Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate our house. So many great ways to give your house a fun and festive look. Even better when you can make a great DIY decoration.
Last year, I made a piece of art for Halloween and actually kept it up all year long because I loved how it came out. There is just something fun about the anatomical look for Halloween. I wanted to incorporate that look with a fun twist so I came up with this Anatomical Heart DIY Wood Transfer. Guess what? You can make it too!
All you need is a:
piece of untreated wood, a ink jet printer, wax paper, and a credit card
To find a good image, I just googled Anatomical Heart and imported it into Pages on my Mac, if you have a PC, I’m sure you can put it in a word document or photoshop. Now, this is important!
*Make sure you reverse the image, so that it will print backwards!!!*
Next, tape a piece of wax paper to a piece of regular computer paper and load it into your ink jet printer so that the image will print on the wax paper.
Before you print, you will need to wet your piece of wood. You want it damp enough to be able to absorb the ink but not soaking to where the ink runs. I used a washcloth to wet the wood and to also wipe away extra water. You will need to work fast after you wet your piece of wood because you don’t want the wood to dry too much before you can place your ink transfer down on the wood.
Print your backward image onto the piece of wax paper. Be gentle when you move it because the wax paper allows the ink to sit on top of the paper. If you touch it, the ink will smudge. The image will look lighter after it prints. This is normal.
Gently, place the image face down on the piece of wood. Be careful not to move the page once it is down. Take your credit card or any other plastic card, I used my Anthro card, and gently smooth the piece of paper over the wood. I did this several times making sure the paper didn’t shift while “ironing” the image onto the wood.
Gently lift the the piece of paper off the wood and you should see your image imprinted on the wood. The wood will still be a little damp and the ink might still smudge but it will dry. And ta-da, you have a great new piece of Halloween art!
Love and Hope, Em