How to Decoupage a Photo on Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Paint or stain

  • Paintbrush

  • 100-grit sandpaper

  • Photo

  • Decoupage glue

Decoupage photos to wood to make customized wall plaques.

Decoupage glue bonds paper objects to surfaces and creates a permanent, protective waterproof finish. Apply decoupage glue to photos and wood to create inexpensive personalized decorations for your family and friends. Depending on the size and shape of your wood and photos, you can use the technique to make Christmas ornaments, boxes, coasters or wall hangings.


Step 1

Paint or stain a piece of clean, dry wood any way you wish. Allow the paint or stain to dry overnight before applying the photo.

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Step 2

Sand the wood's surface with 100-grit sandpaper to create an even surface and facilitate adhesion.

Step 3

Apply a coat of decoupage glue to the back of the photo. Stick the photo to the wood surface and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes.

Step 4

Apply a coat of decoupage glue over the entire surface of the photo and wood. Allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes, and apply at least three more coats, letting each coat dry before applying a new coat.


Tear off the edges of the photo to create a rustic look and to blend the photo into the wood.


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