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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.
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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.
rsk115843 years ago
wow nice idea i will post afterwards that for what i used this :)
nickhallen3 years ago
Yes, when they dry they are still fairly sticky.
cjupiter4 years ago
Is the tape still sticky?
DANG IT!!! I left my packing tape clinging to the side of the bike trailer I built.
turner226 years ago
can someone say easy car decal???
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Awesome! any way to transfer it onto something else?
threecheersfornick (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Not that I know of. If you want to do that, I'd suggest this method.
threecheersfornick (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
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.
Sunbanks7 years ago
Good idea! I'm going to try this sometime.
threecheersfornick (author)  Sunbanks7 years ago
Now to find the packing tape....
That's so cool! Great job, I am going to try this out for sure. +1 rating. (added to favorites)