by Tammy Taylor~
I’m always looking for easy ways to label repurposed glass storage jars in my kitchen or pantry. And I especially like the jars to look nice when they remain out on our countertop, such as our popcorn jar.
I stumbled upon an idea of using regular packing tape (you know, the wide tape you use for sealing boxes for shipping) and a laser printer to make a transparent image label. Since we have a laser printer I was intrigued & decided to give it a go. It worked perfectly!
I initially saw this idea over at It’s Always Autumn. They were using an image label to personalize a candle. The instructions indicate a laser printer is needed so I can’t say whether or not this works on an ink-jet printer. Since we have a laser printer I figured I could use this same procedure to make inexpensive custom labels for my glass jars. Thankfully it was easy!
And I made similar labels for other repurposed glass jars in my pantry. I have one for beans, one for rice and many others too. Cute! Here’s how we did it.
Making The Labels
I first printed the words for my labels in fun fonts using our laser printer – Pinto Beans – Brown Rice – Popcorn. Then I stuck a piece of shipping tape over each word that was printed and smoothed it down where there were no wrinkles in the tape. I pressed my thumbnail over the printing to make sure everything was completely attached.
Then I cut the tape into a rectangle around each word printed. As each label was cut out I sat them aside until I had them all done.
Soaking The Tape Labels
The squares of tape were then placed in a bowl of water and allowed to soak for about 15 minutes. This step softens the paper and helps release it from the tape. Wow, putting tape in water? Is this really gonna work??
When the soaking period was up I took those wet, curled pieces of tape out of the water. I first pulled away most of the paper by just separating the paper side from the tape side. Well color me surprised!
Then using my thumb I rubbed the paper side until all the residual paper was dislodged from around the actual printing. Finally I gave each label a good rinse. Wow, the paper was now gone but the black print of the image remained on the clear tape. How cool!
I sat the tape squares with the sticky side up on a baker’s rack to dry. As they dried the stickiness of the tape returned. I allowed them to dry for a couple of hours to make sure there was no residual dampness.
Attach Labels To Jars
After they were completely dry, I stuck my new labels onto our jars. Voila!
It worked beautifully!
Since this is only tape, I’m able to quickly & easily (and CHEAPLY) change out the labels if need be.
Just packing tape and a printed word? You really don’t get custom labels any cheaper than that, y’all!
Labels To The Rescue At Christmas
Last year we even used this same method for personalizing our Christmas gifts. You see, RancherMan & I always present Homemade Gifts for Christmas. It’s one of the ways we live our values. So last year we wanted to gift each of our kids a large jar of honey from our apiary. But we wanted a cute way to present our gifts too. Mama always says ‘Presentation Is Half The Gift‘.
So a couple of months in advance we ordered cute bee-themed labels from etsy. We were going to decorate each jar with these cute labels. But as Christmas neared we became anxious that they had not been received. As a matter of fact they never arrived… Wow, what will we do now??!
So we found a royalty-free clip art of a cute bee and printed it out. We then printed each of the kids’ family names in cute font to personalize each jar of honey. We followed the same procedure above to make personalized labels for each jar.
So each jar had a bee on one side, their family name on the other. It turned out really cute and the kids all loved it. Whew – gift-decorating disaster avoided!
Give it a try, personalizing jars is really easy using this hack.
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