Jan 20, 2012

PHOTO ON WOOD WALL HANGING

This tutorial is available in my eBook "Top 20 Crafts from: The Winthrop Chronicles" buy your copy HERE
As I have mentioned before, I am slowly transforming our guest bedroom in to Elly's room (right now she is in a little nursery near our bedroom). This is one more wall hanging that will go in her room. I used basically the same technique as this name wall hanging.
first: print off the picture you want to use. I printed it on white card stock paper, so that it would have extra thickness and not wrinkle when I put glue on it.
second: spray paint a piece of wood. I used a scrap piece of wood and trimmed up the picture to match the size.
third: get out your mod podge and coat the piece of wood with the glue. If you use anything other than mod podge, you should do a test sample first to make sure it won't wrinkle the paper. Mod podge did not wrinkle the card stock.
fourth: after you have placed the photo on top of the glue and have let it dry thoroughly, use sandpaper to rough up the edges.
fifth: go over the photo with a thin layer of mod podge to seal it.
sixth: I spray painted some eye hooks and just screwed them in to the top of the wood.

seventh: tie on a ribbon so that it can hang on a nail. Or you can just lean it against the wall on a dresser or attach a piece of wood on the back so that it stands up. 

76 comments:

  1. This turned out great! I love how you distressed it. Just found on Pinterest!
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  2. wow...she looks just like the "Gerber baby"!! so cute!!

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  3. Would love to do this! Any suggestions as to where to get that size wood plaque if you don't normally have any scraps around? Thanks!

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    1. I would check out craft stores like Hobby Lobby. You could probably find some wood plaques and then you don't have to limit yourself to a square or rectangle, you could do oval or round too... in fact I might try that :)

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    2. Also home depot or lowes, they can cut a piece of wood in whatever size you need for about 25 cents and the wood there is a lot cheaper!

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  4. So lovely and brilliant! I might try it! Sarah, would you be interested in guest posting at my blog Stardust? I host a guest blogger every Friday so let me know if you're interested!
    Love, Olga
    www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com

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  5. love this! where did you print this...i am not sure where to print that large on cardstock.

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    1. Oh I just printed in on my home printer, it is just a 5 x7 print, so about half a normal sheet of paper.

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  6. Can I use an actual photo printed on photo paper? Or does it have to be on plain white cardstock/computer paper?
    Does it also matter if the photo is in color?
    thanks - can't wait to try!

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    1. I have never used an actual photo before but why not give it a try! I think the only hiccup, if there is one, is the sanding around the edges part, I don't know how that would go but I am sure it would be fine. And you can do color or black and white it doesn't matter. Have fun!

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    2. I have done it with normal photoes. It works great, but I did not distress the edges. I left a 1/2 around the pic like a matt finish. p.s. Good idea with normal printing paper. :)

      Angela

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  7. I've had this project on my mind for a few weeks now, but had forgotten where I saw it. Thankfully I found it again and now it's bookmarked. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Just found this via pinterest... I love anything with photo's. Thanks and cnsider yourself 'pinned'! :)

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  9. Did you use glossy or matte mod podge? So cute!

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  10. I made six 5 x 7's with different family photos. They turned out AWESOME! I used wire on the back to hang them.

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  11. Did you use a inkjet printer or a laser printer?

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  12. I am making this right now with a trial photo of my mother and I... I have a one month old and if it works out for me I will be covering a wall of his photos like this! Very cool and easy!!

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  13. Do u use modge podge or some type of glue to attach the picture to the rood?

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    1. I use mod podge to attach the photo to the wood.

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    1. This piece of wood was about 8.5 inches x 6 inches. It was half of a normal sheet of paper.

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  15. Did you use just the classic mod podge

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    1. I use the "matte mod podge." The actual brand name mod podge.

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  16. Just made mini versions of these using our wedding photos as Christmas ornaments for our parents - Thanks for the great idea!

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  17. Just found this on Pinterest & I love it! One question...... After it's dry, do you just peal the paper off?

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    1. No, I just print the photo right on card stock and modge pod that to the wood. There is no added paper.... I'm not sure what you're referencing.... maybe you have used a decal sort of thing before?

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  18. Ohhhhh..... ok. Now I get it. I thought you were transferring the picture onto the wood as opposed to adhering it. Thanks a lot! I'm definitely going to give it a try!

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  19. I just love this! I have four girls and I love photography--this seems like the perfect project for me! :)

    I just started a new blog if you want to check it out sometime: www.harvardhomemaker.com

    Take care!

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  20. What kind of glue did you use?

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  21. thank you for this great tutorial! i just completed a couple photos for my daughter's room following your step-by-step instructions. i love how it turned out. i left a link in my blog post back to your blog (this post) so others can have fun with it too :)

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  22. LOVE it! I tried doing this a different way and it didn't work so well.... SO, after searching the interweb to DEATH, I found this on Pinterest. I will let you know how it goes!!! I'm doing a BIG one... so I will test it out on a smaller photo first. THANKS!!!

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  23. Hi. What a cute idea! I would like to do this with a 16 x 20 print of an old lighthouse. Would that be too big? Also, I already printed the photo on photo paper. Will the mod podge still work?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi, I have never used an actual photo to do this, but it's worth a try! I only do a 8 x 10 usually or smaller so that I can print it from my home printer, but a bigger size would be just fine.

