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Mod Podge Photo Transfer

Learn our foolproof method for putting a photo on wood or canvas and create a masterpiece. Easy mod podge photo transfer instructions.
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Drying Time3 d


  • Laser Printed Photo on normal paper, reversed
  • Wood Surface
  • Regular Mod Podge Matte
  • Foam Paintbrush
  • Spray Bottle or Sponge


  • Paint an even layer of Mod Podge across the entire wood surface.
    Painting mod podge on the wood pallet sign
  • Place the printed photo face down onto the wood. Smooth it out using a credit card or brayer and wipe off any excess mod podge that squeeze out the edges.
    Hand using credit card to smooth photo down
  • Allow wood piece to dry for 72 hours.
  • Spray the back of the photo with water or dampen it with a sponge.
    Photo starting to show through wet paper
  • Gently start rubbing the wet paper. Paper fibers will rub off under your finger. Continue rubbing gently. When the paper dries, get it wet again and keep rubbing.
    Finger rubbing wet paper fibers off gently to show picture through
  • You will begin to see the photo showing through. As it dries, it will get cloudy again. You will have to repeat the process, wetting and rubbing across the entire surface of the photo, 3-4 times.
    Family photo is showing through, but some paper fibers remain making it cloudy in places
  • Wait a few minutes to see if any cloudy spots appear. If they do, get them wet and gently rub away the rest of the paper. Once the photo is clear, paint a thin layer of mod podge over the entire surface to seal it.
    Finish wood pallet photo transfer