Photo Transfer | Hunter Museum of American Art 7.0.33-0+deb9u10

Photo Transfer


  • Plate, wooden plaque, or glass
  • Sponge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Water
  • Modge Podge 
  • Laser copy of photo (print photo in reverse)
  • Clear poly-based spray or paint

Just like the artwork, a plate with a picture on it, you can make a plate, mug, or plaque that has a picture on it too! Framed photos make great gifts, but adding a photo to an object can take it up a notch! Using a simple photo transfer technique, you can transform the mundane into a meaningful treasure.



  1. Print a copy of your photo on a laser printer (if you don’t have one, most major office supply stores are happy to print these for you). Make sure the image is printed in reverse or mirror and that it’s printed to the size of your object.
  2. Using the sponge brush, paint a generous amount of Mod Podge onto the printed surface of your image and adhere the image printed side down to your object (think of it like a temporary tattoo).
  3. Smooth out any air bubbles and let it dry overnight.
  4. The next day when the surface is dry, wet the paper with a damp sponge. Rub the sponge gently over the surface to remove the paper. Don’t try to scrape the paper off – this will remove the image. Just continue to dampen the sponge and rub in a circular motion until all of the paper has been removed. You may need to let the object dry again (not overnight this time, just until the paper dries), and take another pass with this process in order to remove all of the paper.
  5. When you’re satisfied with the way your image looks, you can apply a coat of clear poly-based protectant. Still, make sure to hand wash and air dry your object when cleaning. We’re sure Dad will love receiving a photo-gift that depicts the two of you together.

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Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges

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