Packing Tape Labels

2 Materials
5 Minutes
I don't know about you but I love the look of an organized pantry. Labels, acrylic and organization are my middles names! When I came across this label hack I had to share it! All you need in a printed word document, packing tape and water!
First thing first, you will need to type out your words for labels on word, photoshop or whatever program you are comfterable with. No need for fancy paper, just use plain ol' printer paper and ink. Cut out your words.
Take a regular packing tape (I used ultra clear) and place it over your word.

Take a credit card and press hard to rub the into onto the tape. This is the most important step! Peel it off your table and cut off the access tape on the sides.
Now drop it into a bowl of water. Let the label sit in the water for 1 minute to loosen the paper. Once the label is saturated, begin to rub off all the paper backing. You'll be left with just the text!
Let the label dry completely. It will return to it's sticky state and you'll be able to attach it to anything!!!
I did this trick first in my pantry with a few air tight jars I had.
I also made little labels for my k-cups and sugar to display beside my Keurig.
Lastly, I made a little design for my makeup brush holder and my cotton ball jar. The best part about this is it can be used with colored ink. The possibilities are seriously endless and it's the quickest DIY EVER! I'm 100% obsessed. Now, I'm off to label my entire apartment (:

Suggested materials:

  • Packing Tape   (Target)
  • Air tight jars   (OXO)

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  • Sacchi Shah Sacchi Shah on Sep 03, 2020

    with the water you used to put the tape in dose it have to be cold or hot ? and can I do this on glass too

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Nov 25, 2020

    Can this be done with pictures, I mean ones you print on regular paper, like an old fancy label with flowers or something like that? Could you use clear contact paper? Does it matter how soon you do this? Can you do it with something you printed days or more before is what I mean. Thank you! Love your ideas!

  • Melinda Melinda on Dec 03, 2020

    Can this be done on an office copier?


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  • Claudia Talsma Claudia Talsma on Oct 07, 2020

    Can you please advise what font you used? Thank you.

  • Diane Diane on Nov 17, 2020

    Use a font you like and the size that fits what you are going to use it on. I am 'guessing' she used about a 64 size for her pantry. Start there and as in all DIY trial and error your way to your perfection!!