DIY wood transfer tutorial

For the enchanted forest wedding this past weekend, I created signs for each of the reception tables based on a list given to me from the bride and groom. The ceremony site and cocktail reception were held on the property, which was entirely outside but the dinner reception was held off-site at a local golf course, The Lazy Swan.

The room was in the shape of a large octagon - with windowed doors opening out to a patio that overlooks the golf course greens. To bring the outdoor element so prevalent in the ceremony inside to the reception, we created these simple wood table name signs. Here's a little tutorial on how to replicate the look.


  1. Wood rounds: ours were purchasd from Walnut Hollow
  2. Colorless blending marker: we recommend Chartpak brand
  3. Masking tape
  4. Photocopied image: either output the design flipped (mirrored) or ask your copy center to do so.


  • After you've designed your image/text to fit onto your piece of wood, output it from a laser printer or have it photocopied. This transfer method will not work on ink jet printouts.
  • Place your photocopy image side down and position it onto the wood using masking tape.
  • Cover entire area of image with colorless blender marker. Keep the image taped down and gently pick up on the corners to make sure your transfer has been completed before removing.
  • To help the image along, we recommend burnishing the back of the printout with a spoon.
  • Remove the printout and masking tape and decorate as you see fit.

For decorating, we used these butterfly Dresden sheets from Paper Dreams Factory. They were decoupaged using acryllic matte medium.

 more photos of the final pieces to come soon...

Posted on July 20, 2010 and filed under Behind the Scenes, DIY, Real Weddings.