In the last installment of our custom photo gift series, I wanted to aim for something different for good ole’ dad. Dads can be the hardest person to find a gift for and you don’t usually think of him as the recipient of a photo gift. However, I think this wood transfer idea says manly and heartfelt, perfect for Father’s Day!


What you need:

photo 1 (3)A piece of Wood— the possibilities here are endless. Make sure you sand down and clean off the surface you are transferring to for best results.
Inkjet printer
Shipping labels
Matte finish sealer spray
Matte gel medium
Clear drying glue
2 foam brushes
Credit card or gift card


What to do:

1. Remove the labels from the shipping labels and throw them away. The parts you want to use are the backing of the labels.

2. If there are perforated seams on the back of the paper, tape them so they don’t break during printing or application.

3. Spray the back of the paper with an even coat of the spray-on sealer. Let it dry completely.

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4. Use your foam brush to add a thin layer of glue on the entire backing and let it dry.

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5. Time to print! Pick your favorite digital picture and print it on the paper you have prepped with the spray-on sealer and glue. You want to make sure you print on the side with the glue.

* Be careful not to smudge your picture once it has printed.

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6. With a foam brush, apply the matte gel to the wood you are using. Make sure to coat the entire surface. photo 2 (5)

7. Immediately place your image face down on the wood. Do not pick up and replace. With your credit card and working from the center out to the edges, press and push out air bubbles. photo 4


8. Let it dry for 90 minutes. Then slowly peel the paper from the wood.

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9. Add a coat of clear sealer and you have a really cool gift!

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What is your favorite photo gift idea? Do you have another great idea for a photo gift for Father’s Day? Share them here!



Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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