Pinterest Unpinned: Transferring pictures to wood to create a rustic look

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For the Christmas season WHNT News 19 has teamed up with University Pickers to bring you several Pinterest-inspired gift ideas you can make for friends, family, or for yourself.

Picture Transfer

Here's a fun alternative to simply framing a picture.  Transfer it on to a piece of wood. Add a unique and rustic touch to your memories.

Photo Transfer to Wood

You'll need: a picture printed on regular copy paper (make sure to print the reverse/mirror image), a piece of wood with a smooth surface, Mod Podge, a paint brush and water.

Materials are estimated to cost about $5.

On a difficulty scale of 1-5, this rates a 1. This can be done fairly quickly, and there's not a lot of room for error.


  • Prepare the piece of wood. Cover it with paint (latex works well).
  • Once it is dry, paint Mod Podge on the wood.
  • Take your picture (printed mirror-image) and press it on the wood, so it sticks to the Mod Podge. Let it dry.
  • Wet the image with a cloth, then rub with your finger until you get to the color. Keep rubbing off the paper and you'll have your image!