Thursday, May 10, 2018

Easily Transfer Ink to Wood

Free-handing is for the birds. Instead, here's a quick, easy way to transfer a design or text to a wooden sign.

First, print out the design you want to transfer to the wood. The simpler the design, the better. Here, I'm making wall-hangings for my sweet friends’ new little ones. 

Cut out the design and place it where you want it. Tape it down so the design doesn't move around while you work
Get the marker that you plan to use for the design. Usually, I just use a Sharpie. Trace over the design until it bleeds through to the wood. This should create some lines that are very easy to trace over when you remove the paper.

You will be left with an outline of the words when you remove the paper. You could certainly run the marker over it a few more times to get a darker outline.
Finally, connect the empty spaces with your Sharpie, and fill in the lines as needed. Most of them time, I just need an outline and can free-hand the edges of the design.

This works with more than just words, try it on designs and pictures, too! I love the way the arrows turned out! Here are the finished products!
Now that you're an expert at it, let's see your artwork in the comments below! And don't forget to pin this to save it for later! 


  1. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard! Love it!

  2. Ahh this is great. It looks so easy! I have never tried designing a wooden sign, but I could definitely do this. Great post!

  3. What a great system, and it looks awsome!

  4. Wow! What an awesome idea. I'm getting my kids to try this - they would make great Christmas and birthday presents. Thank you.

  5. This is SO smart. Love how simple you made it.

  6. You laid it out to seems so simple. I can't wait to try it. I am pinning it for the next trip to the craft store. I have so many sharpies. Would this work with any dark color you think? I have a serious love for all things GREEN!

    1. I totally think it would work with any dark color! I's love to see something in green :)

  7. Thank you for sharing.


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