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DIY Print on Wood

Ever had that great arts and crafts idea you never were able to do because it requires resources you don’t have? It’s time-consuming, expensive, and/or too complicated to do. I have always wanted to print my digital masterpieces on various things like on the wall, on a bag, smooth stones, and wood.

DIY Print on Wood Samples

That’s why I am so glad I discovered, through the source mentioned below, that we don’t need expensive and special materials and equipment to print on wood!

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You’ll need these materials:

  • Unfinished wood surface (smooth, the lighter the better)
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Card (for transferring the image, ATM card)


DIY Print on Wood

Cut the wax paper into a bond paper size and have it ready on your inkjet printer.

DIY Print on Wood

On your computer, reverse the image you will be using before printing – especially if it contains some text!

Check the wax paper and guide it while it’s printing. Make sure it doesn’t roll and touch itself or else the ink will smudge, and your image is ruined.

DIY Print on Wood

Now you will have to be more careful at this stage: you have to place the wax paper exactly where you want the image to be. There are no second takes!

Because once the paper touches the wood you must not move it or the ink will smudge.

DIY Print on Wood

Holding the paper properly in its place, stroke the image with your card. You have to do this quickly and pressing hard enough for the image to be transferred nicely. But make sure you don’t destroy the paper.

You can carefully lift the corner of the image to check if it is transferring nicely.

You might miss some spots so make sure you go through the entire image with your card.

DIY Print on Wood Sample

If you think and believe you have transferred the whole image, carefully lift up the paper and appreciate your DIY project!

Coat the wood with a clear matte spray.

Thanks to The Art of Doing Stuff for this great project.