think this product will work? Unlike a photo, most of my image will be blank.
Analisa saysJune 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm
The text should turn out well, but the transfer does leave a glossiness even on the blank parts. As long as that isn’t a problem I’d try it :)
Robert Farkas saysJune 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm
HI, what kind of printer do you use, to print the photo, and I found that this technique transfer the “white”
How? Did you youse any primer, or the printer has white ink ?
Analisa saysJune 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm
I used an inkjet printer to print the photo and didn’t prime the wood. It didn’t have white ink, just a typical tri color cartridge and black cartridge.
Phyllis saysJune 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm
I have been planning on putting pictures of my family on my kitchen table. It is in sorry condition and thought I could sand it down, paint it black and put pictures randomly down. Twould the tattoo paper work on painted surface?
Analisa saysJune 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm
The pictures would probably be difficult to see on black paint. With something that gets so much use I don’t think it would hold up well either. You might look into trying Mod Podge photo transfer medium though.
Louise saysJune 15, 2017 at 2:17 am
What wood do you think works best?
Analisa saysJune 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Any piece of wood that is smooth should work well. The less knots and imperfections in the wood, the clearer your picture should transfer.
John saysJune 21, 2017 at 8:56 pm
Very creative. I love that., Thank
Christy saysJune 23, 2017 at 5:48 am
I can’t wait to try this!! Do you know what other kind of surfaces you can use with these tattoo papers?
Jana saysJuly 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Do you seal it with anything?
Analisa saysJuly 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm
A clear spray sealer should work.
CJ Gomez saysJuly 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm
I am trying to do this for an outside project. Is this method waterproof?
Analisa saysJuly 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm
No, I wouldn’t expect it to withstand the weather.
Isaura saysAugust 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm
My guess would be no, unless you use a sealer of somekind. When I used those tattoos as a kid, they never survived the tub
Linda Perry saysJuly 24, 2017 at 8:33 am
That is awesome, I would like to ask if you used any sealer or clear coat ?
I want to Thank You for sharing your wonderful creation. Thanks Linda
Analisa saysAugust 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Thanks so much Linda! I personally haven’t tried sealing it. I think a clear spray sealer should work well and Mod Podge should also do the trick.
Clara saysSeptember 18, 2017 at 6:31 am
Hi, I’m loving this idea and I want to try it myself. One question: Did you open and print the photo with the Silhouette Studio Software? Or can you just do that with any photo doftware and then print it like a normal photo, just on the Tattoo paper?
Analisa saysSeptember 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm
Great question! I opened and printed it in Silhouette Studio, but you definitely don’t need to do that. I just used the Silhouette software because I’m comfortable with it. Since you’re cutting it out with scissors anyway, print it out whichever way is easiest for you.
Diane Mousso saysSeptember 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm
I purchase a round cheese board from the dollar store which I believe is bamboo. I am not sure if it has a finish on it or if that is it’s natural color. Would this work? Would sanding it lightly be a good idea. Thanks
Analisa saysSeptember 25, 2017 at 10:59 pm
Neat! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that board next time I’m at the dollar store. Sanding it lightly sounds like a great plan!
Tabatha saysOctober 5, 2017 at 11:07 am
Thanks for the info! I grabbed some tattoo paper from your link and I’m attempting this tomorrow. I had one quick question…. Why did you use the modgepodge and do you think it’s necessary?
Analisa saysOctober 15, 2017 at 8:37 pm
Hi Tabatha! I didn’t use mod podge or any sort of finish. I didn’t think it was necessary since this one is meant to sit on a shelf and not be handled regularly.
Lizzie saysOctober 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm
Hi!!! OK so I have read this 1000 times and am still so confused, could you pretty please help me out?? I printed my picture on the white tatoo paper, and from there I think I royally screwed up – I took the sticky part off the green paper and placed it on top of the picture, sticky side down, was that right or wrong?? From there I was so lost – can you please explain step by step for a moron like me?? LOL! I REALLY want to do this but am not sure what I’m missing here?? Do you peel the sticky piece off the picture then put the picture on the wood, or the stick piece?? HELP!! thank you!!
Analisa saysOctober 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm
Hi Lizzie! The sticky clear side of the green paper needs to be put on the picture you printed on the white paper…which it sounds like you did. From there you’ll rub it and peel the clear sheet off. Then stick it on the wood like in the directions. It sounds a lot more confusing written out than it actually is with all the pieces right in front of you. Good luck!
James caissey saysOctober 21, 2017 at 10:09 am
Wondering if this would work using sliced and polished agate or petrified wood?
Analisa saysOctober 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm
That’s an interesting idea! I’m not sure the picture would show through very clearly on either surface. If you have all the supplies it might be worth experimenting with though. I’d love to hear your experience if you do!
