Rob and I learned how to do a wood photo transfer over the holiday break as a sentimental gift to give away to grandparents and friends. I was so impressed with how simple it was (and affordable) that it got my mind spinning on some other ways to apply my new skillset. While in the kitchen, it dawned upon me: a DIY decorative cutting board! It’d be a great way to dress up a blank spot in the kitchen.
If you’d like to make your own wood photo transfer cutting board, here’s what you’ll need:
- An art print of your choice. You can grab the one I made in the Freebies Library. (Password instructions at bottom of post.)
- Unfinished wood cutting board.
- Clear Wood Finish.
- Tupperware or Bucket.
- Wood Conditioner. Not pictured, but important (whoops). Here’s what we used.
- White Acrylic Paint and Brush. Not pictured.
- Print your picture, reversed, on a laser jet printer. (This is important, as this type of ink is what makes it transfer so nicely.) If you don’t have one, consider visiting your local office supply store and printing it there.
- Wipe down your cutting board to make sure there’s not any dust on it that could mess up the photo transfer.
- Apply polycrylic using your brush in a thin, even layer to the cutting board.
- Evenly place your art print face down on the polycrylic side of the board.
- Smooth art print.
- Let dry for one hour.
- Apply a thin layer of warm water to the print. Use a toothbrush to begin scrubbing off the paper. (Don’t scrub too hard or the ink may begin to come off.)
- Once the thickest parts of the paper are scrubbed away, continue scrubbing with your hands in a soft, circular motion until all of the paper is removed.
- Let dry.
- If it dries and there is still paper on the board, repeat the removal process and let dry again.
- Using a small brush and acrylic paint, paint your design on the board! Let dry.
- Condition the board with wood conditioner. This will brighten up the board and remove any tell-tale signs of paper residue. Let dry.
- Spray with clear wood finish and let dry. You’re done!
* See the paper residue in the photo above? Once wood conditioner is applied, this will go away for good.
How cute is that? It’d make a great gift for somebody, or as a decorative addition to your own kitchen!
* If you want to use this cutting board for food, make sure to seal it with a food-safe finish and use the non-decorative side for anything food-related.
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