Wax Paper Transfer Tutorial

I’ve been looking into transfers lately because I want to try and make a plaque with this curly font I like with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that says, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Isn’t that a nice thought? I want to make it for my daughter’s bedroom so she feels encouraged to follow her dreams.

I found this wax paper transfer tutorial from Unexpected Elegance looks pretty easy and it might just do the trick. If it doesn’t turn out well I can always just paint over it and try again!

What You’ll Need:

  • Wooden Pizza Peel
  • Wax Paper
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Credit Card
  • Scissors


1. Cut the wax paper to the size of printer paper.

2. Put the wax paper in the printer and make sure it’s under the rollers, but not too far in.  If you put it on top of printer paper, you can use the paper as a guide on how far the wax paper needs to be in the printer.

3. Print your graphic onto the wax paper. This graphic is from The Graphics Fairy.

4. Stand close to the printer and help guide the wax paper out. Make sure there are no wrinkles! It can cause the wax paper to get jammed.

5. Apply the wax paper to the wooden pizza peel. You will have to work quickly, but once you set the wax paper down you CAN NOT move it. If you wet the wood a little, it will make the transfer darker.  Just make sure it’s not too wet, then the ink will run (a happy balance).

6. Try to line up the paper then gently lay it on the surface you want to transfer it to.  Folding the wax paper firmly down, use a credit card to gently scrap the surface.

7. Then carefully remove the paper.  It will still have ink, so be careful not to drag it. All done!