Introduction: Packing Tape Image Transfers

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In this instructable, I'll teach you how to transfer laser printed or photocopied images to packing tape.

This process also works with hot glue or clear caulk -- the transfer won't be as clear, though.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

- packing tape
- scissors
- the image you want to transfer
- a basin
- water

Step 2: Printing and Cutting

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Print out the picture you want to transfer. This method works with laser printers, and photocopiers -- I'm just not sure about inkjet printers.

Once you've printed your picture, cut it out to save paper.

Step 3: Tape

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Tape over your image. I suggest at least two layers of tape, to prevent the tape from seperating.

Once you've taped up your picture, you can trim the edges of the tape.

Step 4: Soak and Rub

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Fill your basin with water, and soak your image in it.

Once you've soaked the image for a while, rub it's back. The paper should come of easily.

Step 5: Finished!

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You're finished!

Now, go find a use for your paper pulp.


batvanio (author)2017-04-16

Be a little more specific. What water use, how long you hold it ...

batvanio (author)2017-04-14

I do not get. I used inkjet printer and keep it in hot water. Friction fell and paper and ink.

janey west (author)2016-10-06

Help ! I tried this, I printed "Treats" soaked it water for couple min. then pealed off the paper and nothing. What am I doing wrong ?

preetsharma (author)2015-12-18

Wow great idea.

rsk11584 (author)2011-12-13

wow nice idea i will post afterwards that for what i used this :)

nickhallen (author)2011-10-20

Yes, when they dry they are still fairly sticky.

cjupiter (author)2011-07-11

Is the tape still sticky?

extremegtafan (author)2008-12-11

DANG IT!!! I left my packing tape clinging to the side of the bike trailer I built.

turner22 (author)2008-10-02

can someone say easy car decal???

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-03-24

Awesome! any way to transfer it onto something else?

Not that I know of. If you want to do that, I'd suggest this method.


Ok, now that I've said that, I realize that you could stick the tape to whatever you want. So yes, in a way, you can transfer it to "something else".

I was thinking more of the toner transfer method, but yeah, this would work fine.

Sunbanks (author)2008-03-24

Good idea! I'm going to try this sometime.


Now to find the packing tape....

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-25

That's so cool! Great job, I am going to try this out for sure. +1 rating. (added to favorites)

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