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Please Note: This item can only be shipped ground to the 48 contiguous states. Cut a photo to the size of the smallest opening, brush crafts glue on the back and secure the photo in the opening. I loved the layered look of the plywood I used, but wanted to jazz it up. So I applied wood stain to the sides of the wood, giving it a warm walnut color (top board in the image below). Completely covering the paper, the picture should be visible through the paper. Wood boxes are something that we specialize in and are always updating our vast selection.

Use your plastic card or boning tool to remove any bubbles of gel medium from between the paper and wood by smoothing the card over the paper pushing excess to the outer edges. I have transferred a few pictures onto wood but the image on wood is cuming out to be lighter than the original image. Use it to line up where you want to cut and either trace and cut, or just hold it tight and cut around the template on each picture. Intarsia is a beautiful three dimensional mosaic wall hanging, which was an ancient Woodcraft basis for Wood Art, Marquetry and Wood-inlay craftwork of years ago.

I’m Laura, owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and so much more! My daughter and I have spent 2 days and money attempting to make a Mothers day gift on wood to have the grain show through similar to yours. This project can be done with just about any material you want but if you really want the rustic look, you can use pallet boards and old barn wood.

However, the gel medium does not dry completely clear so be careful to only apply it to the area of the wood where the photo will be placed unless you intend to paint over the area around the photo. Smother great light colored wood option (if birch is not available in 2×4) is Poplar I paid roughly $25 for it. The last thing left to do was to remove the paper from the wood and reveal the image transferred to the wood.

Next, we rubbed the nail polish remover soaked paper towels on the back of the picture. Your picture should basically look how you want it to look when it’s dry, before you add the mod podge. And yeah, if you are able to edit the picture before you print it, that’ll help. To paper or other surface, embellishments to ornamental fabric items, plastic or metal to paper and paper, plastic or metal to wood. Woods such as Yew or Cedar may be used to make small things like picture frames.

As a rule of thumb, any fuzzy white patches on your wood will remain on it, even after you varnish it. I can picture it on a side table or coffee table or something – it’d make a good conversation piece! Fit a mat and photo into each opening, keeping them in place with framers glazing points, available at crafts stores. I just love the vintage look of this DIY picture frame and think you will, too.