Laser Printer Image Transfers

Picture of Laser Printer Image Transfers
This is a great way to give digital images a vintage feel. Laser print image transfers are an easy-to-make home decoration, and make great gifts.

For this project I used:

Plywood or 2x6
Masking Tape
Rubber Gloves
Color laser prints.
Paper Towel.
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Prep your piece.

Picture of Prep your piece.
Cut down the laser print to fit the piece of wood that you want to work with, then tape the edges with masking tape.

Step 2: Burnish

Picture of Burnish
Apply some xylol to a paper towel and burnish/rub the back of your piece like crazy. If you have a bone folder available, that works as an excellent burnishing tool.

You will know you have sufficiently burnished the back of your piece when the paper becomes translucent.

Step 3: Check it.

Picture of Check it.
image transfer_edit_28.jpg
Gently peel back the paper and tape from the wood, check to see if the image has transferred. 

If it seems a little light, you can tape it back down, and repeat step two.

Step 4: Finish.

Picture of Finish.
image transfer_edit_29.jpg
image transfer_edit_30.jpg
Allow xylol to dry for about 10 minutes, then it is ready.

That's it! Have fun, try to apply your transfers to paneling, furniture, cutting boards, whatever! It is a good idea to spray paint a layer of clear coat to the finsihed piece.

sdfgeoff1 year ago
So it dissolves the toner, which soaks into the wood. Then the solvent evaporates and you're left with a print.
That means you can do this on any porous surface, but don't try it on metal or most plastics (plastics would dissolve anyway...)
This is great!
Xylol is nasty stuff! Use solvent-resistant gloves and a well ventilated area.

Rock on!
I think it should work also for magazines photos, the ones printed on glossy paper.
And since toner melts down with heat, you could try transferring using an iron,
using a normal laser black /white print.
Also I dont think xylol is nice to your lungs! :-)

eatgeek1 year ago
Would spritzing the Xylol on help minimize the amount of total fluid used?
Edgar1 year ago
Of course I'm thinking about Gizmos that use Fabric parts, but news about this went into my Blog:
Is xylol one of the more toxic and flammable industrial grade solvents to try?
audreyobscura (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
it's both toxic and flammable. i love it. :)

it is mainly used for painting and illustrating.
That is awesome! I wondered where the kitty on Mike's desk came from. :D

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?


PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!