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Hey there! For everyone following along in the Ten Days of Christmas Inspiration Series, we are on day eight. Yesterday, Lara and Meghan at Jolly & Happy shared with us some scrumptious no-bake cookie recipes! I am loving all of the great ideas shared so far by these incredibly talented and creative bloggers.
If this is your first time visiting Birdie+Evie, welcome! My name is Hallie and I share recipes, a few home DIY’s, and little bit about my two little ones and life on our farm. Now it’s my turn to spread the Christmas cheer. Today’s inspiration is part free printable and part tutorial. I love free printables. Just print, frame, and you’re completely done! Here’s a few free Christmas printables I shared last year if you’re looking for more inspiration.
The printable image I’m sharing today is inspired by the song, “Do You Hear What I Hear”. I think it’s an absolutely beautiful song. When I was a kid, we had exactly two Christmas CD’s, Vince Gill and Kenny G, that my sister and I listened to on repeat during Christmas. I can still picture Vince Gill with his mullet on the cover of the CD. Forgiving him for his mullet (hey! It was the early 90’s!), Vince Gill’s version of the song remains one of my favorites.
To elevate the image and make it even more special for Christmas, I took this simple printable I created with watercolor trees and the song lyrics “A song, a song high above the trees” and mounted it on a wood slice board I found at Michaels. You can also use this same technique to mount any printable to wood. You really only need to make sure you have three things. A photo transfer medium, a picture printed with a laser printer, and something to mount it to. I used Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium but there are several other options on the market including these. If you have a laser printer at home you’re all set! If not, you can easily have the image printed at Staples relatively cheaply. If your image is like the one I’m sharing today and includes words, you need to make sure it’s a mirror image. All of the other materials that you need you probably have laying around your house.
- Photo transfer medium
- Laser printed image (mirror image if it includes words)
- Wood to mount the image on – wood slice plaque from Michaels
- Small paint brush or sponge
- Wax Paper
- Rag or sponge
- White Acrylic Paint
- Polycrylic clear coat
On a clean wood surface, paint a thin coat of white acrylic paint and let it dry. I used a slightly off white. The purpose of the paint is to camouflage where the photo medium transfer is (which will make more sense once you see everything come together).
Cut around the image and get an idea for placement on the board. I cut around the trees and around the words removing excess paper. If your image takes up the whole page, you won’t need to worry about this step.
Apply a medium coat of the photo transfer medium to the printed side of the paper. I used wax paper to protect my surface so I could easily get the medium all the way to the edges of the image without getting the medium everywhere.
Once coated, place the image printed side down onto your board and gently smooth with something stiff like a credit card or a small piece of cardboard. Let dry overnight.
Take a damp rag or sponge and begin to slowly wipe away the paper. The image should remain on the wood. I used a clear polycrylic to seal everything and to make the colors more vibrant. If you wish to have a more vintage feel, you can skip the clear coat.
That’s it! The hands-on time for this project is very minimal which is perfect for the crazy busy holidays!
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Here’s a peek at everything shared during the Ten Days of Christmas Inspiration Blogger Series
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