Memory Pictures: Photo Transfers to Wood | Nanny Anita | My Baba

Over the Christmas period I saw quite a few decorations where you transferred a picture to a piece of wood. They looked pretty cool, but didn’t really want to try them out. Then just before New Year I learned the EC’s dog had died suddenly. Obviously we were all devastated, especially EC. It got me thinking though of how I could help him with his grief. I then remembered these transfer pictures and how it might be of some comfort to him if he had a small wooden cookie transfer picture of his dog that he could carry about with him.

To make these photo transfers to wood you will need:

Wooden cookies
• Paper
• Mod Podge*
• Paint brush
• Scissors

*There is a specific transfer mod podge glue you can get, but I used the normal kind.

Print out your pictures onto normal paper. You don’t want to use photographic paper. When the ink is completely dried, cut out the pictures.

Completely cover the cut out picture with mod podge. You want to have so much glue on it that you can’t actually see the picture.

Place the cut out picture onto the wooden cookie , picture side down. It is important to make sure you put it straight down and not move the picture around. When all your pictures are done, place them under something heavy, and leave for 24 hours.

When they are ready run them quickly under a tap so that they are slightly wet. Then start to gentle rub the paper away. If the paper is too dry add a little bit more water. You don’t want to get it too wet too quickly or the paper will just come away with the picture still on it. The same is true for rubbing the paper. Do it a little at a time to make sure you don’t rub the picture off. When you think it is ready place it on a radiator to dry. I found that sometimes after it dried I needed to go back and rub off a bit more of the paper that was still left.

When that is finally done add a layer of mod podge to the picture.

I think that they turned out really sweetly. The picture is not going to be like a normal photo, so don’t be upset it not all of the picture transfers over.

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Memory Pictures: Photo transfers to wood.

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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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