Packing Tape Image Transfer on a Thrift Shop Jar

April 28, 2015

I purchased this jar recently at the thrift shop for $6.  It is about 10 1/2" tall, has a metal cover, and appears to be vintage.  

Packing Tape Image Transfer
Angie at Knick of Time Interiors had recently posted about packing tape image transfer to glass, and I wanted to try the transfer method myself.

First I made a label on Picmonkey.  The tape I had on hand was about 2" wide, so I centered my words like so.

After I printed the label on my inkjet printer, I copied it on our photocopier at work.  You can also use a laser printer.

There is no need to reverse the image with this transfer method.  Just place the tape over your label, and burnish the tape to the paper with something like a Popsicle stick.  I used the wooden handle of a paint brush.  

I wet the paper backing of my tape transfer and simply rolled the paper off with my fingers.  It didn't take too long, and you can feel and see if the paper backing is still on your tape.  When I had removed all of the paper, I dried the sticky side of the tape with a hair dryer.  It didn't take more than a couple of minutes to dry.

Image Transfer on Glass/Zinc Lid Display
Then I applied my tape cling label to the front of my jar of zinc jar lids!  Hence the "Put a Lid on It" label.  My attempt at a pun.  Anyway, I like displaying vintage utilitarian items as interesting decor in my farmhouse style kitchen, and this works for me.

Image Transfer on Glass/Zinc Lid Display
And, when I am tired of this display, I can remove the both cling and the lids and start all over!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Amazing.....I love this! Thanks for sharing.
    Have fun!

  2. Another great idea! I didn't know you could use tape as a transfer, I'm a klutz with it. Thanks for the idea. I'm clearing out lots of stuff I know I will never have time to deal with, but I'm still trying to finish a few things.

  3. Great job! And so cute with the lids in there!
    Erica :)

  4. That's brilliant - clear packing tape added to my shopping list! Lor.xx

  5. I love it, Carlene, and I'm glad my tutorial helped you do it!! I have a stack of old canning lids too, and need to find a cute way to display them.

  6. Hi, Carlene...this is as cute as can did a great job on it.

  7. Love what you did. Love the pun! Thanks for the tutorial too.

  8. Love the lids inside the glass jar!! What a great way to display them.

  9. Love it! I saw the same tutorial and wondered if I could actually do've inspired me to try it!

  10. Love the Idea of This...If Only I Could Get the Paper to Rub Off Without Taking the Letters and Numbers Along With It. Tried it Twice and Both Times a Complete Fail, Kinda Like Transferring a Photo onto a Piece of Wood and Having to Rub Off the Paper...Every time I Tried That, Which was Several Times, They to Were a Fail LOL. Can You Maybe Help as to What I Might be Doing Wrong? Besides Possible Looking at the Paper Funny HaHa:))) Thanks :)

  11. Love the jar of lids! I will have to try this idea. Sounds simple enough. Thanks for sharing!


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