( UPDATE: some of you sent questions about colored image transfers, or why their previous projects were cloudy or not sticking. I have 5 super helpful tips for you at the end!!)
Quiz: what can you use packing tape for, besides packing?
So excited to share with you today a really cool image transfer technique on how to turn packing tape into great looking clear labels and stickers!
Just think about all the ways you could use these beautiful stickers: pantry labels, gift tags, decorative touches on glass, wood or metal objects…
When I first started this blog, I posted an image transfer project that has become a reader favorite: here’s the tutorial on how to transfer images to wood and make vintage-inspired pallet crates.
Today’s packing tape image transfer is a bit different. The images will be transferred onto the packing tape which can be used just like a clear sticker, with your own custom designs!
Materials and tools:
- Packing tape. I tested different brands and the heavier duty ones gave much better results than thin tape. I used the Duck brand tape like these here.
- inkjet printer and standard office paper
- NOTE: there are actually printable clear label sheets you can use to make labels. The purpose of this project is that packing tape is easier to find in many parts of the world, and it is just a quick way to make some fun stickers!
Print images on paper. Take into consideration the width of the tape,
I will show you a trick at the end on how to make larger labels!
Take a piece of tape, press the sticky side onto an image, center the packing tape over it evenly and press. Then cut out the section.
Here’s a REALLY IMPORTANT part of the image transfer process: burnish the piece using the back of a spoon and make sure to cover all the printed areas. The more pressure you can apply to the tape and image the better result you will get!
Drop the piece into a bowl of room temp water. Let them soak for at least 5 minutes.
I find it much easier to let them soak for an hour. Then the paper just peel of really easily, leaving you with a beautiful image on the packing tape!
Use these pieces just like a sticker.
These stickers not only look great on glass, but also on wood!
So what happens when you want a larger sticker, like the gorgeous grain sack label on the big jar above?
I have tried overlapping the tape, and did not like how it looked.
Continue to next page to find out the secret, plus 5 really super tips plus how to store your extra stickers!