Danielle saysOctober 22, 2017 at 7:16 am
Would this work if my printer is not an inkjet laser printer?
Analisa saysOctober 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm
You’ll want to use an inkjet printer.
Terry saysNovember 2, 2017 at 10:39 am
I have an old printer, how do I know if it’s an ink jet printer? Also, is Silhouette a kind of paper that you print on with your printer instead of regular print paper?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 10:03 pm
If you have small cartridges you put in for black and color ink it is likely an inkjet printer. Yes, the Silhouette printable temporary tattoo paper is a specialty paper you’ll need to print on for this method to work.
Naomi saysNovember 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm
Hi ! Thank you for this tutorial ! I want to try this for xmas. I have a question : if i have a regular printer that can print basic paper work and photos (when i change for photo paper), will it work for this tattoo paper? Thanks a lot !!
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 10:01 pm
It should work if it is an inkjet printer.
Jen saysNovember 7, 2017 at 11:17 am
I suppose my HP Deskjet printer doesn’t have the correct ink for this?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 10:00 pm
As long as it is an inkjet it should work. No special ink required!
Chris Yoho saysNovember 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm
do you use wood that is bought and xried or cut your own and use creah cut
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 10:00 pm
I use precut wood slices.
Laura Vandewaal saysNovember 14, 2017 at 10:37 am
Awesome thanks I have wreck my brain now I’m good thks
Stacy saysNovember 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm
So is the picture supposed to print on the clear sticky sheet? If so, typically how long should we wait for ink to dry?
Kat saysDecember 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm
Does the tattoo paper have to be a certain color? I see like green and white ones
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm
It doesn’t have to be a certain color as long as the paper works for this particular process. The paper I’ve been using is the Silhouette brand printable temporary tattoo paper.
Nancy saysDecember 9, 2017 at 7:40 am
We are trying this project but the wood discs keep splitting. Any idea how to prevent this or what type of wood to use? We are using oak
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Oh no! Sorry but I honestly have no idea about the wood. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something that works.
Jewel saysDecember 21, 2017 at 8:30 am
Seems so simple compared to some wood transfer instructions that I found. Can’t wait to try it out!!
Andrea@LittleBIgHarvest saysDecember 23, 2017 at 8:59 am
I just finished making 6 of these as gifts and I could not be more happy. I’d been looking at them on Etsy but couldn’t imagine spending 25+ dollars on something like this, and when I went to google DIY options, this site came up. I am fortunate that my brother owns a forest with plenty of fallen trees, so my wood slices were free. The paper is expensive, but I ended up at about 5 dollars per finished product after buying the paper and the modge podge.
A couple of tips. A coat of modge podge (wait until it’s dry) on the wood before starting helps the tattoo to ‘catch on’ and slide off more easily. Also, starting the peeling process is the trickiest part…the tattoo may not want to come off the white backing right away, so you may have to use a fingernail and gently start peeling at the edge, then use the tips of your fingernails to tap it down on the edge of the wood. Use your wet cloth to very gently pat the first edge onto the wood as you peel. Once you get an edge started with your fingernails and wet cloth, the rest just peels off like a dream.
Thanks for this tutorial, you saved me some cash and I had fun making some BEAUTIFUL Christmas gifts!
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Thanks so much for sharing! That is awesome! I bet having the wood come from somewhere a little personal makes them even more sentimental. Good to know about the modge podge. I’ll have to try that next time!
Randy Shaner saysDecember 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm
After drying is the photo durable…can it scratch easily? Can it be protected with a clear polyurethane? Thank you.
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:50 pm
I definitely recommend displaying it somewhere it won’t be handled much. I haven’t personally done anything to finish it, but if you check the comments others have shared some things that have worked for them.
Elmer Daniels saysJanuary 2, 2018 at 2:44 pm
It’s beautiful, will try it soon ,thanks for sharing
GRC saysJanuary 2, 2018 at 9:48 pm
Tried it. Doesn’t work. Also, the price for the paper is crazy. I paid $7 for two sheets of paper – through Amazon.
tami saysJanuary 11, 2018 at 11:09 pm
Love this! Did u use any type of sealer to finish this off? x
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:49 pm
I haven’t personally done anything to finish it, but if you check the comments others have shared some things that have worked for them.
Linda saysJanuary 25, 2018 at 3:27 pm
Can you use a laser printer?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:43 pm
I believe you need an ink jet printer for this paper.
Marge saysFebruary 1, 2018 at 3:51 am
I love this project I can’t wait to try it
Gena saysFebruary 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm
Can you use photos that you have ordered from Wal Mart, Shutterfly or some other photo shop?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm
No, it has to be printed on the printable temporary tattoo paper for this method to work.
Frances Wilson-Charity saysFebruary 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm
I remember when I was paying a lady big money to do my kids pictures. Then I stopped because she moved away. Thanks, I can’t wait to try this with my new granddaughter.
