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DIY Clear Sticker Labels made with Packing Tape

Learn how to make cheap and easy DIY clear labels for jars with packing tape! I’ll also give you some ideas on how to use these labels / stickers around your home.

I’m so excited to share with you a nifty image transfer technique that uses packing tape to create these gorgeous clear labels for jars! If you’re looking to get more organized in your home, then you’ll love these DIY clear labels with tape.

They not only help you get more organized, but you can use them to turn any plain jar/canister/ container into a gorgeous showcase piece in your kitchen decor & home decor.

That’s what did with these plain white jars I bought from a local thrift store (the Dollarstore would also be an awesome place to find plain jars!). I found some image transfer techniques and this one worked so well I had to share it with you!

Plain white jars from thrift store – BEFORE

Here are some other ideas on how you can use these DIY clear label stickers

  • pantry labels on pantry jars
  • kitchen canisters for dried goods (think (sugar, flour, coffee/tea)
  • spice containers
  • ceramic jars
  • candle jars (DIY gifts)
  • colorful stickers for mason jar
  • laundry room labels
  • gift tags
  • fabric storage boxes
  • plastic storage containers and boxes
  • family command center labels
  • wood decorative objects
  • metal containers and object

I’ve only done black ink with this project, but you can use a color printout of your design and it should work too!

I’ve included some free printable pantry label templates (at the end of this post) for various kitchen organization related labels you can print out yourself. I used a fun pantry label font to make them look decorative, so you can use them a part of your decor if you wanted.

How to make DIY Clear Labels for Jars with Tape


DIY Image transfer Techniques Tutorial

Step 1

Print your label or design on a printer. Cut out your label

Step 2

Take your packing tape, and tape the cutout label onto the sticky part of the packing tape

Step 3

Cut off the packing tape/label from the tape roll

Step 4

Cut the excess tape around the label so that there is no longer any sticky tape exposed. Now you can lay your label down on a flat firm surface and start the burnishing step.

Using your credit card or the back of a spoon, burnish the label. You do this by firmly applying pressure to the front side of the taped label. Slide your credit card firmly across the label a few times.

IMPORTANT: The more pressure you can apply to the label, the better the results you’ll get. This removes any air bubbles and prepares the design to transfer to the tape

Step 5

Put your label(s) into a bowl of water. Leave in the water for about 5 minutes, to loosen up the white paper for easier removal.

Step 6

Take your label out of the water and gently rub the white paper. You will notice that the white paper rubs of pretty easy, while the design is now “stuck” or transferred to the tape. Don’t rub too hard, as it might start lifting your design off the tape.

If you find there are small pieces of white paper that won’t come off near the end, but the label back to soak in the water for a couple of ore minutes – then retry rubbing it off. Don’t worry this will NOT affect the stickiness of the tape!

Step 7

Once all the white paper is rubbed off it should look like this. Lay your sticker down (sticky side up) on any surface and let it dry.

Step 8

Once dry, you can now stick your clear label to any jar, pantry canister, the container you wish!

clear pantry label diy

You’re done! I hope you enjoyed these nifty image transfer techniques to make your own gorgeous DIY clear labels for jars, with simple packing tape! Happy organizing! If you’re looking for the free printable pantry label templates, scroll to the end of this post.

Here are some more pictures of the “After” of these thrift store jars

Free Printable Pantry Label Templates

If you’re interested in the free printable pantry label templates to make your own DIY labels with tape, here they are! Simply click on the image below, and then save the image to your computer and print as-is (its formatted to be printed on standard printer paper). Enjoy!

Tip: If you need to make some more labels on your own, you can use Canva (a free online) to create some more. They have a new service just for stickers too, check it out here.There are many types of pantry label fonts on Canva, but one of my favorites (and the one I used in this project) is “Just another hand” font.

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Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Works great! So glad to have this simple DIY way to make labels!

Jasmine K

Monday 27th of September 2021

That's great to hear Jan! :)

Aparna Mulgund

Monday 10th of May 2021

I did not work for me at all. I did exactly as you mentioned. NOTHING!! the wet paper peeled off the packing tape (soaked it for 5 minutes), blank tape and the paper had the printing on it. Do you have to put the tape immediately? as soon as it is printed, so while the ink is still wet? Curious to know why it works for some and not for others.

Jasmine K

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Hi Susan, good question! I'm not aware of any way to do this easily as most printers print black or in color and this technique requires the ink of the printer to work, unfortunately. My next suggestion is using a cutting machine like the Cricut or if you don't have access to one, there are shops on Etsy that can custom make white vinyl labels for reasonable prices.

Hope that helps! Cheers, Jasmine

Susan lee

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Is there a way to make white labels to be placed on a black background afterwards?

Joy Hoormann

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

I love this idea, thanks for posting. :)

Jasmine K

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Most welcome Joy, glad you liked it!!๐Ÿ˜„

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