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HOW TO EASILY TRANSFER A DESIGN ONTO WOOD

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I’ve been meaning to post this tutorial for transferring a design onto wood for a long time! Before I ever learned how to use vinyl for transferring my designs onto wood (which I used to makethis DIY wood sign with a calligraphy quote), I used a super easy pencil tracing method all the time.  Here is one of my favorite signs from my wedding, our honey favors sign, where I used this easy pencil tracing method:

For this tutorial, I decided I wanted to make a mini, wood framed sign that will eventually be part of a gallery wall I am planning.

HOW TO EASILY TRANSFER A DESIGN ONTO WOOD – PENCIL TRACING METHOD:

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Blank wood sign or piece of wood – I built a 9″x9″ wood sign (using this DIY Sign tutorialwith different size cuts), but you can buy similar pre-made, blank wood signs here and here.
  • Pencil
  • Printed Design
  • Paint Marker or Permanent Marker (Make sure to use a fine point tip if your design is small like mine or medium tip if you have a larger design)
  • Masking tape

*For more details on DIY wood sign making, check out my post on how to paint wood signs and how to frame wood signs.

VIDEO TUTORIAL:

A full video tutorial is available at the top of this post!

PHOTO/WRITTEN TUTORIAL:

1. Print out your design at the appropriate size needed for your wood. Then, cut the excess white paper off around your design. I used this 8″ x 10″ Home Sweet Home printable which is available in the shop and it was a perfect fit after I cut off the excess white paper!
P.S. Sorry for the dark photos, I did this project at night!
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