Paint Stir Sticks Picture Frame {Mod Podge Image Transfer}

Mod Podge is one of the most versatile mediums in my craft arsenal.  It comes in a zillion different formulas and shine.  The latest Mod Podge I got to try was the Image Transfer.  Did you know you could use Mod Podge to transfer an image to fabric, wood, glass or virtually any other surface?  I also added paint sticks to create a wood frame around it.



Mod Podge Image Transfer

Matte Mod Podge

Foam Roller

Paint Sticks

Gorilla Glue Tape

Gorilla Glue Wood Glue

Miter Saw

Tape Measure

Foam brush

Pre Stain Conditioner

Stain of your choice



1.  I started by printing out a color copy of the image of my choice.  Make sure you choose the best print setting to get the best possible transfer.  Cut out the image.


2.  I cut my paint sticks down to size and then used the Gorilla Glue Tape on the back to hold it in place.  In hindsight, I wish I would have left a small gap between each of the sticks so it would look more pallet-ish.


3.  I also gave it a quick coat of silver spray paint.  I wasn’t sure if you would be able to see through the image or not.  But I really didn’t need to do this step.

4.  Put a medium coat of Mod Podge Image transfer over the top of your image.


5.  Press your image down onto the paint sticks and burnish it down.  It is very important that the image is stuck well to the paint sticks in order to get a great transfer.  You should be able to slightly see the image once burnished well. Let it sit 24 hours to dry.

6.  In the morning wet your image with a sponge.  Let it soak in for about 2 minutes.  Then slowly and lightly roll the paper off by rubbing your finger back and forth.  This takes about 10 minutes and makes a big mess.removing-paper-on-an-image-transfer

Tip:  Be careful of dark areas of your image.  The ink can transfer to your finger when you rub it.  You can then transfer it back to the image making it muddy.

7.  Once all of the paper has been removed let it dry.  Once dry give it a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to make it smooth. (Check out my painted DIY hands!)


8.  I then sealed the top with some Matte Mod Podge and a foam roller.


9.  While that was drying I cut my frame to size mitering the corners.

10.  I glued the corners up and put the Gorilla Glue on the back to hold it in place while the glue was drying.


11.  Once the glue dried I gave it a coat of Pre- Stain Conditioner followed by a coat of stain.staining-a-picture-frrame

12.  I glued the back of the frame onto the top of my paint sticked (did I just make that a verb?  Yep, totally) image transfer.  You can either clamp it for a tight seal or put a heavy object on top.

The transfer dulled the color a little almost making it look sepia.  It is a different kind of look, but it looks slightly rustic.  This is definitely a very cheap gift idea.

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