I’m excited to be sharing my Valentine’s Day Subway Art on Wood project with you today for a couple of reasons.
First, because I’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to print on wood. Well, not really “print on wood” – you obviously can’t put wood through a printer! But I found a really easy way to transfer anything that you print (including photos) onto wood and I can’t wait to show you how too! Well I didn’t really find this method. It kinda found me.
I’ve tried the various methods of transferring images onto wood using a special solvent or Mod Podge but I never had any success. Just a big, gloppy mess. Until now.
Let me introduce you to my new favorite crafting product by Nufun Activities. It’s their Inkjet Printable Iron-On Heat Transfer Paper. Nufun Activities sent me a pack of their transfer paper last year and I finally got around to trying it out. Wow! I shouldn’t have waited so long!
I am having a blast with this stuff. My grandson and I made photo collages on wood – I’ll show you those in another post. For now, I want to show exactly how I made Valentine Subway Art on Wood.
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How to make Valentine Subway Art on Wood
- subway art (you can make this, download mine, or find one on Pinterest – just search for “Valentine Subway Art Printable” and you’ll find a ton of them)
- scrap plywood cut down to size of your subway art (I made mine 8-1/2 x 11)
- NuFun Activities Transfer paper
- inkjet printer (I have one similar to this, a wide format printer and I love it!)
Step 1 – Print the design
Load a sheet of the NuFun Activities Iron-on Transfer paper into printer. (Please know in advance which direction you need to place the paper. Mine is placed face up.) You want the image to print on the unlined (matte) side of the transfer paper.
Using your computer, open the design image to be transferred. Mirror or flip the image before printing. (NOTE: mine has already been flipped for you ; )
Print image/design on paper.
Use scissors to cut around the image if it doesn’t take up the entire sheet.
Step 2 – Transfer the design
Preheat the iron to “Linen”.
Place the printed transfer face down (lined side up) on the wood.
Using FIRM, STEADY pressure, glide the iron over the entire transfer for about 5 minutes. Lift corners to see if transfer is complete. Paper will lift easily when transfer is completed.
Now isn’t this a fast, clean and easy way to “print on wood”?!?!
This subway art above is from the Silhouette Online Store.
If you use Silhouette Studio, I have shown the design ID #, and how I color-filled and reversed the image before printing.
Here’s a short video showing the ironing process:
After the images were iron onto the wood, I lightly sanded and added some dark antiquing wax to the boards.
Step 3 – Framing the art (optional)
I think adding a frame makes for a more finished-looking piece of art, don’t you? And it’s really easy. Let me show you how I do it.
I cut narrow strips of scrap wood (in this case pallet wood) with my Ryobi band saw. (Currently my favorite power tool ; )
And attached the frame pieces with a Ryobi Narrow Crown Stapler.
For the subway art above, I attached the frame to the backside of the piece.
Here are a few more of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts (just click on the photo to see the tutorial)
To see more of my Valentine’s Day craft ideas please click here.
Disclosure: I received either product and/or monetary compensation from Nufun Activities for this post. All words are my own. As I always, I only recommend products that I use and love.
Also, here are 40+ more Valentine’s Day craft ideas from my crafting friends!