Maryann saysFebruary 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm
Can it be done on stone, metal or plastic?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm
I haven’t tried any of those surfaces myself, but it might be worth a shot.
Sharon saysMarch 11, 2018 at 9:09 am
Do you seal the picture once its been transfered? If so..which product do you use.
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm
I haven’t personally done anything to finish it, but if you check the comments others have shared some things that have worked for them.
Saloni saysMarch 18, 2018 at 4:17 am
Hey can we use any other temporary tatoo paper instead of Silhouette temporary tattoo paper?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm
As long as the paper works in the same way I don’t see why not.
Rhonda saysApril 14, 2018 at 10:09 am
Can I use photo paper as to transfer my photos to wood?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:39 pm
No, for this technique it has to be the printable temporary tattoo paper.
Adrienne saysApril 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm
How do you make the picture larger to fill the whole piece of wood? I am trying to print a photo from my phone. Do I need to print a larger picture first?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:39 pm
Your printed picture will need to be as large as the slice of wood you’re using.
Valerie saysApril 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm
Creative and Beautiful thank you for sharing.
Ann Carpenter saysApril 18, 2018 at 3:47 am
Love it,thanks for sharing. I will start making lots for Christmas 2018. I will be hidden in my shed for hours. Am so excited.x
Olivia saysMay 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Do you need to finish this with mod podge at all to protect the picture?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:38 pm
I haven’t personally done anything to finish it, but if you check the comments others have shared some things that have worked for them.
sirley almeida saysJune 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm
oi, só funciona na silhouette? impressora de grafica também pode ser usada?
Analisa saysJuly 25, 2018 at 9:37 pm
You’ll want to use an inkjet printer to print on the Silhouette tattoo paper.
Cathey E saysOctober 10, 2018 at 5:08 pm
This is the BEST photo transfer method ever! The photos come out so sharp and it is so easy to do. Thank you so much for the technique.
Just as an FYI: I used the cheapest temporary tattoo paper I found on Amazon, I used some wood slices I had already sanded and sealed with ModPodge, and I sprayed the finished project with a clear acrylic sealer I bought at Walmart (again, the cheapest one on the shelf!)
The results were awesome. I can’t wait to make more.
Thanks again. What a wonderful project.
Jake Hornby saysOctober 15, 2018 at 6:57 am
Great idea! I wanting to try this for myself. I was just wondering whether the method would still work/work as well if I prepared the wood first with wax to bring out its natural grain? Let me know anyways!
Kim saysOctober 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm
Did you have to sand the wood in order to get a smooth surface? Also, was there any treating I’d the wood prior to starting?? Thanks!! Love this idea!!
Carolyn saysOctober 23, 2018 at 10:52 am
Had to be bare sanded smooth wood.
Cathey saysOctober 25, 2018 at 6:54 am
I’ve done it both ways, with and without sanding first and with and without sealing the wood first. I had great results no matter how I did it. I also did it with and without sealing the finished product. Again, great results either way.
I had some natural stone tiles and also some glazed ceramic tiles that I used this method on to make coasters. On these, I added 2 finish coats of Mod Podge to give them a good seal as they will be subjected to moisture and wear. They turned out great. I did the coasters as shower gifts using pictures of the bride and groom. Definitely a hit! Easy, personal and fairly inexpensive. It doesn’t get better than that.
I’m looking for other ways to use this method. It is so simple and the results are consistently great.
Just a note of caution — don’t forget to flip the images before printing. I goofed on a couple, so wording is backwards on a couple of T-shirts!
Brandon saysJanuary 13, 2019 at 9:55 am
How long did you allow the photo tattoo transfer to dry before applying Mod Podge?
Kendra saysNovember 14, 2018 at 8:59 am
Did you apply anything afterwards to seal it?
Velva saysDecember 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm
Could you add a clear coat to protect it
Haydee Mahannah saysApril 23, 2019 at 7:23 pm
I’m going to try this as gifts for my daughter’s Engagement party in December. Would make great ornaments.
Marletta Gerrard saysMay 2, 2019 at 9:18 am
Will this also work o. Canvas?
Juanita S Farmer saysJune 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm
did you modge podge it to seal it or is it okay like this?
Wendy saysJune 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm
I’m so glad all of you enjoyed doing this but I didn’t not!! I wasted three packages of tattoo paper on this project. Either I am missing a step or you are all magical crafters haha. Going to try using modge pudge to finish my project.
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I was wondering if you used a shellac or gloss over it when done for protection?
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“Flip” your photo using Photoshop or Microsoft Word so that when it transfers, it isn’t backwards. Determine the size you will need to print based on the measurements of your wood slice round. To test, print onto regular paper first and compare.
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