You won’t believe how easy it is to add photos to glass. Follow this simple tutorial to make image transfer glass jars. Learn how to add any image to a glass surface!
Did you know how easy it is to transfer images onto glass? All you need is your image and packing tape!
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Supplies needed for this image transfer craft:
- glass jars – empty and clean. Remove the labels with Goo Gone, and wash with warm soapy water. Or else you can buy Mason jars from the craft store.
- Clear packing tape
- Craft scissors
- Crafts bone folder (or else I just use the edge of a credit card)
- Bowl of lukewarm water
Optional supplies to make photo luminaries
Tutorial – How to Transfer an Image to Glass
Prepare your image. This is really important, and you need to follow these instructions carefully:
- Skinny, vertical images or smaller images work best. Remember that you are constricted by the width of the packing tape.
- White space in images will appear clear when transferred, so choose your image carefully.
- Print your image on a laser printer, and NOT on an inkjet printer. The printer you have at home is likely an inkjet printer. I usually load my image onto a flash drive and take it to my local printer (think Fedex/Kinkos or Office Max) to print in color. Or else, if you already have a hard copy of the picture, you can go make a color photocopy.
- Use regular weight printer paper – NOT photo paper. No special edits are necessary.
Transfer your image. Trim your image down to the width of the packing tape. Lay your image flat and smooth a piece of packing tape over the image. Use a bone folder or the edge of a credit card to remove any bubbles.
Dip the packing tape in water. Gently rub away the paper with your fingers, leaving just the image behind.
Lay the packing tape sticky-side-up to air dry. Do not dry with a towel. After the packing tape air dries, it will be sticky again, so you can just press your image right onto a glass jar.
The images are easiest to see when there is something white in the jar, so I added sand and white votive candles. Plus the sand perfectly complimented my beach vacation photos!