Custom Photo Candle Holders | diy packing tape transfers #michaelsmakers

Custom Photo Candle Holders | diy packing tape transfers #michaelsmakers

Custom Photo Candle Holders – DIY packing tape transfers #michaelsmakers | Hello August! I’m pretty excited as the girls and I were able to get together over the weekend and begin the month with an impromptu crafting night.

I love the thrill of learning new art & craft techniques. Even more so when I have the opportunity to pass along the information to others.

This new technique is not only incredibly easy, but pretty genius – to say the least. It requires just a few inexpensive supplies and left all of our heads spinning with a variety of different project ideas.

Custom Photo Candle Holders | DIY Packing Tape Transfers #michaelsmakers

The Courtney Cerruti Image Transfer Technique is just one of many online classes offered by
Michaels Educational Partner, Creativebug.

I had the chance to get a peek into the Creativebug world of watercolors, weaving, paper flowers and image transfers as part of the kickoff to the Michaels Makers 2015 campaign.
I am so honored and excited, once again, to be chosen to be a part of this year’s amazing team!

Michaels graciously invited all 50 Makers to a hilltop estate in California last week for the first Michaels Makers Summit. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, due to previous engagements; however, I was able to experience the project sessions offered, online with Creativebug.
**you can check out the classes too ~ at ~ available until August 22nd free of charge**

Custom Photo Candle Holders #michaelsmakers DIY Packing Tape Transfers

These Custom Photo Candle Holders were created using one of the easiest image transfer methods.
They were simply made with clear packing tape!

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 #michaelsmakers
Custom Photo Candle Holders | DIY Packing Tape Transfers
Materials Needed:
Photos or Text – color or black and white – printed on a Laser Printer or Toner Copier
Heavy Duty Packing Tape
Glass Votive Candles

Additional Supplies Needed: Bone Folder or Wooden Craft Sticks, Bowl of Warm Water

Packing Tape Transfers #michaelsmakers

Step One: Select and print photos or text.

Any color or black and white text or image can be used for packing tape transfers. If using your own photos and text – they must be printed or copied on a laser printer or toner based copier in order for the transfer to work.

For our craft night I simply pulled some photos from the girls’ Instagram accounts, resized them to fit the candles, and sent the files to our local Copy Center for printing – since my home printer only prints inkjet copies. I was able to fit eight different images on one sheet of paper.

Black and white copies from our local Staples are less than 10¢ a piece and color copies are less than 50¢ a piece. Keep in mind this process also works with images and text from magazines and catalogs as well. 

*A set of free printables can be found below for the text and sayings used in this tutorial.

How to Make Packing Tape Transfers #michaelsmakers

Step Two: Trim down the copied image or text.

Our images were trimmed to fit the glass candle holders.

Keep in mind any ‘white’ spaces will become transparent once the transfer is complete.

Packing Tape Transfer Stickers #michaelsmakers

Step Three: Apply the packing tape.

We used this 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 are no air bubbles or ripples in the tape – as this will prevent the image from transferring correctly.

How to Make Packing Tape Stickers #michaelsmakers

Step Four: Actively burnish the packing tape.

‘Burnish’ simply means rub real hard. This allows the packing tape to come in good contact with the image.

A bone folder can be used, as shown above, or even wooden craft sticks – like we used during our craft night.

Once the packing tape is completely burnished, the excess packing tape can be trimmed off.

How to Make Your Own Stickers #michaelsmakers

Step Five: Place the transfer into a bowl of warm water.

Let the transfer sit for a few minutes – until the paper is completely saturated.

Note: The transfer will not be damaged if it is left sitting in the water.

Make a Tape Transfer Sticker #michaelsmakers

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.

Packing Tape Transfer Sticker #michaelsmakers

Continue rubbing until all of the paper backing is removed.

You may need to continue to dip the transfer back into the water throughout this process.

The photo above shows two transfers – one is the during paper removal process and the second is what the transfer will look like once all of the paper backing is removed.

