i have said it before and i will say it again, i am not a crafty person. this DIY series has been really great for me because it has forced me to try something new. and i love it! but not all of my DIYs are going to turn out perfectly. and this one was very close to being a fail. it didn't turn out exactly how i wanted it to, but it turned out well enough for me to show you. i learned from my mistakes and i will definitely try this again! that said, here is this week's DIY!
we don't have a ton of framed photos of the kids around the house. we take a ton of pictures of them every day, but we tend not to print and frame them. this is something i would love to change. and i thought i would try something a little more fun than just framing their photos for this project. i decided to take two of my favorite photos of them and transfer them onto wood! i thought it would give the photos a nice, vintage-looking quality (more on that later.)
here's what you will need:
~ your favorite photo(s) (please note: these should be printed on regular white paper. not photo paper! and the final product will be flipped, so keep that in mind when choosing a picture!)
~ Modge Podge Photo Transfer
~ Modge Podge (matte or glossy will work. i used matte.)
~ a wooden plaque
~ a foam brush
~ a sponge
~ parchment paper (wax paper or tin foil would work, too.)
~ paint and a paintbrush (not pictured)
~ a glass of wine (optional)
~ ignore those scissors. they somehow sneaked into this photo. rascally scissors.
place your photo on the parchment paper and, using your foam brush, completely cover it in the modge podge photo transfer. use a thick coat (this was my first problem.) and make sure it is totally white.
next, place the photo face down on the wooden plaque. smooth it to get any bubbles out. then, the hard part (for me, the most impatient crafter ever), leave it alone for 24 hours.
don't touch it for 24 hours??? but i want immediate results! ugh.
once that long and hard 24 hours is up, grab your sponge and a bucket of water. begin wiping the paper with the sponge. get the entire paper completely wet. wait a couple of minutes (more waiting???) to make sure the paper is completely soaked.
then begin to wipe the top layer of paper off to reveal your photo. be gentle (my second mistake) or you could rip the picture. and don't go crazy (my third mistake.) too much wiping can ruin the quality of the picture.
see that little rip on the bottom corner? yeah, that's not supposed to be there. dang!
once your photos are revealed, wait until they are dry (i know. more waiting. this was, like, the worst DIY for me.), and then you can decorate them however you like. i decided to paint colorful frames around the photos. i used acrylic paints, but you could use whatever you like. washi tape (seen here and here) would be super cute, too! i then sealed the entire photo with a coat of modge podge (as you will see on amelia's photo, not waiting until the paint dried completely before doing so took it's toll. mistake #4. lucky for me, i think it looks kind of cool!)
and here is the final result:
i wish they weren't quite so "vintage-y" looking. this was the result of too much wiping on the photo and the fact that i used really low resolution photos (i printed instagram photos. mistake #5.) but, other than that, i love them. and now i know what to do differently next time!
what do you think? is this something you have done or would ever do?
xoxo, nora bird