diy photo transfer coasters

July 29, 2013

This photo transfer coaster was really fun to make. To achieve the best possible transfer choose a picture with contrast (it doesn’t necessarily have to be black and white like mine).

  • Wood squares (available at most craft stores)
  • Modge Podge
  • Towel or rag
  • Paintbrush
  • Old credit card or any other stiff card
[Open your photo (mine is of iconic 1960’s model Veruschka) in editing software. Scale your picture down to the size of the coaster (mine is 6X6″). Flip the image horizontally (since the pic goes face down on the wood- it will be backwards) Print out your image and cut it out]
[On the right side of the image, paint a thick layer of Modge Podge on top]
[Place the image face down on the wood. Use a card to smooth out and get rid of any air bubbles. Let dry for a few hours]
[Take a damp (not soaking wet) towel and place it over the picture. Leave for 10 minutes]
[Gently begin rubbing off the top layer of paper (using the towel or your fingers). If you’re having a hard time, the image is too wet. Let sit for 5 minutes and try again. The layer should come off pretty easily. Don’t scratch at it with anything sharp because you can damage the picture]
[After you have removed the top layer of paper, coat the entire coaster in Modge Podge to seal the picture and make it water resistant]
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  • Anonymous
    July 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This is great, Must give it a go, will it also work on a painted wooden board?

    • Gina Michele
      July 31, 2013 at 1:03 am

      I know the process works on lighter colors (you can even use it on a piece of artist's canvas) I'm not sure if it would work on wood that's been painted dark…

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2013 at 2:44 am

      Hi Gina, Thanks for the reply. No it probably wouldn't look good on something painted dark. I'll try it out on different woods and colors before I do any thing to put up on the wall, will also give the canvas idea a go.

  • Hanna K.
    July 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    So cool! I love the pic you used!

  • Anonymous
    August 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Wonder if it would work on a ceramic 4"x4" tile?

  • Meg Cupman
    August 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Does this work for an inkjet printer or laser printer or both?


  • Gina Michele
    August 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    As far as I know, this Modge Podge method only works with inkjet printers. There are other types of transfer (using different gel mediums)that will work with laser printers.

  • Ellen S
    July 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    What type of Mod Podge did you use? The store near me has glossy, matte, acrylic, outdoor, gloss, satin, and hard coat

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