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Nature-Inspired Paper Projects

Grab your camera, head outdoors, and let nature be your muse for these simple and elegant transfer projects. Use your printer and different types of transfer paper to embellish everything from fabric to furniture.


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    • Branch Out

      A white vase becomes a statement piece with a quick paper transfer.

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    • Dunked Designs

      Print your photo on Lazertran paper, making sure the image prints on the chalky eggshell side. Let dry for 30 minutes. Cut the image to size. Soak the printout facedown in a pan of water for about a minute. Peel off the backing and place the filmy printout onto a ceramic vase, smoothing out any air bubbles.

    • Peel It Off

      Once the paper dries, the white on the photo will show. If you want it to be clear, paint one to three coats of polyurethane over the top of the image.

    • Art Show

      Love dreamy, stylized wall art? Create an affordable version of pricey canvas prints using transparencies and a gel medium.

    • Cover Up

      Start by selecting your favorite photo and pumping up the color saturation using an image-editing program on your computer. Print the image on an overhead transparency. Cover the surface of your canvas with a thin coat of gel medium.

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    • Spoonful of Sugar

      Place the transparency ink-side down onto the gel medium and smooth out any air bubbles. Burnish it with the back of a spoon or a bone folder, rubbing vigorously. You can also do this by flipping the canvas over and rubbing from the underside.

    • Cool Grit

      Lift a corner to see if the image has transferred. Once it does, peel off the film completely. The resulting image will have an artsy, gritty quality. Transfer several images on different-size canvases and group them for a cool wall display.

    • Photo Transfer Basics

      Learn the basics of photo transfering and add a new skill to your DIY bucket.

    • Best Seat in the House

      Everyday chairs become works of art when you add a playful image, such as these blooming buds. Print your image on Lazertran paper and let dry for 30 minutes.

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      Finishing Touches

      Cut around the image and soak for about a minute, then peel off the backing and position the filmy printout on the chair, smoothing out any air bubbles. Brush on one to three coats of polyurethane to make the whites of the background transparent. Repeat with additional chairs for a complete set.

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      Eco-Cozy Pillows

      Custom-made nature-theme pillows lend your bed a designer look, minus the spendy price tag.

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      Cut It Out

      Print your image on iron-on transfer paper and let dry. You may need to tile the photo using several sheets for larger images.

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      Iron On

      Trim the printout to size and lay it facedown on a cotton pillowcase. Iron, pressing down hard and moving the iron constantly. Do not use steam.

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      Lift a corner to see if the image has transferred. Once it does, peel off the backing. For tiled images, protect the finished portions from excess heat with a used piece of transfer paper.

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      Flower Power

      A simple glass or acrylic pencil cup blossoms into a whimsical beauty, thanks to a quick transfer treatment. Print your images on Lazertran paper and let dry for at least 30 minutes. Cut your image to the size of one panel of the pencil cup, then soak the printout facedown in water for about a minute.

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      Pretty Petals

      Peel off the backing and place the filmy printout on the cup, smoothing out any air bubbles. Brush on one to three coats of polyurethane until the image appears translucent. Repeat the process with additional images for the other sides of the cup.

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