Packing Tape Image Transfers

With some packing tape, a magazine, and a bowl of water, the possibilities really are endless.  Did you know that any image that has been created using heat (photographs, magazines, newspapers) can transfer onto tape?  Kind of like Silly Putty on newspaper.  You can use this tape for all sorts of projects: drink markers, wine charms, glass jar labels, wrapping paper embellishments, refrigerator decorations, and probably many more things that I’m not even thinking of at the moment. I found this idea on Pinterest, of course, which linked to the blog, Lil Blue Boo.

Thanksgiving would be a great time to try out some labels of your own.  It’s a perfect way to keep track of whose drink is whose, so you don’t have to worry about drinking out of the wrong glass and getting your cousin’s cold.  Of course it’s not just for Thanksgiving; you can customize them for whatever occasion you like!

Here’s how I did it…

All you need to do is find an image that you want to use.  Keep in mind that once you tape it, the image will be on the tape, and nevermore to return to the paper, so make sure you have extras of this image, or that you are okay with losing it forever.

After you have taped the image you want to transfer, use scissors to cut around it. You don’t have to be too careful about cutting because you can always trim the image later.

Place the tape in a bowl of water and let it soak for about 30 seconds for magazine images.  Photo paper will take longer, maybe a minute.  The longer you soak it, the more of the tape’s stickiness will wear off.  This is good if you don’t want a slightly sticky reside to be left behind on your glass.

Finally, use your fingers to rub the paper away from the tape. Magazines and thinner paper dissolve faster, while it takes longer for photographs to rub away.

The image that was on the paper appears on the packing tape! Magic!

You can then trim the tape so they have a uniform shape, or trim around the shape to create whatever form you want. Mom suggested creating one with a uniform color or pattern and then cutting it out in a heart or star shape.

Only a little bit of stickiness is left on the tape, so it creates a clinging effect, like those holiday window decorations.   They are very easy to remove when you are done with them, but they stay in place when you want them to.

No residue was left on the glasses that I used, although when I put some on my refrigerator, it did leave some markings behind.  I was able to wash them off easily.

I shared this post on The Shabby Nest and I Heart Naptime, Ninth Street Notions, Project Inspire, Keeping it Simple, and Sew Can Do link up parties. Check them out!

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9 Responses to Packing Tape Image Transfers

  1. Great find! How cool would this be on jars of homemade preserves you’re giving as gifts?

  2. Elisa says:

    This is brilliant! I am always looking for lables…. Thanks for sharing…Elisa

  3. Oh this is so cool! I’ve got TONS of packing tape and could have a lot of fun with this. Love your examples and those at Little Blue Boo too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  4. BeColorful says:

    Wow what a cool process. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful this week.

  5. I’ve featured this at this week’s Craftastic Link Party. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Can’t wait to see what you link up next:)

  6. amandab2 says:

    Very cool idea! This looks great! Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

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