Make Anything a Label or Sticker!

5 Materials
$5
8 Hours
Easy

Organization makes me happy and I adore me some labels and stickers. But typical label makers are as boring as you can get. What about a Cricut, you say? Yesssssss - I could watch that little box of amazingness work its magic all day long. But did I mention I'm also frugal? So when you need a cute label or sticker (out of any picture!) and have only a printer and some shipping tape to work with, you're in luck!

You'll need:
* Printer and paper
* Clear shipping tape
* Mug/glass/basin with water, enough to cover the size of your label
* Scissors
* Spoon or other hard implement
make anything a label or sticker
First, create (or find) your label or sticker design and print it out.  Black and white or color - it works either way.  I found these GORGEOUS free printable labels at andersonandgrant.com via Pinterest.  
make anything a label or sticker
Next, fully cover the printed design with shipping tape.  If the design will fit within the width of the tape, great!  If not, carefully line up the edges of the tape so they don't overlap.
make anything a label or sticker
Use a spoon or other hard implement to rub over the top of the tape.  Pressure is the key here - if you want the toner to transfer from the paper to the tape, push down hard and scratch back and forth along every bit of your design. 
make anything a label or sticker
Use scissors to cut the design out into the exact shape and size of the label.

Time to soak!  Place your label-to-be in a mug or glass of water and let it soak.  Leave it alone for hours.  HOURS.  One hour isn't enough.  Neither is two.  My best labels have soaked overnight so get it in water and find another project to work on. :)

make anything a label or sticker
Did you leave it alone long enough? 
make anything a label or sticker
Using your thumb, carefully roll the paper off the back of the tape.  You'll get most of it off but keep carefully going over any spots with remaining paper.  Rewet the tape if it starts drying.  Continue until there are no more paper fibers and only the toner remains. 
make anything a label or sticker
Turn the tape sticky side up and allow the dry.  Magically, the stickiness comes back! 

make anything a label or sticker
Apply and enjoy!
make anything a label or sticker
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Janice Roussel
    on Apr 26, 2018

    Can you use a laser printer or does it have to be inkjet?

    • RichandTammy Whiteside
      on Apr 27, 2018

      Believe it or not, there are some really inexpensive laser printers out there now that will do the job. They're handy to have around.

  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz
    on Apr 26, 2018

    Can this be applied to wood or any surface?

    • OnTheFly...DIY
      on Apr 26, 2018

      It depends on the surface - if you think the shipping tape will stick to the surface, go for it. I wouldn't recommend outdoor use or any surface that isn't a very smooth one. Good luck! :)

  • Kathleen
    on May 19, 2018

    Did you use an inkjet printer or a laser printer? It seems most of these “transfer” projects require one or the other.

    • OnTheFly...DIY
      on May 19, 2018

      I used a laser printer. I haven't tried an inkjet yet (because I don't own one). Good luck!! :)

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  • Heather
    on Apr 26, 2018

    @ OnTheFly Found on amazon uk. Thanks for your help. It is shipped from USA but I don`t mind waiting. :)

  • Linda
    on Apr 30, 2018

    Thank you for posting this idea. It's so neat and will be helpful to many


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