Introduction: Packing Tape Image Transfers

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

You will need:

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

Step 2: Printing and Cutting

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

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

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!

You're finished!

Now, go find a use for your paper pulp.


batvanio made it!(author)2017-04-16

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

batvanio made it!(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 made it!(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 made it!(author)2015-12-18

Wow great idea.

rsk11584 made it!(author)2011-12-13

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

nickhallen made it!(author)2011-10-20

Yes, when they dry they are still fairly sticky.

cjupiter made it!(author)2011-07-11

Is the tape still sticky?

extremegtafan made it!(author)2008-12-11

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

turner22 made it!(author)2008-10-02

can someone say easy car decal???

LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-03-24

Awesome! any way to transfer it onto something else?

threecheersfornick made it!(author)2008-03-24

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

LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-03-24


threecheersfornick made it!(author)2008-04-06

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".

LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-04-06

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

Sunbanks made it!(author)2008-03-24

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

threecheersfornick made it!(author)2008-03-24


Sunbanks made it!(author)2008-03-25

Now to find the packing tape....

GorillazMiko made it!(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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