DIY Mother’s Day Photo Planter

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Use a fun photo transfer method to make this gorgeous DIY Photo Planter, perfect for Mother’s Day or any other gift!

DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

So after I made my totally fun DIY luggage tags, I got the idea for this project,  a DIY photo planter for Mother’s Day. If your mom is anything like mine, besides being wonderful, she’s also the kind of mom who, when you ask what you can get her for Mother’s Day says, “Oh, I don’t need anything.” And she actually means it, so sometimes, if we’re able to be together, we’ll go do something instead. But other years, I still want to send her something. You know, because she’s my mom! And I love her! So this year,  instead of just regular flowers, I thought this photo planter would be a fun twist. Surprise Mom! If you’re reading this, Happy Mother’s Day!  I’m so excited because it turned out exactly how I imagined in my head. I was going for a kind of farmhouse rustic, distressed look, but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry, I have a suggestion later on, just keep reading the tutorial. Here’s how I did it…

DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

DIY Photo Planter

Wood cube planter with zinc liner 

Photos printed in black and white on a LASER printer

Scissors

Matte Mod Podge

Paintbrush

1 . Measure your planter and size and print your photos. Mine was 4″ square so I sized my photo about 3 3/4″ square. The most important thing for this project is to make sure that you print your photos on a laser printer not an inkjet. A laser printer is the kind that uses toner not ink cartridges. It won’t  work with inkjet prints because they are water soluble. The photos of mine that were darker like the ones on the right below, versus very light like the ones on the left below, transferred better. DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

(our gorgeous pics are courtesy of Cadence & Eli, if you live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, hire them, they’re awesome)

Note: if you purchase the planter that I linked to here, just note that while I was really happy with the quality, the color is grayer than the photo on amazon. Here’s a better shot of mine. I actually like this color better so I was fine with it.DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com2. Cut your photos out.

3. Apply a thick coat of mod podge to the front of the photos. Really, you want a thick coat. DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

4. Stick the mod podged photo onto one side of the planter and smooth out any bubbles. Repeat with the other three sides. DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

5. Let your planter dry overnight. At least 8 hours.

6. The next day, starting with one side, wet that side. You don’t want to submerge the planter or anything but you should soak through the paper (sort of like you would with a temporary tattoo.  The photo below is immediately after I got mine wet. After a minute you should start to see the image showing through the whole thing.

DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

7. Start gently rubbing away the paper with your fingertip. If you rub too hard, you might take of bits of the image, so be careful. Let dry and repeat until all the white fuzzy paper bits are gone. It took me about 3 cycles of wet, rub, dry  to get my images to look nice and clear. DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day! | littleredwindow.com

8. Then coat each image with another coat of matte mod podge to protect it.

9. Finally, plant your plant in the planter. I got this delicious smelling little hyacinth at Trader Joe’s!

As I said, when you use matte mod podge for photo transfers, you will see the background material, in this case, wood grain, through the image. If you’d prefer an opaque image transfer, use  transfer medium. In that case, the white parts will actually stay white and you won’t see the wood through the photo.

DIY Photo Planter, transfer cute family photos to this adorable wood planter, it's a perfect gift for Mother's Day!  | littleredwindow.com

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