DIY Wood Inkjet Transfer

My sister taught me how to make these really cool wood transfers this week. She made a whole bunch for Christmas gifts, so I made myself one. I’m going to make two more of the damask print squares and I’m going to hang them together.
To make the mustard color, I mixed yellow acrylic paint with a little bit of red and white acrylic paint. The damask square is the only one in the top photo that was painted before doing the transfer. These are very easy to make. The hardest part is waiting! You should let the gel medium dry overnight.
Watch the video below for the step-by-step!


  • a wood block
  • mod podge
  • gel medium
  • brush
  • inkjet print
  • something to smooth the photo (roller, credit card, etc)

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  • Reply Ginny

    Please tell me what kind of paper you are using… I have attempted this several times and my paper(s) have not come off as easily as yours did.. Please.. I’m dying to figure this out. Thanks so much.. Love your stuff!!

    January 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    This is a great video tutorial! I’ve been trying to transfer inkjet using water, rubbing alcohol or a blender pen…it just wasn’t working. I’m going to try your way and see what happens. Wish me luck!

    April 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    • Reply Kelsey

      LUCK! Let me know how it goes.

      April 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Could I have the image source from where you got that damask print? Thanks in advance!

    May 28, 2012 at 9:19 am
    • Reply Kelsey

      I no longer have the image source, but if you Google image search Damask Black and White, and specify only large images you’ll find a lot of great patterns.

      June 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Can i know what time of paper are you using to print your image before transferring it to the wood??

    June 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    • Reply Kelsey

      It’s just generic copy paper from Walmart. Any standard printer paper will do.

      June 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply kendall

    oooo luv this. definitely want to try!

    August 11, 2012 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Janeal

    Kelsey! I love this project! I tried it and the paper doesn’t come off as easily– and leaves white paper residue on the print so it isn’t clear and if I try to rub it off it takes the ink from the image off with it. Have you ever had this problem? Do I need to immediately put the modg podge on after I rub off the paper? I can send you a picture if you like. I really want to be able to do this – but not sure what is happening. Thank you so much!

    November 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Kelsey Reddick

      Hi Janeal! Happy to help.

      Some pulp will always be left behind with this method, making the image appear foggy-looking. If you look at the second image on this page ( you will see mine was not a perfect transfer.

      My sister and I have found, however, that certain things play a role in how much pulp is left behind. If the wood is more porous, the transfer won’t be as clean (look at the first image, upper right corner at the barn photo.. that transfer was done on a box purchased at Michael’s crafts that was very porous. The other three that are noticeably better were done on a piece of pine 1′ x6′ (I believe) from Lowes that I cut down to size.

      The image is not transferring to the wood itself, but rather the acrylic gel medium, so make sure you have a thick, even coat. A few people have commented that you can use mod podge in place of the gel medium, so you could try that as well and see if you get better results.

      If this method continues prove problematic, I suggest this slightly different inkjet transfer method. I’ve not tried it, but I’ve heard good things.

      November 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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