Category Archives: Crafting From Your Stockpile

This shows you some crafting projects that I’ve done using items that I’ve gotten dirt cheap or free from using coupons. I’ve decorated my house using items like melted crayons, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste containers, dental floss and more!

Photo Transfer on Wood – Rustic & Antique Style!

Photo Transfer on Wood – Rustic & Antique Style!

I’ve been curious for awhile now how to do a photo transfer on wood. My local MOPS group (mother’s of pre-schoolers) does an Antiquities fund-raiser and I just love these pictures. So I wanted to learn myself how to transfer these antique style photos onto a rustic wood “frame.” Once I figured out how to do it, I had to share it with you because its SO easy to do – and fun!!

1 photo transfer materials low res WMMaterials needed for your Photo Transfer on Wood project:

2 gel medium low res WM

To start, apply a healthy amount of the gel medium to your piece of wood.  I used a foam brush to make sure it was smoothed out.

3 medium on wood low res WM

You don’t want it glopped on too thick, but you want to be able to tell you have a smooth layer of gel medium.  This will attach to the ink in your image and dry, so you want to make sure all spots are well covered where you want your photo to be transferred to.

4 image glue on wood low res WM

Take your image that has been printed by a laser printer and trim it if necessary to fit on the wood.  Then with the picture side down, glue onto the wooden plaque.  Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles and air bubbles.  If there are air bubbles, then that part of the picture may not get transferred and you’d end up with a small blank spot.

After this is done, let it sit and dry 12-24 hours.

 

5 rubbing low res WM

The next part is my favortie because you get to slowly “reveal” your image.  Get a damp sponge and rub that on your paper.  Made sure you paper gets wet enough and then start rubbing the paper with your fingers until it starts to peel off.

6 paper left low res WM

You will do this once, and not realize that there is still some paper left on top of your image.  When the paper dries again, it turns back white, and you’ll see that you’ll need to get it wet again and keep rubbing off the paper until its really gone.  You may need to go back and do this 3-4 times.

8 sand paper low res WM

Because these are antique style photos, I wanted it to look a little rough around the edges on purpose to give it a true antique/rustic feel.  So I used some sand paper and gently rubbed around the edges to get that worn look.

7 ink jet

Now I know I mentioned earlier that you need to be sure to use an image printed with a laser printer.  I did try this with an ink jet, and you can see above what you get.  It totally does not transfer enough ink with the ink from an ink jet printer.  I personally do not have a laser printer, but I luckily had a friend willing to print out some pictures for me that has one.  I know you can also go to places like Office Max or Staples and get an image printed with laser printer ink.

9 final low res WM

I finished mine off with hot gluing on both a piece of drift wood at the top, and some twine on the back to hang it.  To fully protect your image, you should also top it off with a coat of ModPodge to seal it.

I want to make 2 more of these and hang 3 in a row in my “cabin style” family room!

Looking for more rustic decor ideas?  Check these out:

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DIY Drift Wood Mirrors

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How To Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces

Photo Transfer on Wood - Antique & Rustic style - this is an easy way to preserve your favorite pictures and give it a different look!

Spring Crafts & DIY | 20 Inspiring Ideas!

Spring Crafts & DIY | 20 Inspiring Ideas!

Looking for ways to brighten up your home now that Spring has officially arrived??  Here are 20 ideas: 1.  Spring Vase Idea – from Happy Deal – Happy Day! 2.   Moss Spring Wreath – from Just Us Four 3.  Easter Bunny Pom Pom Critter – from Chrisy is Blogging 4.  Daffodil Spring Banner – from… Continue Reading

Toddler Activities:  Sensory Bag Using Glitter Glue and Body Wash (NOT Messy!!)

Toddler Activities: Sensory Bag Using Glitter Glue and Body Wash (NOT Messy!!)

Sensory Bag Using Glitter Glue and Body Wash Here is a very frugal toddler activity that involves using body wash and glitter glue. And it’s NOT messy!! Awhile back I had a bunch of coupons for free body wash. I decided to combine the body wash with some glitter glue from the dollar store and… Continue Reading

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas – 10 Unique Ways!

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas – 10 Unique Ways!

Easter is just around the corner and I’m so thrilled that Spring is almost here! No really – thrilled is an understatement!  At this point every year, I feel like I’m crawling to the finish line until I see buds and flowers and green grass again! To keep me focused on the end in sight,… Continue Reading

Spring Artificial Topiary DIY | Paper Flower Topiary DIY

Spring Artificial Topiary DIY | Paper Flower Topiary DIY

 This DIY spring artificial topiary is the perfect way to bring spring colors into the home. After a long winter, its nice to have bright colors around as an antidote for cabin fever and the welcoming of spring. This is an easy project that is easy customize to your color of choice. How to make a Spring Artificial Topiary:… Continue Reading

Easter Egg Decorating Idea | Decoupage Easter Eggs!

Easter Egg Decorating Idea | Decoupage Easter Eggs!

  Easter Egg Decorating Idea | Decoupage Easter Eggs! | Frugal Craft Projects This is a fun, frugal, but a little messy way to decorate easter eggs that will keep year after year – Decoupage Easter Eggs! Materials you will need: Plastic Eggs  (I’m sure you can get these for a $1 at any dollar… Continue Reading

Spring Wreaths | With Forsythia & Burlap!

Spring Wreaths | With Forsythia & Burlap!

 Spring Wreaths | With Forsythia & Burlap! With this unusual warm winter we are having in NY, I keep wondering if my Forsythia will be confused and want to bloom early!  I’d love to see that yellow color, so I have some artificial forsythia that I used in my spring wreath to brighten up my kitchen… Continue Reading

DIY Yarn Wreath with Twine Flowers

DIY Yarn Wreath with Twine Flowers

DIY Yarn Wreath with Twine Flowers I had so much fun recently making twine flowers that I decided to make some to add to a new yarn wreath for my dining room. I didn’t just use twine flowers on this – I had a variety of flowers to decorate it with, including a fake hydrangea, some… Continue Reading

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