Vintage Photo Boards

Vintage Photo Boards

This project shows how to transfer a black and white picture onto a wood panel.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy

2’ x 3’ x ½” Plywood
2’ x 3’ Black and white picture printed on an inkjet printer
Spray acrylic polyurethane
Clear-drying adhesive sealer (e.g. White glue)
Small bucket of water
Wet rags
Plastic burnisher or piece of stiff cardboard


1. Pour clear-drying adhesive sealer over the plywood and spread it evenly over the entire surface with a plastic burnisher (See images below)

2. Line the edge of the black and white picture up with the edge of the plywood and lay it face down over the adhesive (See image below)


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3. Starting in the center and working out to the edges, use the plastic burnisher to push all the excess adhesive sealer out from between the plywood and the paper. Check for air bubbles and push them out to the edges too with the burnisher. Any areas where bubbles are left or there is excess adhesive, the image won’t transfer properly to the wood

4. Allow the adhesive to dry for at least 2 – 4 hours. You can help speed up the drying process by passing a hairdryer over the back of the paper

5. Once the adhesive is completely dry, pour water all over the paper to saturate it. With a wet rag, carefully start to rub away the paper leaving the image on the wood. Pour more water onto the surface as needed to help remove the paper (See image below)

6. Once all the paper is removed, leave the wood to dry completely. The time this takes will vary but most likely 2 – 3 hours. Don’t move on to the next step until the wood is completely dry

7. In a well-ventilated area, spray the entire wood surface with spray acrylic polyurethane to seal the image onto the wood

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