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Try This: Sublimated Natural Wood Picture Frames

Natural wood picture frames are not only great sellers and easy to sublimate, they are a great opportunity to experiment with fun designs and personalization.

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Natural wood picture frames are not only great sellers and easy to sublimate, they are a great opportunity to experiment with fun designs and personalization.

Materials Needed:

  • Bare natural wood picture frame
  • Sublimation printer
  • Heat press
  • Heat tape
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Blowout paper
  • Printed transfer
  • RIP software
  • Heat gloves
  • Scissors
  • All-purpose cleaning fluid

Heat Press Settings:

  • 400 F
  • Press time: 1:30 to 1:45

Step One: Preparation

Remove film from the picture frame and clean the surface. Make sure to gently scrape where the sides meet the surface once you peel the film to remove any excess foil.

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(All images courtesy of Universal Woods)

Step Two: Tape the print transfer 

Line up and center the picture frame to the transfer. Tape the transfer to the back of the picture frame.

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Tip: When you want to print a full-size image on the natural wood picture frames, use a smaller bleed around the frame, so inks won’t fuse into the sides.

Step Three: Pressing

Place the picture frame in the heat press using the settings above (time may vary based on your equipment).

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Step Four: Assembly

Once the frame has cooled, place the glass and insert a photo. Attach easel back or kickstand.

-Sara Nicholson, Universal Woods

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Sara Nicholson

Sara Nicholson is the communication and digital engagement specialist at Universal Woods. She works with Universal Woods' three brands: ChromaLuxe, Unisub, and ResinDek.

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