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    MAGIC Decal Transfer Tutorial with Free Printables! As I'm sure some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals. Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one major drawback - it is not particularly durable. So, whilst it's perfect for ornamental purposes, it's not ideal for more practical applications....until now that is! Magic decal coating paper is a complimentary product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable - yes, even dishwasher safe! If you're already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers! As mentioned in this previous post, my recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and magic decals seemed like the perfect partner. As there are probably several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I got from here.... The paper I received came with one sheet of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto and one sheet of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper). GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES 1. Image to transfer Use anything you like. I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them!) 2. Inkjet printer 3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back) Decal paper comes in clear or white. I'm using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image. 4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper) 5. Laminator Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores. 6.Scissors 7. Water 8. Soft cloth 9. Item to embellish As already mentioned, I'm using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA. 10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer THE PROCESS 1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly. I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable if you would like to use them. 2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away. 3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper. As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors. 4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores. 5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image - you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light. Where there is no ink, the decal will leave a very fine, slightly translucent film which is visible close up or on certain angles. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal). 6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely. Important: ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage. 7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water. 8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free (the image for step eight shows the transfer with some minor creases and bubbles. This is only because the photograph depicts the removal of the backing paper before I have smoothed the decal. Rest assured that it does flatten out completely). 9. Finally, set the decal by either: - Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius - Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low - Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 - 10 minutes Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher - twice, just to be certain - and they didn't show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course given I have only had them for a few day I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use. As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with regular waterslide decals too) though once the canisters were full it was barely noticeable. And here are your complimentary printables.... (simply click on the image to enlarge to full size then save it to your computer) Linking up here. PS Next week I will finally post the photos of my updated living room! 132 comments: 1. Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said... Ohhh... I LOVE these!!! Thanks so much for posting!!! February 1, 2012 11:56 PM 2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said... this is SO cool!!! love it! February 2, 2012 12:05 AM 3. Sarah said... This is really one of the cutest projects that I have seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing! I am going to have to try it... February 2, 2012 12:28 AM 4. therestarterhome.com said... Oh, this is fantastic. I've pinned it...can't wait to try it! You make it look easy. Thanks for such a great tutorial! February 2, 2012 12:32 AM 5. Jamie Evelyn said... Such a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing. February 2, 2012 1:13 AM 6. THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said... WHAT A COOL PROJECT! I'LL HAVE TO TRY THAT! lINSEY February 2, 2012 1:17 AM 7. the vintage wren said... These are absolutely lovely, they appeal to my need to have a lovely pantry. Thanks for sharing. February 2, 2012 1:21 AM 8. Korrie@RedHenHome said... These are so cute! What a fun idea. February 2, 2012 1:52 AM 9. Cath said... These are fun and would make a great shower gift. Unfortunately I am not locating the two papers here in the U.S. any suggestions? February 2, 2012 4:49 AM 10. AntiqueChase said... wonderful! and a lovely bridal shower gift!! February 2, 2012 5:19 AM 11. Becca said... Your end product looks simply fabulous! Very you! Thanks for adding the printable sheets! Becca February 2, 2012 6:03 AM 12. Cre8ive Motives said... You know whats funny, I was trying to find a tutorial on how to use decals for my project that I already did but its good to know for future reference. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to use them so I had to come up with a solution before i wasted all of my papers. Thanks for sharing this tut. ~Mandy February 2, 2012 6:37 AM 13. Rachel said... Wow! I love those labels! Thank you for providing us with them, too!! February 2, 2012 7:01 AM 14. NanaDiana said... Thank you so much- I am saving this to my tutorial file. xo Diana February 2, 2012 7:29 AM 15. stormygirl said... Absolutely gorgeous, Kristine! You are so clever, and I adore your labels. They are fabulous! February 2, 2012 8:02 AM 16. Anonymous said... These are really cute and I've pinned them too. Thanks Kristine. Just wondering where you can find the decal paper and the magic paper. Karen February 2, 2012 8:14 AM 17. Alice said... love it! I have been wondering how I would go about putting labels on my canisters (that look nice)... You just solved my problem! February 2, 2012 10:28 AM 18. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi girls There is a link for the paper embedded in the post though here it is directly: stores.ebay.com.a... It is an Australian based store though international shipping is available. Kristine February 2, 2012 10:34 AM 19. The designers said... Hello I am having trouble getting the free printable what is the link ... cant wait to do this... February 2, 2012 10:49 AM 20. LU LU said... Hello I am having trouble getting the free printable what is the link ... cant wait to do this... February 2, 2012 10:50 AM 21. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... 1.bp.blogspot.com... If you are having trouble then feel free to try the above link. Otherwise, you should be able to simply click the image I have included in the post (which will then open to full size in a light box) then save it to your computer. Hope this helps Kristine February 2, 2012 10:54 AM 22. Lettered Cottage said... Absolutely GORGEOUS! :-D February 2, 2012 12:40 PM 23. Okio B Designs said... Love, love, love these! Such a great way to get organized! Jeanine February 2, 2012 12:43 PM 24. Anonymous said... Love the simplicity of these canisters! I even really like your scoops! Where did you find them? February 2, 2012 1:12 PM 25. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi Anon. I was lucky to stumble upon these scoops by chance at a clearance warehouse though I have seen them on Etsy as well. Or perhaps you can try Googling "wooden baking scoop". Kristine February 2, 2012 1:28 PM 26. Rebekah said... I love this! It looks so clean and organized. I cannot wait to do this for my pantry. Thanks for posting. February 2, 2012 1:32 PM 27. Kate said... Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful idea ~ and it has me thinking about applying this idea to other crafts! I've pinned this and added your site to my favorites! Thanks again : ) February 2, 2012 2:04 PM 28. Mrs Ergül said... This is awesome! You can totally sell the labelled jars as a collection! February 2, 2012 2:38 PM 29. Sarah B said... They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing your technique :) February 2, 2012 9:26 PM 30. Ness Lockyer said... Thats awesome! I have been looking for nice labels. Thanks for the images Ness xx Marley & Lockyer February 2, 2012 9:34 PM 31. uniquelyyoursormine said... Never heard of this product... it looks great and I love what you did with it.. just fabulous! - Susan February 2, 2012 10:38 PM 32. debbie refresh restyle said... I love this, thanks for the labels! Debbie February 2, 2012 11:28 PM 33. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... I LOVE YOU! I am doing this for my kitchen... It is PERFECT! Thank you for sharing! February 3, 2012 4:09 AM 34. Michelle said... This is so cool! Thanks for sharing so many details about how you did it. Do you know if it will work on plastic containers as well as glass? Obviously finishing in the microwave rather than the oven -- what a mess otherwise! February 3, 2012 4:11 AM 35. Becki said... Oh my word! Super crafty idea. I am thinking of redoing my glass spice jars with this. Too perfect. TFS, The Happy Card Encouragement Factory February 3, 2012 4:53 AM 36. Anonymous said... Can I ask a dumb question; what is magic paper? I just ordered Clear Waterslide Decal Paper to do this cool project and you list magic paper also. I have all the other tools. I want to make sure I get the 3 paper layer correct. Thanks Jen February 3, 2012 6:30 AM 37. Dorothée said... It's a lovely project and I'd love to make my own labels in French. Would you mind telling me what is the font you used ? I love the look of it. February 3, 2012 7:57 AM 38. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Michelle I'm not 100% certain though I am pretty sure you can use this on plastic too though do be careful with the microwave because, as I'm sure you are aware, some plastics can melt and warp. Jen (Anon) You do not need the Magic paper to complete this project however it does give the product a more robust finish. As mentioned in the post, Magic paper is a separate product designed to coat the waterslide decal to give it a protective seal. You can purchase it from the link I have provided by clicking on the logo in the post. If you want to do this project without the Magic paper then follow the previous waterslide decal tutorial I posted here: thepaintedhive.bl... Dorothee I used three fonts; Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 3, 2012 9:09 AM 39. Pilar Wong said... Quick question- I've seen several tutorials similar to this that state that the plates and items they make should not be used to serve or eat food from. Do you know if you're decals are food safe? Thanks! February 3, 2012 10:47 AM 40. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Pilar My understanding is that they should not be used on food-touch surfaces (such as the inside of bowls or mugs etc.) though they are quite safe for any external surface. Kristine February 3, 2012 11:08 AM 41. Janet said... I was going to ask what magic paper was too? This is so cool. I love dictionary type. I love the kitchen scale too. Great tutorial. February 3, 2012 2:01 PM 42. Maria said... These are gorgeous! Love the font! February 3, 2012 2:05 PM 43. Colleen said... Fabulous!!!! Just the idea I was looking for! Great job!!! February 3, 2012 5:50 PM 44. Oliver's said... Love Love Love this project!!! Is there any way would customize some lables and sell them? I am photoshop illiterate. I would love the ones you have shown along with a granola and an oats label. Thanks Paula February 4, 2012 12:47 AM 45. My Indulgences said... Love this project and the labels turned out great. Photoshop is definitely my best friend! The instructions on my decal paper say to spray it with a few coats of "clear coat" (letting it dry between each coat) before you apply the decal to your surface. I haven't run mine through the dishwasher, but have hand-washed items and so far so good. Just an alternative that may work as well... Gettin ready to take a look around at the rest of your inspiration. Thanks for posting! Lora February 4, 2012 1:58 AM 46. lynn said... awesome tut--tfs:) February 4, 2012 2:14 AM 47. c. Joy said... Thanks for the lesson. Now to find something around here to try this on. February 4, 2012 2:46 AM 48. