There isn’t anything that I love more than my family. Especially pictures of my family. So I decided to try my hand at making custom photo votives. The technique that I used is super simple & fairly inexpensive. I used clear packing tape to transfer the photos. It takes just a few minutes to turn black and white, or even full color, images and text into creative transfers that resemble transparent stickers.
Custom Photo Candle Holders – DIY Packing Tape Transfers
-Photos or Text- color or black and white- printed on a Laser Printer or Toner Copier
-Heavy Duty Packing Tape
-Glass Votive Candles
-Bone Folder or Wooden Craft Sticks
-Bowl of Warm Water
Step One: Select and Print Photos or Text
Step Two: Trim down the photos. I trimmed the photos to fit the glass candle holders. Keep in mind that any “white” spaces will become transparent once the transfer is complete.
Step Three: Apply the packing tape. I used a heavy duty shipping packaging tape however, any brand should work just as well for this process. Lay a strip of packing tape directly on your image and lightly press the tape in place. Make sure there aren’t any air bubbles or ripples in the tape- this will prevent the image from transferring correctly.
Step Four: Burnish the packing tape with the bone folder or wooden craft sticks. (burnish= rub really hard) This allows the packing tape to make a good contact with the image.
Step Five: Place the transfer into a bowl of warm water. Let transfer sit for a few minutes- until the paper is completely saturated. Note: Do not leave sitting in water too long.
Step Six: Remove the paper backing from the transfer. Gently rub your thumbs, in a circular motion, over the paper backing. This process will take a few minutes as the paper ‘gums’ up. Continue rubbing until all of the paper on the back is removed.
You may need to continue to dip the transfer back into the water throughout this process. This is an example of one that needs to be dipped again.
Step Seven: Lay the transfer on a clean flat surface to dry. Depending on the brand of packing tape you use- once the transfer dries, the tape will become sticky again.
Step Eight: Adhere the finished transfer.
If you are not going to be using the transfers right away, they can be stored on a sheet of wax paper. Hope you try this and enjoy the results as much as we do.