DIY Photo Transfer Projects


I actually went to college to become a photographer, so I’m really excited about these DIY photo transfer projects. Nothing makes a more personal accent, gift, piece of art or memento than a photo… and we’ve found some great ideas for taking those amazing memories, and then transferring them to wood, fabric, even glass to create one of a kind (really one of a kind!) projects. Summer is coming, and with it tons of those amazing candid shots of family fun. Find ways to make it last! Our featured project, above, is from A Beautiful Mess. This is an easy tutorial on how to make your own canvas portrait by transferring an image with gel medium. Frankly, I think this looks amazing on these b&w old photos… and no, you don’t ruin the photo itself! Read her easy instructions, this is a great first project for anyone trying this.

The Ruffled Blog brings us this DIY canvas photo art by Rachael Grace Photography… I love this one because even though she used a color photo, she still chose to make it look aged and imperfect, which of course, is PERFECT! She also has some great tips. Read what she says about furniture polish.



From Southern Revivals, this DIY pallet photo frame with photo transfer project is easy, and of course we all love the idea of using repurposed wood, for…anything. :) She has an important tip for you…if you use her directions and use Mod Podge for the transfer, make sure your photo is a laser print…not an inkjet.

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Wanna really make your Instagram account useful? Make this photo transfer Instagram block from Mod Podge Rocks.



Still got  your bottle of Mod Podge out? Then try this photo to wood transfer project by Crafts Unleashed. Just as easy!



Find out how to transfer photos to fabric to create these nature inspired pillows by BHG.




From ‘The Customize Windows’, easy steps on how to transfer photos to wood, metal or glass.




If that wasn’t enough, I had to throw this last one in here, because it is so incredible. Amazing. Beautiful. And easy! (OK, simple, if not easy…) ‘Art in Red Wagons’ did photo transfers on glass…but not just any glass… Beach glass! These are crazy! Love! So cool, I’m including two shots of it. Wow! (Did I say that already?)



Image Credits: Ruffled, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Revivals, Mod Podge Rocks, Crafts Unleashed, BHG, The Customize Windows, Art in Red Wagons


  1. Such cute ideas! Thanks so much for sharing my pallet photo frames!

  2. Awesome ideas and tutorials. Thanks❤️

  3. I adore the quilt in your duck pillow picture! Adore adore! What pattern is that? I love it!

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Hi Jody, The duck pillow is a project by BHG, so I have no idea, any readers out there have a clue as to the quilt pattern?

  4. That’s a beautiful idea transferring images onto glass! I do event photography, such as weddings and engagements, I might start offering that as well!

  5. Marty Daugherty says:

    Hi Kathy, You have beautiful work! Thanks much for sharing. I have a question about Transfer Image using a “Toner Cloner Marker” on to old glass window. Using the toner cloner marker I put my image (printed from Laser and in mirror image) on the glass side of the window the ink really didn’t come through then I tried using the side of the glass that I painted with Chalk Paint using the same procedure and still didn’t stick. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you, Marty

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Hi Marty! I don’t have any experience with that, but each of the projects on the post has a link back to the original blogger, and they may be able to help you more!

  6. can i do this on a piece of painted wood??

  7. Would this work on laminate?

  8. Can you transfer colored pictures to glass just like black and white?

  9. Could this work with an inkjet printer instead of a laser printer?

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Those are not our projects, but the instructions for one of them says specifically it MUST be a laser printer…not an inkjet. Hope that helps!

  10. I Love transferring photo’s! I do mine on canvas! Great page!

  11. Beutiful

  12. DANIELLE says:

    what kind of paper are you supposed to use to print on when wanting to transfer photos onto stone?

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      We haven’t tried that, but we would think it would be the same instructions as for the wood projects. Hope that helps!

  13. Gina Bennett says:

    Hi, hoping to do a photo transfer to wood but I saw another pin & they said to reverse the photo before printing? Now I’m thinking do I have to reverse it or will it not look right & well now I’m just confused on how it will look lol! I didn’t see anything about reversing the photo here but thought I would double check before I get started!

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      I have never reversed the photo… maybe thats only for people concerned about it showing exactly like the photo? Because when you transfer, it’s going to face the opposite way like a mirror image, but if that doesn’t bother you, transfer on!

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