Wax paper graphic transfer

January 19, 2016 By: The Practical Fanatic

I didn’t want to just throw away this old pine box. It needed to be made into something functional and well, it needed a graphic. You could use this wax paper DIY image transfer on a wood plaque, a sign, a tabletop or any kind of wood project you have. I read about this wax paper transfer technique so I decided to grab a graphic and try it out on this box. What did I have to loose, right?

old box

Supplies I used: 

Wax paper (you can also use freezer paper), an ink jet printer, a credit card, tape, scissors and object you want to transfer to.  

Slightly wet the wood.

Slightly wetting the wood helps the ink to soak in.  I used a slightly damp cloth and quickly ran it over the box where I would place the graphic.  Not too wet, or your ink will run.

wet the wood

Cut your wax paper.

Next, I cut my wax paper just under the size of my printer paper (8-1/2 x 11) and taped the wax paper, wax side up to a piece of printer paper. 

Remember to mirror image  your graphic before you begin so that it comes out the right way when you are finished.  

For this project, I wanted my graphic larger than a regular piece of paper so I split my graphic in half and taped them together once they came out of the printer.  Notice this is a mirror image of my graphic.

use wax paper
Printed transfer

As soon as your graphic comes off of the printer, you have to work quickly.   Once your image is in place you can not move it.  I placed my image on the box and taped the sides. 

With a credit card, I quickly and firmly scraped the surface of the paper for about five minutes.  I also used a spoon as another tool to ensure I used enough pressure on the image transfer.

swipe with credit card

Be careful to lift the image transfer carefully. 

There will still be ink on your graphic so lift straight up so that smearing does not occur.

Paper transfer

After I lifted the wax paper from the box, I carefully went over the transferred ink on the box with black paint using tiny brush. Sand over the graphic for a distressed look.

wooden box finished

The old box now has a nice graphic and for the first time using this technique, it turned out pretty good.

I placed a couple of old quilts in the box on the floor beside the fireplace.

I hope you are inspired.

Jeanne Marie – The Practical Fanatic