I have to admit that my mom and I were a little discouraged when we met up for a craft date yesterday. The last time we crafted together, the results were.. well.. mediocre. We only ended up with one of the originally six paper mache tea lights. All others landed in the trash..
But this project turned out great! We were really pleased with the results! :)
My mom had found the tutorial on a German blog called “dekoherz” a couple weeks back and we just had to give it a try.
I had this old tray laying around that was just waiting on being brought back to life.
So, this is what I did:
I used chalk paint to paint the tray an off-white color and decided on an old french advertisement graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
What you’ll need:
- copies or prints from a laser printer (color or black & white)
- if it has writing on it, make sure to reverse the image
- photo transfer medium (I believe Mod Podge makes it in the US)
- a tray (or other surface)
- a flat brush
- a sponge
- hair dryer
- Pick an image or graphic and print it mirrored.
- Give both the surface you want to transfer the graphic on and the printed paper (on the printed side) a good coat of the photo transfer gel.
- Place the coated paper, printed side down, onto the surface and use a squeegee (or old credit card/discount card) to smooth out the paper. Wipe any excess gel off with a damp cloth.
- Blow dry for about 10 minutes and let cool.
- Now the fun part! Use a sponge to wet the paper and then start rubbing the sponge over the graphic until the paper starts to peel off. All that will be left is the water-proof ink.
- Let dry and seal by applying another coat of the transfer gel.
You can also use this technique on metal, glass, fabric, .. pretty much anything you can think of! :)
I’m partying here! ❤