do it yourself: image transfer collage

Learn how to transfer images from magazines using packing tape and create a collage! This DIY is a great way to reuse old magazines lying around your home and turn them into a unique piece of artwork using simple household items.

guidelines + materials

AGE: 6+

TIME FRAME: 1 hour


  • Magazines (glossy images)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Metal spoon
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Scissors
  • Tray or big bowl
  • Jars
  • Warm water
  • Colored cardstock or any heavy-duty paper


1. Begin by selecting desired images from the magazines you gathered. Then place the tape on top of the image you have selected and pull the tape roll as you press the tape onto the image to avoid air bubbles. Make sure to cover the entire image with tape. You may have to use more than one piece and overlap the tape to cover it entirely.

2. Rub the tape over the image using a metal spoon to help smooth the tape down on the surface. Then cut away excess tape and paper around the part of the image you want to use.

3. Pour warm water into your tray/bowl and soak your tape images in it for about 20 minutes or longer if desired. Make sure the paper side is completely saturated with water. Place jars or any heavy object to keep the images submerged in the water.

4. After 20 minutes, take the tape images out of the water and begin to rub and peel off the paper side of the tape. Rub as much as you can. Watch as the ink stays on the tape creating a “ghost” image. Let your tape images dry for at least 15 minutes.

5. You can cut your images or leave as is and collage them onto any type of paper using glue. Be creative and think of other ways you can use your images. Tip: These images also work great attached to clear surfaces like jars by using mod podge to secure.

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