I used Silhouette temporary tattoo paper to transfer the image to the slice of wood, but you won’t even need a Silhouette to make this. You probably already have an inkjet printer, washcloth, and scissors laying around. Just pick up a wood slice (under 11″ at its widest point) and Silhouette temporary tattoo paper and you’ll be ready to start.
Print your picture following the directions on the package of temporary tattoo paper. Make sure you flip your photo so it will transfer correctly onto the wood. I recommend using the settings your printer has for photos. Follow the directions on the tattoo paper just like you were going to create a temporary tattoo.
Cut around the photo leaving plenty of room for the wood slice to fit.
Remove the shiny, clear sheet from the tattoo paper. Very carefully, place the wood slice down over the photo. Center it carefully because you won’t be able to make any adjustments once the wood slice has touched the sticky photo.
Use scissors to trim the photo as close to the wood slice as possible.
Wet a washcloth and gently press it on top of the photo.
You should see the picture show through little by little as it gets transferred from the paper to the wood.
Once the photo has transferred, peel the paper off of the wood.
To finish off the edges very gently dab the wet washcloth along the edge of the wood. It should shrink up any uneven pieces of the photo transfer.
This is seriously one of the easiest projects I’ve made and it turned out even better than I was expecting. The photo transferred so cleanly and colorfully. Did you know that you can use Silhouette temporary tattoo paper to transfer a photo onto most unfinished wooden surfaces? I like how the rings in the wood show through the photo just a bit. This gift was a hit and something I look forward to trying again.