Using your printer and some wax paper, you can get creative making your own artwork or dress up an ordinary household item to fit your decor.
This pin-test came from TheArtofDoingStuff.com. This pin was incredibly exciting to me when I saw it. I’ve always wanted to add text or decorative prints to things like crates but don’t enjoy stenciling or hand-painting. I usually end up ruining the pieces. So I tried this right away. Who knew I could print out whatever I want and transfer it with wax paper.
Cut Wax Paper
Cut a piece of wax paper to fit over a piece of regular printer paper. To ensure the paper doesn’t get crunched up inside your printer, leave a little over the ends and fold over. Tape the ends to the back of the paper.
Choose Your Artwork
Using your favorite photo or image software, create the text or place images how you would like to print them. I used artwork I found at VectorStock.com to print the jar pictures and transferred it onto a block of wood.
Reverse the Image/Text
Place your wax paper (that is taped to the printer paper) into your printer. Depending on your printer, you need to place the paper so that it prints onto the wax side. Reverse or mirror the image so that after you transfer it, it will be the correct direction.
Transfer the Ink
Have the item you want to decorate available. Once the image is printed you will carefully place it face down onto your item. Using a credit card, smooth over the back side to transfer the wet ink from the wax paper to your item.
I suggest rubbing over it several times, both up and down and side to side.
Remove the paper and hopefully you have a brand new piece of artwork!
One of the fun things about being able to print onto wax paper and transfer the ink is that you can print in color! Here is another piece I transferred onto a wood board to hang by the shower in the master bathroom.
What I Learned
There are a few limitations to the wax paper transfer process. I would not recommend transferring ink onto anything with a shiny finish. I attempted to put the word “towels” onto a cabinet in the bathroom. The cabinet has a sheen over it, so the ink sat on the top and smeared right off, even days later.
Also, your projects may need to have a certain rustic style since the ink transfers over in a way that gives it a worn or aged appearance.
My Final Thoughts
This is one of my favorite pin tests completed. It makes touching up decorative items or creating my own art pieces so simple. Given the right style and item to transfer the ink to, this Pinterest pin has been proven.