DIY Image Transfer

Time: 5 minutes + dry time
Materials: drift wood, photocopy image, white acrylic paint, brush, water

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Friends, do I have a treat for you! Not only is Courtney Cerruti here to show us how to transfer images, but she is also giving away a copy of her book, Playing with Image Transfers, to one lucky reader!

I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney at Alt Summit SF and couldn’t be more excited about what’s she’s come up with (seriously, her work is amazing!). Without further ado, here’s Courtney’s project:

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

This transfer process will reverse your image, so keep that in mind if transferring a word or different image (get the bird images here). Transfers only work with a toner based print which means you’ll need a photocopy of your image. This transfer will not work with an ink jet print!

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

When working with found wood, start by painting a base layer onto the wood. Keep this layer even. If you want a soft painted edge, use a coarse brush to paint your strokes. Allow this layer to dry completely.

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Add a second layer of paint over the first. While the paint is wet, place your photocopies image face-down onto the wet surface. Carefully press the image into the paint and smooth away any bubbles or air pockets. Don’t over press or you’ll push all the paint out from under the image and your transfer won’t stick.

Allow paint to dry completely! To test the transfers, tear away a corner of the paper and if the paint starts to pull up, then the transfer isn’t completely dry. If the transfer is dry and ready for the next step, you should pull away the back layer of paper and see part of the image below. There will still be a lot of paper left stuck to the driftwood.

Using a little bit of water and your hand, begin to rub away the paper fibers. Rub softly in circular motions. You can use a wet sponge, but if you are too aggressive, you risk rubbing away the image. Continue adding water and rubbing away paper until entire image is revealed.

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Once all the paper is removed, allow the driftwood to dry. If any paper fibers re-appear, you can wet them and gently rub them away or you can use a few drops of olive oil to rub into the surface of the transfer. Using the oil will make fine paper fuzz disappear and it will condition the transfer giving it a satin shine.

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Make a collection to display in your home or give as a gift!

To learn more about image transferring, pick up a copy of Courtney’s book here, or enter to win one below!

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Dip Dyed iPad Case + Giveaway!

Time: 20 minutes + dry time
Materials: iPad case, Rit dye, water, bowls, water, salt, gloves

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Keep scrolling for details on how to win your own Baggu iPad case!

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

Before starting, wet the area of your case you wish you dye and cover your work area. Then, mix half of your Rit packet with about 4 cups of hot water and 1/2 cup salt. Leave case in solution until you achieve the color you wish.

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

Repeat steps above if you wish to add second color. Wash and dry according to dye instructions, then use or gift!

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

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String Art

Time: 1.5 hours
Materials: wood slab, nails, string, hammer, clothespin

DIY String ArtIve seen a few string art tutorials floating around the internet and decided it was time to give the project a try for myself! While it ended up being a bit more intense than I expected (sorry downstairs neighbors for the noise), I’m really happy with the results. Here’s how I did it:

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

 

The main problem I had was that the nails were so small, making it hard to hit them in without hitting my fingers. I recommend getting skinny nails that are a bit longer, though not too long or they’ll go through your board.

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life
Choose what shape you’d like for your art, print image, cut out. Secure with tape, then hammer nails in around the edges. *Tip* use a clothespin to keep nail in place if you want to avoid hitting your fingers!

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life
Once all nails are in place, tie a knot around one nail and begin stringing. There’s really no wrong way to do this, so have fun! End with a knot, cut the excess string and you’re all done!

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

Ornament Terrariums + Giveaway

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: ornament, plant, soil, rocks, moss, paint

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life
1. Roll up a piece of paper to make a funnel. Add a layer of rocks.

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life
2. Add your soil. 1/4 cup is more than enough!

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life
3. Add moss and plants. I used a chopstick to help with positioning.

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life

GIVEAWAY—NOW CLOSED!

I loved doing this project so much that I’d like the share the experience with you! Enter to win all the supplies you’ll need to make your own ornament terrarium simply by clicking this link to share on Twitter.

Winner will be announced via Twitter Friday, February 1st.

Update
While I used tillandsias for my terrariums, I recommend that you use a succulent or other plant that requires soil and moisture to live. Because of the delicacy of the air plant, it’s been more high maintenance than expected.