Do It Yourself Inkjet Image Wood Transfer

 

You’ve always seen some cute wood board wall decorations with cute quotes. Have you ever wondered if you could possibly do it yourself?

Wonder no more! This post aims to provide you with the know how for simple wood transfer of inkjet images. If you are worried that it just might be a waste of time and effort, why not try to experiment using a small piece of wood?

A bit of fair warning that you need to be very patient with this project to achieve the best results.

You’ll need:

An inkjet printer

A piece of cardstock

Mod Podge

Washable glue

Small sponge brush applicator

Wood board – choose the size that would best complement the image you will be transferring

To begin:

Carefully brush the washable glue onto the cardstock to achieve a smooth layer.

Make sure that the washable glue is evenly spread, and the entire cardstock surface is covered.

Set aside to thoroughly dry overnight.

Print the reverse side of your image or quote onto the glue side of the cardstock.

Carefully brush a thin coat of the Mod Podge onto the wood board surface.

Place your cardstock with the image face down onto the wood board while still wet.

Carefully smooth and press the cardstock to make sure that the image has a good contact with the wood. Put a heavy book on top if needed.

Set aside to thoroughly dry overnight. Do not attempt to peek before the time is up.

Soak the wood with the cardstock face down in water to make it soft and very wet.

Gently peel the cardstock off. For best results, gently peel off under running water.

Gently rub the image with your finger tip (no nails please) to remove any paper that has stuck on the wood.

All done! Wasn’t that easy? You now have your very own customized wood transfer design!

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2 Easy Do It Yourself Bookmark Ideas

Bookmarks are great in keeping the page where you left off. It also helps keep the quality of the book pages. Here are two do-it-yourself bookmark ideas that are pretty neat and fairly easy to do:

Fabric and Elastic Band Bookmark

You’ll need:

Thermal fabric

Felt fabric

Elastic band – about 10-12 inches in length

Needle and thread – same color as your elastic band

Glue gun

Printed shape pattern cut-out

Procedure:

Begin by tracing the cut-out pattern onto the wrong side of the thermal and felt fabrics.

Sew the elastic band onto the felt fabric.

Place the right side up of the thermal fabric onto the felt fabric with the sewn elastic band on the outside.

Carefully iron the top of the two fabrics. Make sure that the thermal fabric is properly heated onto the felt fabric.

Cut a small piece of felt fabric and hot glue onto the side of the elastic band to hide the sewn portion.

You can now use the bookmark for your reading pleasure.

One tip to remember is that you can always customize the shape and design. Try finding thermal fabric designs that would make the bookmark a cute personalized gift.

Paper Clip It

Yes, you read it right. You can use paper clips as bookmarks, but it doesn’t have to be just the plain old (and boring) paper clip.

You’ll need:

1/8-inch or 1/4-inch thick Ribbons – assortment of colors and designs

Paper clips – we recommend using the jumbo paper clip

Sharp pair of scissors

Procedure:

Cut the ribbons to your desired length using a sharp pair of scissors.

Attach 2-3 pieces of the ribbons to one end of the paper clip. You get to choose whether you want the same or an assortment of ribbon colors and designs per paper clip.

Another idea would be to tie the ribbon in a bow onto one end of the paper clip.

All done! Wasn’t that fairly easy?

Do you know of a bookmark idea that is fairly easy to do using scrap materials? Let us know! We’ll be happy to post an article about it.