Easy Graphic Transfers With Packing Tape

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There are a few versions of how to make graphic transfers. I found a way that worked best for me. With this inexpensive trick, you can make personalized decor for your home, gifts for friends and family, and party favors for celebrations.

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I used a laser printer to print out a picture of our family.

I have used ink jet as well, however the ink isn’t as strong or clear.

I placed a piece of clear packing tape over the photo.

I trimmed it down to just the photo and size I wanted.

I placed it in a pan with water. The photo needs to be totally submerged. Let this soak for 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes is up, pull out your picture and begin rubbing your fingers on the paper side. The paper will peel right off. You can rinse it in your water as you clean it up.

Be sure to get all the paper off as possible. You can let it soak more if you need to and try again.

Let the photo graphic dry. Sometimes they come out and the tape looks cloudy – don’t worry it’ll clear right up as it dries.

With photo graphics, you often will lose the stickiness of the tape. I used a little Mod Podge on the back.

I adhered this photo to a candle holder. Let the Mod Podge dry completely. You could do this to endless possibilities – mugs, sun catchers, ornaments, etc.

I added a battery operated tea light to my candle holder.

That’s it and it’s ready to use.

I also did this by printing out words on paper “Seasoned Olive Oil”, and “Grammie & Papa EST. … ” The best part about these is once you remove the paper, the tape is still sticky like a sticker. All I needed to do is stick them onto their surface.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    What an amazing and quite handy little trick you have shared with us, dear Chas. Once again, you have shared something that I think my son and I would thoroughly enjoy doing 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! Thinking of you. Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    1. Great to hear from you Stephanie 🙂 Thank you and I’m so glad you and your son want to give it a try. Please send me pictures of what you make and how it turns out 🙂 Hugs

  2. Naomie Moore says:

    Very cool! If I had a printer, I would try this. Going to share with my friends, thanks!

    1. Thank you so much Naomie 🙂 I’m so excited you’re going to share this with your friends – thank you. If we lived closer – you could use my printer 😉

  3. Love this 🙂 going to try. Thank you Chas for sharing all your ideas 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Margret 🙂 I appreciate all your support and encouragement!

  4. Karolyn Love says:

    I am so gonna try this! Thank you so very much for sharing this idea! by the way, if I haven’t already told you, I really enjoy your tips and tricks, etc that you post and look forward to seeing your name in my e-mail box!! Thanks!!!

    1. Thank you so very much Karolyn, you just made my day 🙂 I’m so excited you want to give it a try and I’m flattered that you are enjoying what I’m doing. You are so very sweet, and have a lovely day – sending hugs.

  5. This is a really cool trick! I am going to remember this for the future in case I want to create a personalized gift or find a great thrift store glass item!

    1. Thank you so much Marissa and I’m excited you want to give it a try too 🙂

  6. Queda genial, conocía el método y lo he utilizado en mas de una ocasión.
    Te invito a mi blog, serás bienvenida

    1. Thank you so much and I’m so glad you could share your experience with this technique too. It’s so versatile I love it for gifts. Thank you for the invite to your blog, I’d love to stop by.

  7. Hi Chas and family!
    Great gift idea here!!! I’ve never done a transfer with packing tape, but I have LOTS of packing tape around to try this with. 😉 Congratulations on being featured at HomeTalk!!!
    Pinning to my Crafts and Sewing board for you and our readers, thanks. <3

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks Barb, and I’m so excited you are going to give this a try. Thank you for Pinning for your readers and thanks on the congrats 🙂

  8. I saw this on the Graphics Fairy blog and loved the idea! It’s on my to-do list with my grandkids!! Thanks for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party!

    1. Thanks Nina and I’m so excited you want to give it a try. It’s so versatile for so many things.

  9. Nancy King says:

    GREAT Idea!!! My young grandchildren will be able to do this!! I LOVE your ideas SO much. Thanks again. ???

    1. Thank you so much Nancy and I love that you’ll be doing this with your grandchildren.

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