12 Easy Image Transfer Methods for DIY Projects

Time and time again, the question that I get asked most frequently by my readers, is “How can I transfer your Graphics on to _____”.   Even though I have numerous Transfer Methods on my blogs, and links to others, I have to admit the information is difficult to find since it is spread out in a very unorganized manner! So I thought it was high time I consolidate it all in one place so that you can easily find the method that you want to use for your particular project. Below you will find links to 12 different ways to Transfer onto pretty much any type of material, some are my own Tutorials, some are from friends or readers and a couple of them I found online.

1) How to Transfer Typography onto Furniture : This is a two part Tutorial showing how to blow up your image really big, using a free program, and an easy cheap transfer method, so that you can paint your image on large or small pieces of Furniture, Walls or Signs. Great for painted wood pieces or natural wood.

2) The Citra Solv Method : This method uses a cleaning product called Citra Solv. This one works well with Fabric projects, like Towels, Pillows, Chair Seats and Lampshades. This method will give you a slightly faded, slightly imperfect, transfer for an old world look.

3) The Wax Paper Method: I have yet to try this method, but it looks amazing! The only supplies you need are your Printer and some Wax Paper and the super simple Tutorial from Angela at Unexpected Elegance! I’ve seen this one used on Painted and Natural Wood and Painted Metal.

4) The Freezer Paper Method: This one is similar to the one above, only you use Freezer Paper instead of Wax Paper. Lesa at Home Frosting has a fabulous Tutorial that shows you how to use this method on Fabric.

5) The Iron On Method: In this Tutorial I show you how to do an Iron on Transfer, using my favorite Transfer Paper. I consider this brand to be the “Holy Grail” of Transfer Papers, as it completely blows away the other stuff out there. If you’ve tried doing Iron Ons in the past, with crappy results, you will love this stuff! Great for any Fabric Projects.

6) Printing on Fabric: Gail at My Repurposed Life, shows you how to cut out the middle man, and print directly onto fabric, with your home printer! For those of you that sew (or don’t mind gluing your projects) this is a really fun method!

7) The Mod Podge Method: Good old Mod Podge, is there anything this stuff can’t do?!! This excellent Tutorial by Katie at Matsuke explains how to use this technique to Transfer onto Wood.  I’ve also seen this used on Fabric, Canvas, Terra Cotta and even shiny Ceramic pieces.  This is a really popular method and super versatile since you can use it on so many materials!

8) The Projector Method: Marian from Miss Mustard Seed shares her Sign Making secrets, using an Overhead Projector to transfer images onto wood! This method can be used for Painted or Natural Wood.

9) Using Water Slide Decals: Learn how to use Water Slide Decals to transfer images onto Glass, Soap, Candles and Paper, with this fun technique. Carol from The Polka Dot Closet will walk you through all the steps!

10) The Blender Pen Method: Rosemary from Villa Barnes demonstrates this fast and easy Method using an inexpensive Blender Pen to transfer onto Fabric. I’ve also seen this used on Wood.

11) The Omni Gel Method: In this Tutorial I explain how to use a liquid substance called Omni Gel, to transfer images onto Tumbled Marble Tiles for Coasters. I’ve also used this on Painted Wood.

12) Transferring onto Canvas: I’m including two projects for this last category, they both use the same technique but with different substances. Tracy at Distressed Decor used Mod Podge on her Canvas and Trisha at Whimsy Art Studios used Gesso for hers.

Well hopefully that will clear things up. Feel free to grab  my Transfer Printables to use in your projects.  Have fun transferring!

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much. I would love to learn to do this and I need all the help I can get. I really appreciate it.

  2. Once I click on the image I want, how do I mirror image it (my printer won’t do this) and shrink the size to fit what I am working on.

  3. wow!!!!! The “How to Transfer Typography onto Furniture” has really helped me a lot making a birthday present for my grandad. thank god you were here to help. you have saved my day !

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