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said... I love these, very cool tutorial. Hmm, going to have to find me decal paper. Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence. February 4, 2012 3:55 AM 49. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Oliver's I am hoping to create a downloadable customisable PDF in the future so people can create their own labels though I am still learning how to do this! If you aren't confident with editing programs then at this stage it is not possible to modify them. Kristine February 4, 2012 11:24 AM 50. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... My Indulgences (Lora) Yep, the general way to protect waterslide decals is with a few coats of clear sealer (this is how I did it in my previous waterslide decal tutorial - link at the top of this post). I just wanted to share the Magic paper technique too because it's just a bit more durable and the decals are easier to handle. Kristine February 4, 2012 11:31 AM 51. Deana said... This is an awesome idea I love it...Pinnin ya'...I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday midnight… February 4, 2012 12:02 PM 52. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... I am so happy you came over my blog and visited my party! You'll be featured tomorrow during STICKER TIME! February 4, 2012 6:06 PM 53. bdswagger said... This is a great tut, but the labels decals, when they open in another window, or tiny, and the link you posted for someone else in the comments, doesn't seem to be working. I'm a ceramic artist and I think this will work just as well on my ceramic pieces, with my own decals, ofcourse. Thanks! Leigh Perry February 4, 2012 8:31 PM 54. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Leigh Perry May I ask what browser you are using? Perhaps there are some compatability issues as no-one else has mentioned any problems. When you click on the image it should open in a lightbox at full size. If you then save the image to your computer it should be standard print size (at least, it is for me). Alternatively, right click on the image and open it in a new window then hover over it. You should see a magifying glass. If you click on the image it should zoom in to full size then you can save it to your computer (again, what you see may be dependant on the particular browser you are using). Do not simply save the image as it appears in the blog post - you need to open it to full size first. If this all fails, please try this link: 4.bp.blogspot.com... (again, you will need to zoom in to open the image to full size). Please let me know if you continue to have problems. Could you please also let me know if it works so I know all is okay. Thanks Kristine :-) February 4, 2012 8:57 PM 55. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said... So cool! I must try this! February 4, 2012 11:53 PM 56. Bliss said... I'm really behind the learning curve..... I didn't even know there was decal paper! Adding it to my list now. ~Bliss~ Stopped over from, hmmm, I forget, maybe Funky Junk? February 5, 2012 1:36 AM 57. simplydesigning.b... said... These look amazing...and I have seriously never heard of waterslide decals!! But how cool are those!! I would love for you to link up at my Weekly Friday Link Party if you are interested. Ashley www.simplydesigni... February 5, 2012 2:07 AM 58. carole said... Petit mot pour toi sur mon blog le 07/02 à 18 heures Bravo ! Bizzzzz Carole February 5, 2012 3:20 AM 59. Simply Grace said... I love this project! Where did you find the jars....I've been looking for some like that for a long time, and are they plastic or glass? February 5, 2012 3:47 AM 60. Cindy said... So cute! Thanks for the printables! XO Cindy February 5, 2012 5:30 AM 61. Butterbean Row said... Kristine, How did you know? I just recently purchased the decal paper and I am getting ready to make a decal for a painted table tomorrow. Thanks so much for the tutorial! ♥charlotte February 5, 2012 7:48 AM 62. Lisa said... thanks for posting this Kristine, I love these decals! February 5, 2012 10:42 AM 63. Deana said... Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party! Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:) February 5, 2012 12:58 PM 64. Jenn Lifford said... These are FABULOUS!!! I just pinned them and hope to do something like this very soon! If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my link party on Tuesday night. I've shared this on my Facebook page too. Soooo cute! February 5, 2012 5:36 PM 65. Cameron Meerdink said... Such an awesome product - and your decal designs are pretty sweet, too! February 5, 2012 7:05 PM 66. GdeG said... really wonderful! February 6, 2012 2:57 AM 67. Toodie said... VERY. COOL. I also like typographic things so this was awesome to see!. Thank you so much for the great tutorial and a special thank you for allowing us to use your hard work. :) February 6, 2012 3:50 AM 68. Robin Reilly (Coveteria) said... These are great - now I need to get some of this paper, some jars AND finally ink for my printer! February 6, 2012 4:41 AM 69. Eva said... I just love this!! February 6, 2012 5:01 AM 70. Sharon said... Fantastic tut....and so timely! Having a crafty weekend get-together with the girls next weekend. We can do this! February 6, 2012 12:45 PM 71. Dee said... Adorable. Wish I could use your printables but I will have to make my own to label all my different types for gluten free flours. Thanks so much for the tutorial! February 6, 2012 1:38 PM 72. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Simply Grace As mentioned in the post the jars are from IKEA. They are glass (not plastic), from the SLOM range. Hope this helps :-) Kristine February 6, 2012 3:12 PM 73. Angie said... Wow! I love this. I'd never heard of this decal paper before, so I'm looking forward to trying it now. I hope you'll come share it for the Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party. The party starts Monday evening. Blessings, Angie @ Knick of Time February 6, 2012 4:18 PM 74. Karen Mary Butterfly said... Wow. These are fantastic. I have been buying glass jars like this at thrift stores. Can't wait to do this! February 7, 2012 1:48 AM 75. Lynn Lovejoy said... Question, Do I need to get laser waterslide decal paper or inkjet? What's the difference? i can't wait to try this but cant seem to find any magic paper here in the US that isn't insanely expensive! Any other suggestions? Thanks! These are amazing! I hope you make more in the future! February 7, 2012 6:23 AM 76. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi Lynn If you have an inkjet printer (which uses ink cartridges) then you need the inkjet paper. If you have a laser printer (which uses toner) then you would use the laser paper. I don't know what the technical difference is though I imagine the papers are made specifically to 'hold' either ink or toner. You can make these decals without the Magic paper (with waterslide paper alone) you just don't get the same durability (though they are still somewhat robust). You can see my previous tutorial for that by visiting the link at the top of this post. The paper is a little expensive though I only used one sheet for all of my jars. Kristine February 7, 2012 8:11 AM 77. Jan@southernjunkin' said... Love this project! Thanks for the TUT!! Visiting from Sunday's Best! Drop by for a visit sometime! I'm one of your newest friends! February 7, 2012 8:25 AM 78. kevly said... Would you believe just last night, as I transfered our breadcrumbs into an empty jar, I wondered how I could go about labelling my jars - and look, your wonderful post has just answered my queries. Thank you so much. They look wonderful! February 7, 2012 1:37 PM 79. flutietootie said... Thanks for the tutorial. It is very creative and resourceful. February 7, 2012 5:13 PM 80. Kristen Lynn said... These are so so so cute! Thank you for the adorable free printables! Definitely using! xo kristen February 8, 2012 9:00 AM 81. Julie Elick said... wow...o wow o wow o wow...this is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! February 8, 2012 10:59 AM 82. Anonymous said... Really cute! I couldn't help but notice your flour label for self "raising" flour. In the US we say self "rising" flour. February 8, 2012 9:33 PM 83. Jelli Bean said... What a great item! I've never heard of this before, but would love to try it! February 9, 2012 2:21 AM 84. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... i ordered the decal paper!!! i cannot WAIT to do this! do you think you could just make them in a word document? i don't have photoshop...nor do i want to pay to get it lol February 9, 2012 2:22 AM 85. Michelle said... This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the labels and the tutorial! February 9, 2012 5:07 AM 86. aimee said... i featured this post as my crush of the week pop over and grab a " i was talked up and twigg studios" button if you like xxx February 9, 2012 7:44 AM 87. Lindsey said... I love this!! Thanks so much! Jars bought, paper ordered, and I'm so excited! Can you tell me what font you used in case I end up labeling my entire kitchen? Lol! February 9, 2012 10:25 AM 88. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... sorry another quick question...how did you get the numbers for the dictionary definition...that's such a cute addition and im making a whole bunch so want to have numbers :) February 9, 2012 12:21 PM 89. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Lynn You could certainly do something like this in Word. If you don't have Photoshop you can use Paint.net or GIMP (they are both free image manipulation programs). I used Paint.net before I got Photoshop (I made my blog banner using it). The numbers above each label are just made up cause I though they would look cute. Kristine February 9, 2012 1:00 PM 90. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Lindsey The fonts are Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 9, 2012 1:01 PM 91. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... UMM I just spent the last hour and a half making these labels for EVERYTHING in my pantry lol... we are moving and i'm desperately trying to reorganize my life and you have basically been the biggest god-send ever. I love your idea for the definitions...it is SO beautiful, simple and unique (well maybe not unique for me since i'm copying you, but you were definitely unique for coming up with it! ) I used the numbers you had for the ones you had done and made my own...i'll probably be posting them on my blog asap and will be sure to link up to your blog so everyone can see how amazing you are...so thankful for pinterest since it caused me to discover you! February 9, 2012 1:55 PM 92. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... ok hi again! haha i'm back! I told you I'd post it on my blog and I did... plus you can see all the ones I made! took me awhile but totally worth it! www.orderinthekit... February 9, 2012 2:41 PM 93. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... hi! i just responded to your comment on my blog, but i'm not sure if my website lets you know if i responded or not, so i'm just telling you here just in case :) February 9, 2012 3:25 PM 94. odetoinspiration said... OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! Pinned them!! February 9, 2012 4:21 PM 95. Wendy @ Salt and Wine said... This is awesome, thank you so much for sharing!!! February 10, 2012 4:22 AM 96. creativeDIYgal said... love love love these!! found them on Pinterest AND I just love your Hive :)!!!! thanks for sharing! February 10, 2012 6:14 AM 97. Holly Lefevre said... I thought I commented on this...but maybe just pin it! I have done a lot with waterslide decals and am so interested to try this technique...thanks for teaching me something new! Thanks for linking up to tickled pink...featuring this this week! February 10, 2012 7:06 AM 98. Amy said... Wow, I LOVE these! They look fantastic, and I'm all about the dictionary definitions! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays; you're being featured tomorrow at One Artsy Mama! oneartmama.blogsp... February 10, 2012 7:18 AM 99. Samantha said... Wow! Great tutorial!! I will have to look out for some of this cool magic paper! Found you via Today's Creative Blog :-) February 10, 2012 9:16 AM 100. Becca said... Hello dear! I used your awesome over-sized map tutorial from your bedroom to complete some map art. Here's the link if you wanna see my version! gardenberger.blog... Thanks so much for sharing your amazing tutorial! Becca February 10, 2012 9:41 AM 101. JulieChats said... You've inspired me to get to work on my Pantry!!! THANK YOU! I found you over at Today's Creative too...you probably want to head over there & see who's featured today.... :) (hint: the blog has something to do with Painting & Bees!!!???) CONGRATULATIONS! February 10, 2012 10:01 AM 102. Jessa said... Great idea! I've never heard of Magic Paper. I'm going to try this to organize my craft closet. Found you via TCB. February 10, 2012 11:13 AM 103. Monica M said... Hi, I am super super dying to know, but could this paper be used on skin? Like as temporary tattoos? February 11, 2012 12:20 AM 104. Michelle said... I just moved into an older home with lots of space and not a lot of money to fill it all. I am new to the crafty, DIY thing bt am super excited bout getting startedon some projects I have chosen, including these canisters. Can you tell me where is the best place to buy these type of jars, or vintage mason jars? These remind me of an old farmhouse kitchen, and that is the theme I want in mine. I'm so glad I found your site, you have great style and I will be following you. February 11, 2012 1:00 AM 105. kristincita said... thank you Thank You THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! I love these!!!!! February 11, 2012 1:34 AM 106. A Heel in Mint said... Love the idea. So creative! xx Heel in Mint February 11, 2012 6:51 AM 107. Dale Janeé said... This is SO cute. As soon I learn to cook and need jars of ingredients, I'm going to Copy this idea FOR sure. I love how simple and modern it looks. xoDale www.savvyspice.net February 11, 2012 7:04 AM 108. Susie said... Love this project...love the simple look with the jars. The possibilities for this kind of transfer are endless! Thanks for sharing all the details. February 11, 2012 8:26 AM 109. cathy@my1929charmer said... I love your labels, and they are really cool looking! Thanks for sharing the details on how you made them. I have a need for these since I am organizing my pantry. SO nice of you to share you labels. Was so happy to see you shared your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best Par.tay! February 11, 2012 12:06 PM 110. Jen at The Three Little Piglets said... Just saw these over on Today's Creative Blog and man are they cute!! Pinning now! February 11, 2012 12:44 PM 111. CountryMommaCooks said... Your printables made the top 5 @CountryMommaCooks Link Party.....stop by and grab a button:) February 11, 2012 2:13 PM 112. Hibiscus House said... I love this clean pretty look! Thanks for the tutorial. I found you on Country Momma Cooks. Love and now follow your blog.. Dolly of Hibiscus House Dolly Is Cooking and dolly's designs February 11, 2012 11:09 PM 113. mowgslie said... These are so awesome! I would actually like to know how you made these transfers...? I have a few other ones such as coffee and baking powder that I would like to make, but I don't want them to look different. Thanks! February 12, 2012 12:57 AM 114. Linda @ it all started with paint said... Simply brilliant! And I'm stopping by from a briliant blog, Thistlewood Farms, who featured you today. Check her out. Kari is smart, funny & creative ... a rock star combo! Linda mailto:itallstart... February 12, 2012 3:02 AM 115. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said... This is so great...it reminds me of a temporary tattoo so it's nice to hear they are dishwasher safe. So cool! Came over from Thistlewood Farm. :) Happy to be a new follower. Karah February 12, 2012 4:23 AM 116. CAS said... This is a wonderful idea. Not all of us have those Silhouettes or other type machines, so this is a great answer. Thank you so much for sharing. CAS February 12, 2012 6:34 AM 117. Jo @ To a Pretty Life said... Your cannisters look amazing! I wouldn't have guessed they weren't regular decals. I've been wanting to label mine (the same jars from Ikea) February 12, 2012 7:41 AM 118. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Monica M This particular paper is not designed for temporary tattoos though you can buy special tattoo decal paper. Just try Googling it - I'm sure you'll find some. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:27 AM 119. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Michelle I bought these jars from IKEA though if you don't have one near you they are available in quite a few stores. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:29 AM 120. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Mowgslie I created my labels in Photoshop though you could just as easily make them in Word. One of my readers actually made a whole heap more labels for her pantry (using Word) and she has allowed me to post about them so I will publish them soon. If you are interested in making your own I used the fonts Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:48 AM 121. Birdy said... Awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! February 12, 2012 2:02 PM 122. CAStone said... Love this idea, and the style is great! I was wondering if you thought a hot iron would work instead of a laminator. I just can't justify buying a laminator for one project... February 12, 2012 4:09 PM 123. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... CAStone Yep, I think you could use a warm iron. The principle is the same though I'm not 100% certain. Kristine February 12, 2012 9:17 PM 124. Sewandthecity said... Wow, wow...this is such a fab idea. Thank you so much for posting. We have mismatched kitchen in our rented flat and i recently had to add a curtain to a front of a cabinet and my glass jars look so much in a need of some cool decoration. I will be making your labels...love them. Lets hope I'll find the paper in Germany...for everything else there is Amazon :-) February 12, 2012 10:28 PM 125. aimee said... hi again it would be great if you could link this project up at twiggstudios.blog... incase some of my readers didnt see the feature i did xxx thankyou February 13, 2012 2:46 AM 126. Leah said... Thanks for sharing the cute printables! Love it! February 13, 2012 4:48 AM 127. Maria Matter said... Fabulous! pinned it! February 13, 2012 5:15 AM 128. Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said... I featured this post on Bedazzle Me Monday! everything-undert... Thanks so much for being a part of the party!! Feel free to grab a feature button :) Have a great week! February 13, 2012 3:44 PM 129. kimber said... Hey Kristine Sorry, I'm a little late to the party {thank you Pinterest for leading me here} and wonder if it HAS to be an injet printer. Not to be a snob or anything… but I only have a laser printer. Will that work? February 14, 2012 7:08 AM 130. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Kimber I understand that this paper is specifically designed for inkjet printers though you can also get laser printer decal paper. Just try Googling it. Good luck! Kristine February 14, 2012 8:57 AM 131. randee said... You lost me on step 4 and 5. If you laminate the 3 sheets together, then they are fused between the laminate sheets. Are you then cutting them apart and throwing the translucent sheet away. You would still have your printed paper and decal paper and other side of the laminate sheet all stuck together. Is this step just to fuse the printed and magic paper together onto a stiff backing of laminate sheet. February 14, 2012 12:55 PM 132. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Randee You don't use a laminating sheet. The decal paper and Magic paper fuse together with the heat from the laminating machine. The translucent paper is just used to protect the decal paper and will not stick during the laminating process. Hope this helps. Kristine February 14, 2012 1:55 PM Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home MAGIC Decal Transfer Tutorial with Free Printables! As I'm sure some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals. Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one major drawback - it is not particularly durable. So, whilst it's perfect for ornamental purposes, it's not ideal for more practical applications....until now that is! Magic decal coating paper is a complimentary product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable - yes, even dishwasher safe! If you're already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers! As mentioned in this previous post, my recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and magic decals seemed like the perfect partner. As there are probably several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I got from here.... The paper I received came with one sheet of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto and one sheet of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper). GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES 1. Image to transfer Use anything you like. I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them!) 2. Inkjet printer 3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back) Decal paper comes in clear or white. I'm using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image. 4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper) 5. Laminator Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores. 6.Scissors 7. Water 8. Soft cloth 9. Item to embellish As already mentioned, I'm using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA. 10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer THE PROCESS 1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly. I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable if you would like to use them. 2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away. 3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper. As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors. 4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores. 5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image - you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light. Where there is no ink, the decal will leave a very fine, slightly translucent film which is visible close up or on certain angles. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal). 6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely. Important: ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage. 7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water. 8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free (the image for step eight shows the transfer with some minor creases and bubbles. This is only because the photograph depicts the removal of the backing paper before I have smoothed the decal. Rest assured that it does flatten out completely). 9. Finally, set the decal by either: - Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius - Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low - Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 - 10 minutes Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher - twice, just to be certain - and they didn't show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course given I have only had them for a few day I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use. As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with regular waterslide decals too) though once the canisters were full it was barely noticeable. And here are your complimentary printables.... (simply click on the image to enlarge to full size then save it to your computer) Linking up here. PS Next week I will finally post the photos of my updated living room! 132 comments: 1. Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said... Ohhh... I LOVE these!!! Thanks so much for posting!!! February 1, 2012 11:56 PM 2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said... this is SO cool!!! love it! February 2, 2012 12:05 AM 3. Sarah said... This is really one of the cutest projects that I have seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing! I am going to have to try it... February 2, 2012 12:28 AM 4. therestarterhome.com said... Oh, this is fantastic. I've pinned it...can't wait to try it! You make it look easy. Thanks for such a great tutorial! February 2, 2012 12:32 AM 5. Jamie Evelyn said... Such a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing. February 2, 2012 1:13 AM 6. THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said... WHAT A COOL PROJECT! I'LL HAVE TO TRY THAT! lINSEY February 2, 2012 1:17 AM 7. the vintage wren said... These are absolutely lovely, they appeal to my need to have a lovely pantry. Thanks for sharing. February 2, 2012 1:21 AM 8. Korrie@RedHenHome said... These are so cute! What a fun idea. February 2, 2012 1:52 AM 9. Cath said... These are fun and would make a great shower gift. Unfortunately I am not locating the two papers here in the U.S. any suggestions? February 2, 2012 4:49 AM 10. AntiqueChase said... wonderful! and a lovely bridal shower gift!! February 2, 2012 5:19 AM 11. Becca said... Your end product looks simply fabulous! Very you! Thanks for adding the printable sheets! Becca February 2, 2012 6:03 AM 12. Cre8ive Motives said... You know whats funny, I was trying to find a tutorial on how to use decals for my project that I already did but its good to know for future reference. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to use them so I had to come up with a solution before i wasted all of my papers. Thanks for sharing this tut. ~Mandy February 2, 2012 6:37 AM 13. Rachel said... Wow! I love those labels! Thank you for providing us with them, too!! February 2, 2012 7:01 AM 14. NanaDiana said... Thank you so much- I am saving this to my tutorial file. xo Diana February 2, 2012 7:29 AM 15. stormygirl said... Absolutely gorgeous, Kristine! You are so clever, and I adore your labels. They are fabulous! February 2, 2012 8:02 AM 16. Anonymous said... These are really cute and I've pinned them too. Thanks Kristine. Just wondering where you can find the decal paper and the magic paper. Karen February 2, 2012 8:14 AM 17. Alice said... love it! I have been wondering how I would go about putting labels on my canisters (that look nice)... You just solved my problem! February 2, 2012 10:28 AM 18. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi girls There is a link for the paper embedded in the post though here it is directly: stores.ebay.com.a... It is an Australian based store though international shipping is available. Kristine February 2, 2012 10:34 AM 19. The designers said... Hello I am having trouble getting the free printable what is the link ... cant wait to do this... February 2, 2012 10:49 AM 20. LU LU said... Hello I am having trouble getting the free printable what is the link ... cant wait to do this... February 2, 2012 10:50 AM 21. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... 1.bp.blogspot.com... If you are having trouble then feel free to try the above link. Otherwise, you should be able to simply click the image I have included in the post (which will then open to full size in a light box) then save it to your computer. Hope this helps Kristine February 2, 2012 10:54 AM 22. Lettered Cottage said... Absolutely GORGEOUS! :-D February 2, 2012 12:40 PM 23. Okio B Designs said... Love, love, love these! Such a great way to get organized! Jeanine February 2, 2012 12:43 PM 24. Anonymous said... Love the simplicity of these canisters! I even really like your scoops! Where did you find them? February 2, 2012 1:12 PM 25. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi Anon. I was lucky to stumble upon these scoops by chance at a clearance warehouse though I have seen them on Etsy as well. Or perhaps you can try Googling "wooden baking scoop". Kristine February 2, 2012 1:28 PM 26. Rebekah said... I love this! It looks so clean and organized. I cannot wait to do this for my pantry. Thanks for posting. February 2, 2012 1:32 PM 27. Kate said... Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful idea ~ and it has me thinking about applying this idea to other crafts! I've pinned this and added your site to my favorites! Thanks again : ) February 2, 2012 2:04 PM 28. Mrs Ergül said... This is awesome! You can totally sell the labelled jars as a collection! February 2, 2012 2:38 PM 29. Sarah B said... They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing your technique :) February 2, 2012 9:26 PM 30. Ness Lockyer said... Thats awesome! I have been looking for nice labels. Thanks for the images Ness xx Marley & Lockyer February 2, 2012 9:34 PM 31. uniquelyyoursormine said... Never heard of this product... it looks great and I love what you did with it.. just fabulous! - Susan February 2, 2012 10:38 PM 32. debbie refresh restyle said... I love this, thanks for the labels! Debbie February 2, 2012 11:28 PM 33. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... I LOVE YOU! I am doing this for my kitchen... It is PERFECT! Thank you for sharing! February 3, 2012 4:09 AM 34. Michelle said... This is so cool! Thanks for sharing so many details about how you did it. Do you know if it will work on plastic containers as well as glass? Obviously finishing in the microwave rather than the oven -- what a mess otherwise! February 3, 2012 4:11 AM 35. Becki said... Oh my word! Super crafty idea. I am thinking of redoing my glass spice jars with this. Too perfect. TFS, The Happy Card Encouragement Factory February 3, 2012 4:53 AM 36. Anonymous said... Can I ask a dumb question; what is magic paper? I just ordered Clear Waterslide Decal Paper to do this cool project and you list magic paper also. I have all the other tools. I want to make sure I get the 3 paper layer correct. Thanks Jen February 3, 2012 6:30 AM 37. Dorothée said... It's a lovely project and I'd love to make my own labels in French. Would you mind telling me what is the font you used ? I love the look of it. February 3, 2012 7:57 AM 38. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Michelle I'm not 100% certain though I am pretty sure you can use this on plastic too though do be careful with the microwave because, as I'm sure you are aware, some plastics can melt and warp. Jen (Anon) You do not need the Magic paper to complete this project however it does give the product a more robust finish. As mentioned in the post, Magic paper is a separate product designed to coat the waterslide decal to give it a protective seal. You can purchase it from the link I have provided by clicking on the logo in the post. If you want to do this project without the Magic paper then follow the previous waterslide decal tutorial I posted here: thepaintedhive.bl... Dorothee I used three fonts; Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 3, 2012 9:09 AM 39. Pilar Wong said... Quick question- I've seen several tutorials similar to this that state that the plates and items they make should not be used to serve or eat food from. Do you know if you're decals are food safe? Thanks! February 3, 2012 10:47 AM 40. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Pilar My understanding is that they should not be used on food-touch surfaces (such as the inside of bowls or mugs etc.) though they are quite safe for any external surface. Kristine February 3, 2012 11:08 AM 41. Janet said... I was going to ask what magic paper was too? This is so cool. I love dictionary type. I love the kitchen scale too. Great tutorial. February 3, 2012 2:01 PM 42. Maria said... These are gorgeous! Love the font! February 3, 2012 2:05 PM 43. Colleen said... Fabulous!!!! Just the idea I was looking for! Great job!!! February 3, 2012 5:50 PM 44. Oliver's said... Love Love Love this project!!! Is there any way would customize some lables and sell them? I am photoshop illiterate. I would love the ones you have shown along with a granola and an oats label. Thanks Paula February 4, 2012 12:47 AM 45. My Indulgences said... Love this project and the labels turned out great. Photoshop is definitely my best friend! The instructions on my decal paper say to spray it with a few coats of "clear coat" (letting it dry between each coat) before you apply the decal to your surface. I haven't run mine through the dishwasher, but have hand-washed items and so far so good. Just an alternative that may work as well... Gettin ready to take a look around at the rest of your inspiration. Thanks for posting! Lora February 4, 2012 1:58 AM 46. lynn said... awesome tut--tfs:) February 4, 2012 2:14 AM 47. c. Joy said... Thanks for the lesson. Now to find something around here to try this on. February 4, 2012 2:46 AM 48. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said... I love these, very cool tutorial. Hmm, going to have to find me decal paper. Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence. February 4, 2012 3:55 AM 49. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Oliver's I am hoping to create a downloadable customisable PDF in the future so people can create their own labels though I am still learning how to do this! If you aren't confident with editing programs then at this stage it is not possible to modify them. Kristine February 4, 2012 11:24 AM 50. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... My Indulgences (Lora) Yep, the general way to protect waterslide decals is with a few coats of clear sealer (this is how I did it in my previous waterslide decal tutorial - link at the top of this post). I just wanted to share the Magic paper technique too because it's just a bit more durable and the decals are easier to handle. Kristine February 4, 2012 11:31 AM 51. Deana said... This is an awesome idea I love it...Pinnin ya'...I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday midnight… February 4, 2012 12:02 PM 52. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... I am so happy you came over my blog and visited my party! You'll be featured tomorrow during STICKER TIME! February 4, 2012 6:06 PM 53. bdswagger said... This is a great tut, but the labels decals, when they open in another window, or tiny, and the link you posted for someone else in the comments, doesn't seem to be working. I'm a ceramic artist and I think this will work just as well on my ceramic pieces, with my own decals, ofcourse. Thanks! Leigh Perry February 4, 2012 8:31 PM 54. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Leigh Perry May I ask what browser you are using? Perhaps there are some compatability issues as no-one else has mentioned any problems. When you click on the image it should open in a lightbox at full size. If you then save the image to your computer it should be standard print size (at least, it is for me). Alternatively, right click on the image and open it in a new window then hover over it. You should see a magifying glass. If you click on the image it should zoom in to full size then you can save it to your computer (again, what you see may be dependant on the particular browser you are using). Do not simply save the image as it appears in the blog post - you need to open it to full size first. If this all fails, please try this link: 4.bp.blogspot.com... (again, you will need to zoom in to open the image to full size). Please let me know if you continue to have problems. Could you please also let me know if it works so I know all is okay. Thanks Kristine :-) February 4, 2012 8:57 PM 55. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said... So cool! I must try this! February 4, 2012 11:53 PM 56. Bliss said... I'm really behind the learning curve..... I didn't even know there was decal paper! Adding it to my list now. ~Bliss~ Stopped over from, hmmm, I forget, maybe Funky Junk? February 5, 2012 1:36 AM 57. simplydesigning.b... said... These look amazing...and I have seriously never heard of waterslide decals!! But how cool are those!! I would love for you to link up at my Weekly Friday Link Party if you are interested. Ashley www.simplydesigni... February 5, 2012 2:07 AM 58. carole said... Petit mot pour toi sur mon blog le 07/02 à 18 heures Bravo ! Bizzzzz Carole February 5, 2012 3:20 AM 59. Simply Grace said... I love this project! Where did you find the jars....I've been looking for some like that for a long time, and are they plastic or glass? February 5, 2012 3:47 AM 60. Cindy said... So cute! Thanks for the printables! XO Cindy February 5, 2012 5:30 AM 61. Butterbean Row said... Kristine, How did you know? I just recently purchased the decal paper and I am getting ready to make a decal for a painted table tomorrow. Thanks so much for the tutorial! ♥charlotte February 5, 2012 7:48 AM 62. Lisa said... thanks for posting this Kristine, I love these decals! February 5, 2012 10:42 AM 63. Deana said... Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party! Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:) February 5, 2012 12:58 PM 64. Jenn Lifford said... These are FABULOUS!!! I just pinned them and hope to do something like this very soon! If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my link party on Tuesday night. I've shared this on my Facebook page too. Soooo cute! February 5, 2012 5:36 PM 65. Cameron Meerdink said... Such an awesome product - and your decal designs are pretty sweet, too! February 5, 2012 7:05 PM 66. GdeG said... really wonderful! February 6, 2012 2:57 AM 67. Toodie said... VERY. COOL. I also like typographic things so this was awesome to see!. Thank you so much for the great tutorial and a special thank you for allowing us to use your hard work. :) February 6, 2012 3:50 AM 68. Robin Reilly (Coveteria) said... These are great - now I need to get some of this paper, some jars AND finally ink for my printer! February 6, 2012 4:41 AM 69. Eva said... I just love this!! February 6, 2012 5:01 AM 70. Sharon said... Fantastic tut....and so timely! Having a crafty weekend get-together with the girls next weekend. We can do this! February 6, 2012 12:45 PM 71. Dee said... Adorable. Wish I could use your printables but I will have to make my own to label all my different types for gluten free flours. Thanks so much for the tutorial! February 6, 2012 1:38 PM 72. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Simply Grace As mentioned in the post the jars are from IKEA. They are glass (not plastic), from the SLOM range. Hope this helps :-) Kristine February 6, 2012 3:12 PM 73. Angie said... Wow! I love this. I'd never heard of this decal paper before, so I'm looking forward to trying it now. I hope you'll come share it for the Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party. The party starts Monday evening. Blessings, Angie @ Knick of Time February 6, 2012 4:18 PM 74. Karen Mary Butterfly said... Wow. These are fantastic. I have been buying glass jars like this at thrift stores. Can't wait to do this! February 7, 2012 1:48 AM 75. Lynn Lovejoy said... Question, Do I need to get laser waterslide decal paper or inkjet? What's the difference? i can't wait to try this but cant seem to find any magic paper here in the US that isn't insanely expensive! Any other suggestions? Thanks! These are amazing! I hope you make more in the future! February 7, 2012 6:23 AM 76. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi Lynn If you have an inkjet printer (which uses ink cartridges) then you need the inkjet paper. If you have a laser printer (which uses toner) then you would use the laser paper. I don't know what the technical difference is though I imagine the papers are made specifically to 'hold' either ink or toner. You can make these decals without the Magic paper (with waterslide paper alone) you just don't get the same durability (though they are still somewhat robust). You can see my previous tutorial for that by visiting the link at the top of this post. The paper is a little expensive though I only used one sheet for all of my jars. Kristine February 7, 2012 8:11 AM 77. Jan@southernjunkin' said... Love this project! Thanks for the TUT!! Visiting from Sunday's Best! Drop by for a visit sometime! I'm one of your newest friends! February 7, 2012 8:25 AM 78. kevly said... Would you believe just last night, as I transfered our breadcrumbs into an empty jar, I wondered how I could go about labelling my jars - and look, your wonderful post has just answered my queries. Thank you so much. They look wonderful! February 7, 2012 1:37 PM 79. flutietootie said... Thanks for the tutorial. It is very creative and resourceful. February 7, 2012 5:13 PM 80. Kristen Lynn said... These are so so so cute! Thank you for the adorable free printables! Definitely using! xo kristen February 8, 2012 9:00 AM 81. Julie Elick said... wow...o wow o wow o wow...this is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! February 8, 2012 10:59 AM 82. Anonymous said... Really cute! I couldn't help but notice your flour label for self "raising" flour. In the US we say self "rising" flour. February 8, 2012 9:33 PM 83. Jelli Bean said... What a great item! I've never heard of this before, but would love to try it! February 9, 2012 2:21 AM 84. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... i ordered the decal paper!!! i cannot WAIT to do this! do you think you could just make them in a word document? i don't have photoshop...nor do i want to pay to get it lol February 9, 2012 2:22 AM 85. Michelle said... This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the labels and the tutorial! February 9, 2012 5:07 AM 86. aimee said... i featured this post as my crush of the week pop over and grab a " i was talked up and twigg studios" button if you like xxx February 9, 2012 7:44 AM 87. Lindsey said... I love this!! Thanks so much! Jars bought, paper ordered, and I'm so excited! Can you tell me what font you used in case I end up labeling my entire kitchen? Lol! February 9, 2012 10:25 AM 88. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... sorry another quick question...how did you get the numbers for the dictionary definition...that's such a cute addition and im making a whole bunch so want to have numbers :) February 9, 2012 12:21 PM 89. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Lynn You could certainly do something like this in Word. If you don't have Photoshop you can use Paint.net or GIMP (they are both free image manipulation programs). I used Paint.net before I got Photoshop (I made my blog banner using it). The numbers above each label are just made up cause I though they would look cute. Kristine February 9, 2012 1:00 PM 90. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Lindsey The fonts are Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 9, 2012 1:01 PM 91. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... UMM I just spent the last hour and a half making these labels for EVERYTHING in my pantry lol... we are moving and i'm desperately trying to reorganize my life and you have basically been the biggest god-send ever. I love your idea for the definitions...it is SO beautiful, simple and unique (well maybe not unique for me since i'm copying you, but you were definitely unique for coming up with it! ) I used the numbers you had for the ones you had done and made my own...i'll probably be posting them on my blog asap and will be sure to link up to your blog so everyone can see how amazing you are...so thankful for pinterest since it caused me to discover you! February 9, 2012 1:55 PM 92. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... ok hi again! haha i'm back! I told you I'd post it on my blog and I did... plus you can see all the ones I made! took me awhile but totally worth it! www.orderinthekit... February 9, 2012 2:41 PM 93. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... hi! i just responded to your comment on my blog, but i'm not sure if my website lets you know if i responded or not, so i'm just telling you here just in case :) February 9, 2012 3:25 PM 94. odetoinspiration said... OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! Pinned them!! February 9, 2012 4:21 PM 95. Wendy @ Salt and Wine said... This is awesome, thank you so much for sharing!!! February 10, 2012 4:22 AM 96. creativeDIYgal said... love love love these!! found them on Pinterest AND I just love your Hive :)!!!! thanks for sharing! February 10, 2012 6:14 AM 97. Holly Lefevre said... I thought I commented on this...but maybe just pin it! I have done a lot with waterslide decals and am so interested to try this technique...thanks for teaching me something new! Thanks for linking up to tickled pink...featuring this this week! February 10, 2012 7:06 AM 98. Amy said... Wow, I LOVE these! They look fantastic, and I'm all about the dictionary definitions! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays; you're being featured tomorrow at One Artsy Mama! oneartmama.blogsp... February 10, 2012 7:18 AM 99. Samantha said... Wow! Great tutorial!! I will have to look out for some of this cool magic paper! Found you via Today's Creative Blog :-) February 10, 2012 9:16 AM 100. Becca said... Hello dear! I used your awesome over-sized map tutorial from your bedroom to complete some map art. Here's the link if you wanna see my version! gardenberger.blog... Thanks so much for sharing your amazing tutorial! Becca February 10, 2012 9:41 AM 101. JulieChats said... You've inspired me to get to work on my Pantry!!! THANK YOU! I found you over at Today's Creative too...you probably want to head over there & see who's featured today.... :) (hint: the blog has something to do with Painting & Bees!!!???) CONGRATULATIONS! February 10, 2012 10:01 AM 102. Jessa said... Great idea! I've never heard of Magic Paper. I'm going to try this to organize my craft closet. Found you via TCB. February 10, 2012 11:13 AM 103. Monica M said... Hi, I am super super dying to know, but could this paper be used on skin? Like as temporary tattoos? February 11, 2012 12:20 AM 104. Michelle said... I just moved into an older home with lots of space and not a lot of money to fill it all. I am new to the crafty, DIY thing bt am super excited bout getting startedon some projects I have chosen, including these canisters. Can you tell me where is the best place to buy these type of jars, or vintage mason jars? These remind me of an old farmhouse kitchen, and that is the theme I want in mine. I'm so glad I found your site, you have great style and I will be following you. February 11, 2012 1:00 AM 105. kristincita said... thank you Thank You THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! I love these!!!!! February 11, 2012 1:34 AM 106. A Heel in Mint said... Love the idea. So creative! xx Heel in Mint February 11, 2012 6:51 AM 107. Dale Janeé said... This is SO cute. As soon I learn to cook and need jars of ingredients, I'm going to Copy this idea FOR sure. I love how simple and modern it looks. xoDale www.savvyspice.net February 11, 2012 7:04 AM 108. Susie said... Love this project...love the simple look with the jars. The possibilities for this kind of transfer are endless! Thanks for sharing all the details. February 11, 2012 8:26 AM 109. cathy@my1929charmer said... I love your labels, and they are really cool looking! Thanks for sharing the details on how you made them. I have a need for these since I am organizing my pantry. SO nice of you to share you labels. Was so happy to see you shared your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best Par.tay! February 11, 2012 12:06 PM 110. Jen at The Three Little Piglets said... Just saw these over on Today's Creative Blog and man are they cute!! Pinning now! February 11, 2012 12:44 PM 111. CountryMommaCooks said... Your printables made the top 5 @CountryMommaCooks Link Party.....stop by and grab a button:) February 11, 2012 2:13 PM 112. Hibiscus House said... I love this clean pretty look! Thanks for the tutorial. I found you on Country Momma Cooks. Love and now follow your blog.. Dolly of Hibiscus House Dolly Is Cooking and dolly's designs February 11, 2012 11:09 PM 113. mowgslie said... These are so awesome! I would actually like to know how you made these transfers...? I have a few other ones such as coffee and baking powder that I would like to make, but I don't want them to look different. Thanks! February 12, 2012 12:57 AM 114. Linda @ it all started with paint said... Simply brilliant! And I'm stopping by from a briliant blog, Thistlewood Farms, who featured you today. Check her out. Kari is smart, funny & creative ... a rock star combo! Linda mailto:itallstart... February 12, 2012 3:02 AM 115. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said... This is so great...it reminds me of a temporary tattoo so it's nice to hear they are dishwasher safe. So cool! Came over from Thistlewood Farm. :) Happy to be a new follower. Karah February 12, 2012 4:23 AM 116. CAS said... This is a wonderful idea. Not all of us have those Silhouettes or other type machines, so this is a great answer. Thank you so much for sharing. CAS February 12, 2012 6:34 AM 117. Jo @ To a Pretty Life said... Your cannisters look amazing! I wouldn't have guessed they weren't regular decals. I've been wanting to label mine (the same jars from Ikea) February 12, 2012 7:41 AM 118. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Monica M This particular paper is not designed for temporary tattoos though you can buy special tattoo decal paper. Just try Googling it - I'm sure you'll find some. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:27 AM 119. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Michelle I bought these jars from IKEA though if you don't have one near you they are available in quite a few stores. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:29 AM 120. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Mowgslie I created my labels in Photoshop though you could just as easily make them in Word. One of my readers actually made a whole heap more labels for her pantry (using Word) and she has allowed me to post about them so I will publish them soon. If you are interested in making your own I used the fonts Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:48 AM 121. Birdy said... Awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! February 12, 2012 2:02 PM 122. CAStone said... Love this idea, and the style is great! I was wondering if you thought a hot iron would work instead of a laminator. I just can't justify buying a laminator for one project... February 12, 2012 4:09 PM 123. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... CAStone Yep, I think you could use a warm iron. The principle is the same though I'm not 100% certain. Kristine February 12, 2012 9:17 PM 124. Sewandthecity said... Wow, wow...this is such a fab idea. Thank you so much for posting. We have mismatched kitchen in our rented flat and i recently had to add a curtain to a front of a cabinet and my glass jars look so much in a need of some cool decoration. I will be making your labels...love them. Lets hope I'll find the paper in Germany...for everything else there is Amazon :-) February 12, 2012 10:28 PM 125. aimee said... hi again it would be great if you could link this project up at twiggstudios.blog... incase some of my readers didnt see the feature i did xxx thankyou February 13, 2012 2:46 AM 126. Leah said... Thanks for sharing the cute printables! Love it! February 13, 2012 4:48 AM 127. Maria Matter said... Fabulous! pinned it! February 13, 2012 5:15 AM 128. Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said... I featured this post on Bedazzle Me Monday! everything-undert... Thanks so much for being a part of the party!! Feel free to grab a feature button :) Have a great week! February 13, 2012 3:44 PM 129. kimber said... Hey Kristine Sorry, I'm a little late to the party {thank you Pinterest for leading me here} and wonder if it HAS to be an injet printer. Not to be a snob or anything… but I only have a laser printer. Will that work? February 14, 2012 7:08 AM 130. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Kimber I understand that this paper is specifically designed for inkjet printers though you can also get laser printer decal paper. Just try Googling it. Good luck! Kristine February 14, 2012 8:57 AM 131. randee said... You lost me on step 4 and 5. If you laminate the 3 sheets together, then they are fused between the laminate sheets. Are you then cutting them apart and throwing the translucent sheet away. You would still have your printed paper and decal paper and other side of the laminate sheet all stuck together. Is this step just to fuse the printed and magic paper together onto a stiff backing of laminate sheet. February 14, 2012 12:55 PM 132. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Randee You don't use a laminating sheet. The decal paper and Magic paper fuse together with the heat from the laminating machine. The translucent paper is just used to protect the decal paper and will not stick during the laminating process. Hope this helps. Kristine February 14, 2012 1:55 PM Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home MAGIC Decal Transfer Tutorial with Free Printables! As I'm sure some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals. Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one major drawback - it is not particularly durable. So, whilst it's perfect for ornamental purposes, it's not ideal for more practical applications....until now that is! Magic decal coating paper is a complimentary product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable - yes, even dishwasher safe! If you're already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers! As mentioned in this previous post, my recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and magic decals seemed like the perfect partner. As there are probably several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I got from here.... The paper I received came with one sheet of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto and one sheet of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper). GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES 1. Image to transfer Use anything you like. I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them!) 2. Inkjet printer 3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back) Decal paper comes in clear or white. I'm using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image. 4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper) 5. Laminator Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores. 6.Scissors 7. Water 8. Soft cloth 9. Item to embellish As already mentioned, I'm using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA. 10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer THE PROCESS 1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly. I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable if you would like to use them. 2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away. 3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper. As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors. 4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores. 5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image - you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light. Where there is no ink, the decal will leave a very fine, slightly translucent film which is visible close up or on certain angles. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal). 6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely. Important: ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage. 7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water. 8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free (the image for step eight shows the transfer with some minor creases and bubbles. This is only because the photograph depicts the removal of the backing paper before I have smoothed the decal. Rest assured that it does flatten out completely). 9. Finally, set the decal by either: - Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius - Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low - Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 - 10 minutes Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher - twice, just to be certain - and they didn't show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course given I have only had them for a few day I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use. As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with regular waterslide decals too) though once the canisters were full it was barely noticeable. And here are your complimentary printables.... (simply click on the image to enlarge to full size then save it to your computer) Linking up here. PS Next week I will finally post the photos of my updated living room! 132 comments: 1. Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said... Ohhh... I LOVE these!!! Thanks so much for posting!!! February 1, 2012 11:56 PM 2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said... this is SO cool!!! love it! February 2, 2012 12:05 AM 3. Sarah said... This is really one of the cutest projects that I have seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing! I am going to have to try it... February 2, 2012 12:28 AM 4. therestarterhome.com said... Oh, this is fantastic. I've pinned it...can't wait to try it! You make it look easy. Thanks for such a great tutorial! February 2, 2012 12:32 AM 5. Jamie Evelyn said... Such a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing. February 2, 2012 1:13 AM 6. THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said... WHAT A COOL PROJECT! I'LL HAVE TO TRY THAT! lINSEY February 2, 2012 1:17 AM 7. the vintage wren said... These are absolutely lovely, they appeal to my need to have a lovely pantry. Thanks for sharing. February 2, 2012 1:21 AM 8. Korrie@RedHenHome said... These are so cute! What a fun idea. February 2, 2012 1:52 AM 9. Cath said... These are fun and would make a great shower gift. Unfortunately I am not locating the two papers here in the U.S. any suggestions? February 2, 2012 4:49 AM 10. AntiqueChase said... wonderful! and a lovely bridal shower gift!! February 2, 2012 5:19 AM 11. Becca said... Your end product looks simply fabulous! Very you! Thanks for adding the printable sheets! Becca February 2, 2012 6:03 AM 12. Cre8ive Motives said... You know whats funny, I was trying to find a tutorial on how to use decals for my project that I already did but its good to know for future reference. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to use them so I had to come up with a solution before i wasted all of my papers. Thanks for sharing this tut. ~Mandy February 2, 2012 6:37 AM 13. Rachel said... Wow! I love those labels! Thank you for providing us with them, too!! February 2, 2012 7:01 AM 14. NanaDiana said... Thank you so much- I am saving this to my tutorial file. xo Diana February 2, 2012 7:29 AM 15. stormygirl said... Absolutely gorgeous, Kristine! You are so clever, and I adore your labels. They are fabulous! February 2, 2012 8:02 AM 16. Anonymous said... These are really cute and I've pinned them too. Thanks Kristine. Just wondering where you can find the decal paper and the magic paper. Karen February 2, 2012 8:14 AM 17. Alice said... love it! I have been wondering how I would go about putting labels on my canisters (that look nice)... You just solved my problem! February 2, 2012 10:28 AM 18. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi girls There is a link for the paper embedded in the post though here it is directly: stores.ebay.com.a... It is an Australian based store though international shipping is available. Kristine February 2, 2012 10:34 AM 19. The designers said... Hello I am having trouble getting the free printable what is the link ... cant wait to do this... February 2, 2012 10:49 AM 20. LU LU said... Hello I am having trouble getting the free printable what is the link ... cant wait to do this... February 2, 2012 10:50 AM 21. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... 1.bp.blogspot.com... If you are having trouble then feel free to try the above link. Otherwise, you should be able to simply click the image I have included in the post (which will then open to full size in a light box) then save it to your computer. Hope this helps Kristine February 2, 2012 10:54 AM 22. Lettered Cottage said... Absolutely GORGEOUS! :-D February 2, 2012 12:40 PM 23. Okio B Designs said... Love, love, love these! Such a great way to get organized! Jeanine February 2, 2012 12:43 PM 24. Anonymous said... Love the simplicity of these canisters! I even really like your scoops! Where did you find them? February 2, 2012 1:12 PM 25. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi Anon. I was lucky to stumble upon these scoops by chance at a clearance warehouse though I have seen them on Etsy as well. Or perhaps you can try Googling "wooden baking scoop". Kristine February 2, 2012 1:28 PM 26. Rebekah said... I love this! It looks so clean and organized. I cannot wait to do this for my pantry. Thanks for posting. February 2, 2012 1:32 PM 27. Kate said... Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful idea ~ and it has me thinking about applying this idea to other crafts! I've pinned this and added your site to my favorites! Thanks again : ) February 2, 2012 2:04 PM 28. Mrs Ergül said... This is awesome! You can totally sell the labelled jars as a collection! February 2, 2012 2:38 PM 29. Sarah B said... They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing your technique :) February 2, 2012 9:26 PM 30. Ness Lockyer said... Thats awesome! I have been looking for nice labels. Thanks for the images Ness xx Marley & Lockyer February 2, 2012 9:34 PM 31. uniquelyyoursormine said... Never heard of this product... it looks great and I love what you did with it.. just fabulous! - Susan February 2, 2012 10:38 PM 32. debbie refresh restyle said... I love this, thanks for the labels! Debbie February 2, 2012 11:28 PM 33. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... I LOVE YOU! I am doing this for my kitchen... It is PERFECT! Thank you for sharing! February 3, 2012 4:09 AM 34. Michelle said... This is so cool! Thanks for sharing so many details about how you did it. Do you know if it will work on plastic containers as well as glass? Obviously finishing in the microwave rather than the oven -- what a mess otherwise! February 3, 2012 4:11 AM 35. Becki said... Oh my word! Super crafty idea. I am thinking of redoing my glass spice jars with this. Too perfect. TFS, The Happy Card Encouragement Factory February 3, 2012 4:53 AM 36. Anonymous said... Can I ask a dumb question; what is magic paper? I just ordered Clear Waterslide Decal Paper to do this cool project and you list magic paper also. I have all the other tools. I want to make sure I get the 3 paper layer correct. Thanks Jen February 3, 2012 6:30 AM 37. Dorothée said... It's a lovely project and I'd love to make my own labels in French. Would you mind telling me what is the font you used ? I love the look of it. February 3, 2012 7:57 AM 38. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Michelle I'm not 100% certain though I am pretty sure you can use this on plastic too though do be careful with the microwave because, as I'm sure you are aware, some plastics can melt and warp. Jen (Anon) You do not need the Magic paper to complete this project however it does give the product a more robust finish. As mentioned in the post, Magic paper is a separate product designed to coat the waterslide decal to give it a protective seal. You can purchase it from the link I have provided by clicking on the logo in the post. If you want to do this project without the Magic paper then follow the previous waterslide decal tutorial I posted here: thepaintedhive.bl... Dorothee I used three fonts; Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 3, 2012 9:09 AM 39. Pilar Wong said... Quick question- I've seen several tutorials similar to this that state that the plates and items they make should not be used to serve or eat food from. Do you know if you're decals are food safe? Thanks! February 3, 2012 10:47 AM 40. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Pilar My understanding is that they should not be used on food-touch surfaces (such as the inside of bowls or mugs etc.) though they are quite safe for any external surface. Kristine February 3, 2012 11:08 AM 41. Janet said... I was going to ask what magic paper was too? This is so cool. I love dictionary type. I love the kitchen scale too. Great tutorial. February 3, 2012 2:01 PM 42. Maria said... These are gorgeous! Love the font! February 3, 2012 2:05 PM 43. Colleen said... Fabulous!!!! Just the idea I was looking for! Great job!!! February 3, 2012 5:50 PM 44. Oliver's said... Love Love Love this project!!! Is there any way would customize some lables and sell them? I am photoshop illiterate. I would love the ones you have shown along with a granola and an oats label. Thanks Paula February 4, 2012 12:47 AM 45. My Indulgences said... Love this project and the labels turned out great. Photoshop is definitely my best friend! The instructions on my decal paper say to spray it with a few coats of "clear coat" (letting it dry between each coat) before you apply the decal to your surface. I haven't run mine through the dishwasher, but have hand-washed items and so far so good. Just an alternative that may work as well... Gettin ready to take a look around at the rest of your inspiration. Thanks for posting! Lora February 4, 2012 1:58 AM 46. lynn said... awesome tut--tfs:) February 4, 2012 2:14 AM 47. c. Joy said... Thanks for the lesson. Now to find something around here to try this on. February 4, 2012 2:46 AM 48. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said... I love these, very cool tutorial. Hmm, going to have to find me decal paper. Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence. February 4, 2012 3:55 AM 49. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Oliver's I am hoping to create a downloadable customisable PDF in the future so people can create their own labels though I am still learning how to do this! If you aren't confident with editing programs then at this stage it is not possible to modify them. Kristine February 4, 2012 11:24 AM 50. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... My Indulgences (Lora) Yep, the general way to protect waterslide decals is with a few coats of clear sealer (this is how I did it in my previous waterslide decal tutorial - link at the top of this post). I just wanted to share the Magic paper technique too because it's just a bit more durable and the decals are easier to handle. Kristine February 4, 2012 11:31 AM 51. Deana said... This is an awesome idea I love it...Pinnin ya'...I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday midnight… February 4, 2012 12:02 PM 52. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... I am so happy you came over my blog and visited my party! You'll be featured tomorrow during STICKER TIME! February 4, 2012 6:06 PM 53. bdswagger said... This is a great tut, but the labels decals, when they open in another window, or tiny, and the link you posted for someone else in the comments, doesn't seem to be working. I'm a ceramic artist and I think this will work just as well on my ceramic pieces, with my own decals, ofcourse. Thanks! Leigh Perry February 4, 2012 8:31 PM 54. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Leigh Perry May I ask what browser you are using? Perhaps there are some compatability issues as no-one else has mentioned any problems. When you click on the image it should open in a lightbox at full size. If you then save the image to your computer it should be standard print size (at least, it is for me). Alternatively, right click on the image and open it in a new window then hover over it. You should see a magifying glass. If you click on the image it should zoom in to full size then you can save it to your computer (again, what you see may be dependant on the particular browser you are using). Do not simply save the image as it appears in the blog post - you need to open it to full size first. If this all fails, please try this link: 4.bp.blogspot.com... (again, you will need to zoom in to open the image to full size). Please let me know if you continue to have problems. Could you please also let me know if it works so I know all is okay. Thanks Kristine :-) February 4, 2012 8:57 PM 55. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said... So cool! I must try this! February 4, 2012 11:53 PM 56. Bliss said... I'm really behind the learning curve..... I didn't even know there was decal paper! Adding it to my list now. ~Bliss~ Stopped over from, hmmm, I forget, maybe Funky Junk? February 5, 2012 1:36 AM 57. simplydesigning.b... said... These look amazing...and I have seriously never heard of waterslide decals!! But how cool are those!! I would love for you to link up at my Weekly Friday Link Party if you are interested. Ashley www.simplydesigni... February 5, 2012 2:07 AM 58. carole said... Petit mot pour toi sur mon blog le 07/02 à 18 heures Bravo ! Bizzzzz Carole February 5, 2012 3:20 AM 59. Simply Grace said... I love this project! Where did you find the jars....I've been looking for some like that for a long time, and are they plastic or glass? February 5, 2012 3:47 AM 60. Cindy said... So cute! Thanks for the printables! XO Cindy February 5, 2012 5:30 AM 61. Butterbean Row said... Kristine, How did you know? I just recently purchased the decal paper and I am getting ready to make a decal for a painted table tomorrow. Thanks so much for the tutorial! ♥charlotte February 5, 2012 7:48 AM 62. Lisa said... thanks for posting this Kristine, I love these decals! February 5, 2012 10:42 AM 63. Deana said... Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party! Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:) February 5, 2012 12:58 PM 64. Jenn Lifford said... These are FABULOUS!!! I just pinned them and hope to do something like this very soon! If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my link party on Tuesday night. I've shared this on my Facebook page too. Soooo cute! February 5, 2012 5:36 PM 65. Cameron Meerdink said... Such an awesome product - and your decal designs are pretty sweet, too! February 5, 2012 7:05 PM 66. GdeG said... really wonderful! February 6, 2012 2:57 AM 67. Toodie said... VERY. COOL. I also like typographic things so this was awesome to see!. Thank you so much for the great tutorial and a special thank you for allowing us to use your hard work. :) February 6, 2012 3:50 AM 68. Robin Reilly (Coveteria) said... These are great - now I need to get some of this paper, some jars AND finally ink for my printer! February 6, 2012 4:41 AM 69. Eva said... I just love this!! February 6, 2012 5:01 AM 70. Sharon said... Fantastic tut....and so timely! Having a crafty weekend get-together with the girls next weekend. We can do this! February 6, 2012 12:45 PM 71. Dee said... Adorable. Wish I could use your printables but I will have to make my own to label all my different types for gluten free flours. Thanks so much for the tutorial! February 6, 2012 1:38 PM 72. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Simply Grace As mentioned in the post the jars are from IKEA. They are glass (not plastic), from the SLOM range. Hope this helps :-) Kristine February 6, 2012 3:12 PM 73. Angie said... Wow! I love this. I'd never heard of this decal paper before, so I'm looking forward to trying it now. I hope you'll come share it for the Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party. The party starts Monday evening. Blessings, Angie @ Knick of Time February 6, 2012 4:18 PM 74. Karen Mary Butterfly said... Wow. These are fantastic. I have been buying glass jars like this at thrift stores. Can't wait to do this! February 7, 2012 1:48 AM 75. Lynn Lovejoy said... Question, Do I need to get laser waterslide decal paper or inkjet? What's the difference? i can't wait to try this but cant seem to find any magic paper here in the US that isn't insanely expensive! Any other suggestions? Thanks! These are amazing! I hope you make more in the future! February 7, 2012 6:23 AM 76. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Hi Lynn If you have an inkjet printer (which uses ink cartridges) then you need the inkjet paper. If you have a laser printer (which uses toner) then you would use the laser paper. I don't know what the technical difference is though I imagine the papers are made specifically to 'hold' either ink or toner. You can make these decals without the Magic paper (with waterslide paper alone) you just don't get the same durability (though they are still somewhat robust). You can see my previous tutorial for that by visiting the link at the top of this post. The paper is a little expensive though I only used one sheet for all of my jars. Kristine February 7, 2012 8:11 AM 77. Jan@southernjunkin' said... Love this project! Thanks for the TUT!! Visiting from Sunday's Best! Drop by for a visit sometime! I'm one of your newest friends! February 7, 2012 8:25 AM 78. kevly said... Would you believe just last night, as I transfered our breadcrumbs into an empty jar, I wondered how I could go about labelling my jars - and look, your wonderful post has just answered my queries. Thank you so much. They look wonderful! February 7, 2012 1:37 PM 79. flutietootie said... Thanks for the tutorial. It is very creative and resourceful. February 7, 2012 5:13 PM 80. Kristen Lynn said... These are so so so cute! Thank you for the adorable free printables! Definitely using! xo kristen February 8, 2012 9:00 AM 81. Julie Elick said... wow...o wow o wow o wow...this is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! February 8, 2012 10:59 AM 82. Anonymous said... Really cute! I couldn't help but notice your flour label for self "raising" flour. In the US we say self "rising" flour. February 8, 2012 9:33 PM 83. Jelli Bean said... What a great item! I've never heard of this before, but would love to try it! February 9, 2012 2:21 AM 84. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... i ordered the decal paper!!! i cannot WAIT to do this! do you think you could just make them in a word document? i don't have photoshop...nor do i want to pay to get it lol February 9, 2012 2:22 AM 85. Michelle said... This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the labels and the tutorial! February 9, 2012 5:07 AM 86. aimee said... i featured this post as my crush of the week pop over and grab a " i was talked up and twigg studios" button if you like xxx February 9, 2012 7:44 AM 87. Lindsey said... I love this!! Thanks so much! Jars bought, paper ordered, and I'm so excited! Can you tell me what font you used in case I end up labeling my entire kitchen? Lol! February 9, 2012 10:25 AM 88. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... sorry another quick question...how did you get the numbers for the dictionary definition...that's such a cute addition and im making a whole bunch so want to have numbers :) February 9, 2012 12:21 PM 89. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Lynn You could certainly do something like this in Word. If you don't have Photoshop you can use Paint.net or GIMP (they are both free image manipulation programs). I used Paint.net before I got Photoshop (I made my blog banner using it). The numbers above each label are just made up cause I though they would look cute. Kristine February 9, 2012 1:00 PM 90. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Lindsey The fonts are Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 9, 2012 1:01 PM 91. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... UMM I just spent the last hour and a half making these labels for EVERYTHING in my pantry lol... we are moving and i'm desperately trying to reorganize my life and you have basically been the biggest god-send ever. I love your idea for the definitions...it is SO beautiful, simple and unique (well maybe not unique for me since i'm copying you, but you were definitely unique for coming up with it! ) I used the numbers you had for the ones you had done and made my own...i'll probably be posting them on my blog asap and will be sure to link up to your blog so everyone can see how amazing you are...so thankful for pinterest since it caused me to discover you! February 9, 2012 1:55 PM 92. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... ok hi again! haha i'm back! I told you I'd post it on my blog and I did... plus you can see all the ones I made! took me awhile but totally worth it! www.orderinthekit... February 9, 2012 2:41 PM 93. Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen said... hi! i just responded to your comment on my blog, but i'm not sure if my website lets you know if i responded or not, so i'm just telling you here just in case :) February 9, 2012 3:25 PM 94. odetoinspiration said... OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! Pinned them!! February 9, 2012 4:21 PM 95. Wendy @ Salt and Wine said... This is awesome, thank you so much for sharing!!! February 10, 2012 4:22 AM 96. creativeDIYgal said... love love love these!! found them on Pinterest AND I just love your Hive :)!!!! thanks for sharing! February 10, 2012 6:14 AM 97. Holly Lefevre said... I thought I commented on this...but maybe just pin it! I have done a lot with waterslide decals and am so interested to try this technique...thanks for teaching me something new! Thanks for linking up to tickled pink...featuring this this week! February 10, 2012 7:06 AM 98. Amy said... Wow, I LOVE these! They look fantastic, and I'm all about the dictionary definitions! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays; you're being featured tomorrow at One Artsy Mama! oneartmama.blogsp... February 10, 2012 7:18 AM 99. Samantha said... Wow! Great tutorial!! I will have to look out for some of this cool magic paper! Found you via Today's Creative Blog :-) February 10, 2012 9:16 AM 100. Becca said... Hello dear! I used your awesome over-sized map tutorial from your bedroom to complete some map art. Here's the link if you wanna see my version! gardenberger.blog... Thanks so much for sharing your amazing tutorial! Becca February 10, 2012 9:41 AM 101. JulieChats said... You've inspired me to get to work on my Pantry!!! THANK YOU! I found you over at Today's Creative too...you probably want to head over there & see who's featured today.... :) (hint: the blog has something to do with Painting & Bees!!!???) CONGRATULATIONS! February 10, 2012 10:01 AM 102. Jessa said... Great idea! I've never heard of Magic Paper. I'm going to try this to organize my craft closet. Found you via TCB. February 10, 2012 11:13 AM 103. Monica M said... Hi, I am super super dying to know, but could this paper be used on skin? Like as temporary tattoos? February 11, 2012 12:20 AM 104. Michelle said... I just moved into an older home with lots of space and not a lot of money to fill it all. I am new to the crafty, DIY thing bt am super excited bout getting startedon some projects I have chosen, including these canisters. Can you tell me where is the best place to buy these type of jars, or vintage mason jars? These remind me of an old farmhouse kitchen, and that is the theme I want in mine. I'm so glad I found your site, you have great style and I will be following you. February 11, 2012 1:00 AM 105. kristincita said... thank you Thank You THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! I love these!!!!! February 11, 2012 1:34 AM 106. A Heel in Mint said... Love the idea. So creative! xx Heel in Mint February 11, 2012 6:51 AM 107. Dale Janeé said... This is SO cute. As soon I learn to cook and need jars of ingredients, I'm going to Copy this idea FOR sure. I love how simple and modern it looks. xoDale www.savvyspice.net February 11, 2012 7:04 AM 108. Susie said... Love this project...love the simple look with the jars. The possibilities for this kind of transfer are endless! Thanks for sharing all the details. February 11, 2012 8:26 AM 109. cathy@my1929charmer said... I love your labels, and they are really cool looking! Thanks for sharing the details on how you made them. I have a need for these since I am organizing my pantry. SO nice of you to share you labels. Was so happy to see you shared your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best Par.tay! February 11, 2012 12:06 PM 110. Jen at The Three Little Piglets said... Just saw these over on Today's Creative Blog and man are they cute!! Pinning now! February 11, 2012 12:44 PM 111. CountryMommaCooks said... Your printables made the top 5 @CountryMommaCooks Link Party.....stop by and grab a button:) February 11, 2012 2:13 PM 112. Hibiscus House said... I love this clean pretty look! Thanks for the tutorial. I found you on Country Momma Cooks. Love and now follow your blog.. Dolly of Hibiscus House Dolly Is Cooking and dolly's designs February 11, 2012 11:09 PM 113. mowgslie said... These are so awesome! I would actually like to know how you made these transfers...? I have a few other ones such as coffee and baking powder that I would like to make, but I don't want them to look different. Thanks! February 12, 2012 12:57 AM 114. Linda @ it all started with paint said... Simply brilliant! And I'm stopping by from a briliant blog, Thistlewood Farms, who featured you today. Check her out. Kari is smart, funny & creative ... a rock star combo! Linda mailto:itallstart... February 12, 2012 3:02 AM 115. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said... This is so great...it reminds me of a temporary tattoo so it's nice to hear they are dishwasher safe. So cool! Came over from Thistlewood Farm. :) Happy to be a new follower. Karah February 12, 2012 4:23 AM 116. CAS said... This is a wonderful idea. Not all of us have those Silhouettes or other type machines, so this is a great answer. Thank you so much for sharing. CAS February 12, 2012 6:34 AM 117. Jo @ To a Pretty Life said... Your cannisters look amazing! I wouldn't have guessed they weren't regular decals. I've been wanting to label mine (the same jars from Ikea) February 12, 2012 7:41 AM 118. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Monica M This particular paper is not designed for temporary tattoos though you can buy special tattoo decal paper. Just try Googling it - I'm sure you'll find some. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:27 AM 119. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Michelle I bought these jars from IKEA though if you don't have one near you they are available in quite a few stores. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:29 AM 120. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Mowgslie I created my labels in Photoshop though you could just as easily make them in Word. One of my readers actually made a whole heap more labels for her pantry (using Word) and she has allowed me to post about them so I will publish them soon. If you are interested in making your own I used the fonts Courier, Another Typewriter and Mrs Eaves Bold. Kristine February 12, 2012 11:48 AM 121. Birdy said... Awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! February 12, 2012 2:02 PM 122. CAStone said... Love this idea, and the style is great! I was wondering if you thought a hot iron would work instead of a laminator. I just can't justify buying a laminator for one project... February 12, 2012 4:09 PM 123. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... CAStone Yep, I think you could use a warm iron. The principle is the same though I'm not 100% certain. Kristine February 12, 2012 9:17 PM 124. Sewandthecity said... Wow, wow...this is such a fab idea. Thank you so much for posting. We have mismatched kitchen in our rented flat and i recently had to add a curtain to a front of a cabinet and my glass jars look so much in a need of some cool decoration. I will be making your labels...love them. Lets hope I'll find the paper in Germany...for everything else there is Amazon :-) February 12, 2012 10:28 PM 125. aimee said... hi again it would be great if you could link this project up at twiggstudios.blog... incase some of my readers didnt see the feature i did xxx thankyou February 13, 2012 2:46 AM 126. Leah said... Thanks for sharing the cute printables! Love it! February 13, 2012 4:48 AM 127. Maria Matter said... Fabulous! pinned it! February 13, 2012 5:15 AM 128. Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said... I featured this post on Bedazzle Me Monday! everything-undert... Thanks so much for being a part of the party!! Feel free to grab a feature button :) Have a great week! February 13, 2012 3:44 PM 129. kimber said... Hey Kristine Sorry, I'm a little late to the party {thank you Pinterest for leading me here} and wonder if it HAS to be an injet printer. Not to be a snob or anything… but I only have a laser printer. Will that work? February 14, 2012 7:08 AM 130. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Kimber I understand that this paper is specifically designed for inkjet printers though you can also get laser printer decal paper. Just try Googling it. Good luck! Kristine February 14, 2012 8:57 AM 131. randee said... You lost me on step 4 and 5. If you laminate the 3 sheets together, then they are fused between the laminate sheets. Are you then cutting them apart and throwing the translucent sheet away. You would still have your printed paper and decal paper and other side of the laminate sheet all stuck together. Is this step just to fuse the printed and magic paper together onto a stiff backing of laminate sheet. February 14, 2012 12:55 PM 132. Kristine at The Painted Hive said... Randee You don't use a laminating sheet. The decal paper and Magic paper fuse together with the heat from the laminating machine. The translucent paper is just used to protect the decal paper and will not stick during the laminating process. Hope this helps. Kristine February 14, 2012 1:55 PM Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home MAGIC Decal Transfer Tutorial with Free Printables

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