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  24. Hi, I was wonder if that was one long piece of ribbon, Im doing these for xmas present and I'm having a hard time visualizing how you tied the ribbon. GREAT IDEA by the way!! :)

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    1. Yes it is one long ribbon and so at the top, there is the bow and also a second piece of the ribbon hanging on the nail.. does that make sense?

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    2. yes! Thank you!

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    3. I tried this but when I put the modge podge on the front it made the ink run and the photo turned blue

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    4. hmmm.... It may be the quality of the ink and printer, or the ink may not have dried long enough, or you may have used too much mod podge. And I use the brand name mod podge with the matte finish. I am not sure if that makes a difference or not. Try those things and maybe one of those things will work.

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  25. Thanks for the wonderful idea :) I am going to make ornaments for my daycare moms with this idea! I've never mod podged before so am hoping this will work out great!

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  27. does it matter what kind of printer you use to print the photo ?

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    1. I don't think so... I just have an Epson ink printer.

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  28. I just did this and used regular pics printed from mpix, turned out amazing, can't wait to do black and whites with distressed edges!!!

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  29. Hi...I love this idea...I went to Lowes & had a good size board cut into 8x10 and 5x7. It was $9 and I got a bunch. I was wondering do I have to paint the whole board black when using a color photo?
    Thanks!!!

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    1. I would paint the back and sides, but you don't need to paint the front where you are glueing on the photo. I am glad you like it! Good luck with yours!

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    2. That would be a great idea though.

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  30. Could i print it in color?

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    1. Yes of course, it's whatever you prefer.

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  31. Just curious if you've tried anything else along the edges of the wood instead of the black spray paint? I've heard some people say they use a dark wood stain to get more of a rustic look. Thoughts?

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    1. No, I haven't. I say try it. If I were to do it, I would say do it after you have applied the top coat of mod podge to your photo. Otherwise the stain would color the paper. And if you do it at the very beginning, you wouldn't be able to sand it, and I think you need the sanding so that you don't see the paper edges as much.

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    2. I ended up using the stain. I only stained the back of the wood and the sides. I didn't put anything besides the glue and the photo on the front. It turned out AWESOME!!! I followed your same steps and did the stain first instead of the spray paint and it dried pretty quickly. Thanks for the awesome project and Father's Day gift idea :)

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  32. Also, I'm planning on making a bunch of these today for Father's Day gifts. Any idea how long it typically takes the glue to dry until you put the coat on the top? Curious if I'll need to leave it over night or if it just needs a few hours.

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  33. Does it matter what kind of paint you put on the wood?

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    1. No, I don't think so, but I have only used regular latex paint. I think you would be fine using any kind of paint though.

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  35. Every time I go to wipe off the paper it takes the picture off the wood I had one turn out good but when it dried it was cloudy so I wipe it again 5 times and still cloudy I really want to do one of these but need help so if someone can email at stephenpats40@gmail.com I would appreciate it

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    1. Hi, I am not sure at what step you are "wiping off the paper." Are you using matte mod podge?

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  36. Hi - What kind of wood did you use? I'm thinking of making 70 of these babies for Christmas gifts and I want the eye hooks to go in as smoothly as possible (without a drill). Thanks!

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    1. Wow that sounds like a big job! I used particle board if I remember right??? Or you could use common board-that's what I use for all of my baby stats subway art that I sell.

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  37. Thank you Sarah for this project!! The ones I did turned out awesome!!! My friend was in tears as she opened each one!! What a great gift for people - so easy to make but it means so much to that person! Thanks again!

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  38. Hi Sarah,my problem is the pic.comes out good but when i mod podge r not it becomes cloudy . Cant really any more off without tearing photo . I used liquidtex matte gel and mod podge yellow bottle matte. I have tried color and black & white.Any suggestions ?

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    1. Hmm.. It goes on cloudy and then dries clear whenever I do it. I use the Matte Mod Podge. I'm not sure why it would be drying cloudy unless there too much mod podge on there??? Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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  39. Did you have your pictures printed out somewhere or did you do them at home? I tried this using an inkjet printed but the colors kind of blended together?

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    1. I just printed them at home with my inkjet Epson printer. I haven't had problems with the ink bleeding, I would suggest waiting for a while before applying the mod podge to make sure that the ink is dry. Also be very careful with applying on the mod podge in brush strokes because I imagine it could bleed at that stage in making it. Or you could try a spray mod podge to see if that works better. Good luck!

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  40. That's cool how you sanded off the edges. I normally do my faux canvases on a canvas board, but like the wood idea too. I usually use photos rather than printing them off on my printer. Such a good idea! I love mod podge. I also add some paint stippled onto the photo, but if I were to sand the edges, that would give an interesting look as well. Here's my tutorial if you'd like to take a look: http://lovemydiyhome.com/diy-canvases-easy-youll-amazed/ Your little one is a sweetie. Isn't it amazing what we can do with photos these days? I love black and white photos - so sharp. I'm wondering, have you ever sprayed mod podge? I saw that in one of your comments.

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    1. Yes, I have used the spray mod podge, but prefer the other type better. I like a thicker coating and the spray didn't seem too thick, but worked just fine.

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  41. That's a great idea!..I am so impressed… I am not very skilled at this sort of thing, but you make it look so easy! Remodeling Miami

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  42. Just finished the picture! I'm so excited! !!! Love how you explained it, so easy.

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  43. What kind of paper and ink do I have to use?

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