DIY Custom Photo Candles #michaelsmakers

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. So the transfer can be used just like a sticker.

Tape Transfer DIY Custom Candle Holders #michaelsmakers

Step Eight: Adhere the finished transfer.

We stuck our transfers right onto the glass votives. I love this set of votives, especially for illuminating casual dinner tables. They come in sets of 12 and are fairly inexpensive – especially with a store coupon.

If you are not going to be using the transfers right away, they can be stored on a sheet of wax paper.

Photo Copy Tape Transfer #michaelsmakers Make Your Own Custom Stickers

The color photo transfers work the same exact way.

Remember the photos must be printed from a laser printer or toner copier in order for the image to transfer.

Color Photo Transfers #michaelsmakers

Once the paper backing is removed the image becomes transparent.

When selecting images keep in mind the ‘white’ spaces of the photo will be completely clear (like the waves in the photo above).

DIY Color Photo Stickers #michaelsmakers Tape Transfers

Also note: once the transfers are done drying, there should not be any paper pulp left on the packing tape, as shown in the image above.

If you do see any traces of paper pulp simply place the transfer back into a bowl of warm water and continue rubbing off the paper backing, as noted in Step Six.

This occurred more when we were transferring the color photos.

*We also noticed some of the color photo transfers were not as sticky, as the black and white transfers, once they dried.

To get them to stick we simply patted the back of the color transfer with warm water – then placed them on the votives. This worked perfectly!

Below is a sample of our Custom Photo Candle Holders from Craft Night
~ along with the free typography printables at the bottom ~

Custom Photo Candles - How to Make Packing Tape Transfers #michaelsmakers

Glass Photo Candle Holders #michaelsmakers Photo Tape Transfers

Photo Tape Transfers - Custom Candle Holders #michaelsmakers

Photo Transfer Candle Holders Craft #michaelsmakers Packing Tape Transfers

DIY Picture Candle Holders #michaelsmakers Packing Tape Transfers

DIY Photo Centerpiece Candles #michaelsmakers Tape Transfers

DIY Custom Photo Stickers #michaelsmakers Packing Tape Transfers

DIY Photo Votives #michaelsmakers Packing Tape Transfers

Make Your Own Photo Candle Holders #michaelsmakers Tape Transfers

Tape Transfers DIY Photo Candle Votives #michaelsmakers

Free Typography Printables - Packing Tape Transfers - Custom Candle Holders #michaelsmakers
Free Typography Printables:
Page 1 – When you love what you have & Today I’m Thankful
Page 2 – We can do hard things & Love you to the moon & back
Page 3 – Celebrate & Love
Page 4 – Crab & Deer

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Custom Photo Candle Holders | diy packing tape transfers #michaelsmakers
Shop at MichaelsThis post is brought to you by Michaels . The opinions read here are entirely my own. Michaels has recently teamed up with Creativebug to bring you four amazing classes ~ weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer ~ for free! Each class is available online at until 8/22. If you haven’t met all 50 of this year’s Makers, be sure to visit The Gluestring to check out their bios and blogs. Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels.. Let’s celebrate!

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  1. i can see a girls craft night in my future real soon making there. love!

  2. Very cool, thanks for sharing the tutorial. This would be a great coworker
    gift for the Holidays!

  3. Great idea!!

  4. I love doing this with my candles!

  5. Jessica Cheung :

    Thanks for the tutorial, I absolutely love this idea! So much that I am going to have a go at making these for my wedding favours 🙂

    Can I just ask if you printed your images onto photo paper, or will just normal printing paper do? Thanks!

    Jess xx

  6. so nice … thanks

  7. I would love to try this technique for making personalized candle holders. These are also perfect for gifting purposes to the loved ones and colleagues as well. Thank you for sharing such a fabulous idea.

  8. This is absolutely awesome. I love this idea, and I am considering doing this with my class. Thanks for an easy to follow set of instructions.


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