This DIY is adapted from one of the displays that our Magnolia visual install team did at the market for spring! The thing I love about this is that the technique is really versatile. We’re going to demonstrate transferring flower prints onto a couple of surfaces, but get creative with what print you transfer and what you transfer it onto. For me, I love the idea of handmade gift tags—they’re such a simple way to make a gift personal. This technique could even be used on a roll of kraft paper for gift wrap.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A laser jet print of your desired image—note: it is important that you do not use an inkjet image
- Nail polish remover with acetone
- Cotton swabs or a rag
- A credit card or brayer roller
- A work surface that can withstand acetone spills or splashes
- Your transfer material of choice (paper, wood or gift tags)
- Optional: tape for holding larger prints in place
When doing this project, be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and keep the supplies out of kid’s reach.
Here are the steps shown on both a piece of wood and a gift tags. The wood is an interesting option because it makes for unique wall art or even a thoughtful gift.
First, place the print face down on your surface. Gently dab the back of the paper using a cotton swab or rag soaked in nail polish remover until the print is completely saturated.
Next, use either your credit card or your brayer roller to firmly press the print onto the surface to effectively transfer the ink. Be sure it doesn’t slide around so that your transfer doesn’t smear.
Gently remove the original print and you’re done! Allow for a few minutes of drying time and you’re ready to attach it to your gift or hang it up on your wall!
If you try this DIY, then be sure to share a picture and tag @magnolia! We’d love to see the different ways you use this print transfer technique.