DIY Anthropologie DIY fashion Polaroid

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Photo Transfer Polaroid Shirt with Mod Podge

June 25, 2012
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
It’s no secret on this blog that I am a huge fan of good old Mod Podge, so when I got the chance to review some of Plaid’s new products in the Mod Podge line, I was really excited. Those Mod Podge scientists have been concocting some really cool new formulas. 🙂

Some of the new ones:
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
There’s now Outdoor Mod Podge, Antique Mod Podge, “Dimensional Magic” Mod Podge that behaves a lot like resin for jewelry-making, Hard Coat Mod Podge, Super Gloss Mod Podge, and so many more.

For this project, I used the incredible Photo Transfer Mod Podge, and I was seriously blown away by the results. If only I had known this stuff existed earlier. Le sigh.

Here is my inspiration:

This gorgeous blouse from Anthropologie. As a huge photo dork and lover of the snapshot aesthetic, I love this shirt. And I am so happy I was able to recreate the look.

My version:
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt

I bought my shirt at Goodwill, and I chose to go with a chambray shirt instead of a white one because white shirts tend to be short-lived in my closet. 😉

What you need to make the Anthropologie-inspired shirt:

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
Photo Transfer Mod Podge
Fabric Mod Podge (Optional. I wanted my picture to be secure.)
-Picture printed with a LASER printer. Inkjet printers do not work for this. It’s got to be a laser printer.

First you need to cut out the photo and lay your shirt out flat. Then brush on a layer of photo transfer Mod Podge on the printed side of your image. You should have a layer of Mod Podge about 1/16” thick. It will be all white, you don’t want to see any of your image.

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
Then you need to lay the image in place flat on your shirt. Let this dry 24 hours.

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
And now to the magic part. After the photo has dried for 24 hours, get the paper wet and start rubbing it off. You might have to do this a few times until all the fuzziness of the paper is gone, but it is incredible how the photo stays in place after such rigorous rubbing. I placed a thin layer of fabric Mod Podge on top of the finished product to make myself feel better, but I’m sure you can use a little bit of the photo transfer Mod Podge if you don’t feel like buying another bottle of the stuff.

And about washing this shirt– it says on the package that you can wash the photo transfer medium in the washing machine, but I will probably wash this shirt by hand. I didn’t believe that the photo transfer would be machine-washable when I first read the package, but after I went to town scrubbing the paper off the fabric, I believe the directions. 😉

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
And voila!

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt
Who says Mod Podge is just for crafts? It is such a fun medium to use on clothes. 🙂

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt

And a gratuitous picture of *one* of my mom’s gardens…
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Shirt

Want more Mod Podge ideas? Check out these other awesome projects in the crafty blogosphere. And be sure to follow Plaid on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. They are one crafty brand doing the Internet right. 😉

And here are a few other projects I’ve made using Mod Podge:

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own– like the fact that I think both of these companies are totally 😉

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  • Kat Amelio June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This is amazing! I've been wanting to do photo transfers for a long time. Now I just need a photo… and time… 😉

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • StacieGrissom June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you Kat! I was surprised by how easy it was! 😀

    Good luck to you. 🙂

  • Bromeliad June 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Love your idea. For some reason, I can't see your photos.

  • StacieGrissom June 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Oh no! What browser are you using? I don't have them marked as private or anything on Flickr… Grr. :/

  • Vicky Koesel June 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Great idea 🙂 I will have to try the photo transfer one of these days!

  • Samantha Archer June 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    This is flipping amaze. I wish different Mod Podge formulas were more readily available here in the UK. x

  • blytheponytailparades June 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    You are so crazy talented! Loving this 😉

  • teppichkind June 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    WHY can't we have mod podge in Switzerland? *outcry*

    Awesome shirt and awesome picture too. You are always an inspiration.

  • Steph June 27, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Not only is this a rad tutorial, but your 'Le Sigh' totally made my night. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  • StacieGrissom June 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Thank you so much! You should tweet at Plaid or something– maybe they just need to know they have fans across the pond. 😉

  • StacieGrissom June 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Thank you so much, Steph! 😀

  • StacieGrissom June 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Bah. Violet. *blush 🙂

  • StacieGrissom June 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I think Plaid needs to get on the international markets! 🙂

  • StacieGrissom June 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

    You should! I was so happy with my results. 🙂

  • Mod Podge Amy June 28, 2012 at 2:02 am

    OMG! This is amazing!! I really, really love it.

  • StacieGrissom June 28, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Thank you Amy! I was completely flabbergasted by how awesome the photo transfer Mod Podge was. I mean, you and I both know the wonders that is the Mod Podge, but that stuff… MAN. 😀

  • alwaysfeedyourdog October 10, 2012 at 12:54 am


    Quick question: do you just print the photo on normal paper or do you need some fancy-dancy photo paper or anything? After do you lay the picture with modgepodge/ink side down so all your images will be in reverse?

  • StacieGrissom October 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hahahaha! Thank you so much! 😀

    And to your question– you just print it on normal paper! And yes, the image will be reversed so print it in reverse to get it to go to the right side! 🙂

  • Jackie April 19, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Took me forever to find ur site again.
    1. Snaps! Love it!
    2. Have you washed the shirt in the washer and dried it in the dryer.
    3. Have you tried leather. trying to recreate a leather jacket for my friend. he gave it away in a donation box by accident. His kind of forgetful form chemo. So trying to recreate it. Let me Know please. since, I could imagine you must of done alot of trial and error.
    4. I read online that Mod Podge gets bad after 2 years. Will the transfer start to turn yellow??
    5. Have you tried all fabrics like jeans. What fabrics have you tried?
    6. Do you recommend just to use the fabric Mod Podge only on the clothing or just use it at the end as a finish in this one. If I got it right u used photo transfer mod podge than fabric mod podge when you removed the picture at the end.
    7. I will keep you all posted also on my trial and errors with different fabrics. : )

  • StacieGrissom April 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hey Jackie!!

    Thanks so much for your comment! I definitely wouldn't put the shirt in the washer or dryer, I just hand-washed mine and it was okay. I've never done it on leather, but I can't see why it wouldn't work!

    As for turning yellow, I'm not sure if the fabric Mod Podge turns yellow. 🙂 Good luck with your projects!

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  • Michelle December 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! This is so interesting and cool! What is the texture of the picture like? Is it pretty thick and hard or soft like the texture of the garment?

  • StacieGrissom December 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    It's soft, but a bit rubbery! It's a bit thicker than the screen printing stuff that you have on a t-shirt. 😀