22 New Ways To Use Your Printer

Put that hunk of plastic to better use than just printing out your ticket confirmations.

1. Paper Napkins


Leave the napkin folded once to create an adequate thickness to run through the printer. Get the directions here.

2. Clear Labels Using a Laser Printer

Get the full tutorial and supply list here.

3. Printed Burlap

Get the directions here.

4. Wood Signs

The ink from the printed paper is rubbed into the wood. Get the directions here.

5. Used Dryer Sheets

Used dryer sheets can be run through an inkjet printer. They make a wonderfully soft and textured paper.

6. Sew-In Clothing Labels

7. Paper Bags

The possibilities are endless: customized lunch bags, party favor bags, popcorn bags for movie night. Get more information here.

8. Nail Decals

Watch the video here.

9. Wax Paper Transfer


Print a design on wax paper and rub it onto the surface of your choice. Get the directions here.

10. Permanent Decals with Waterslide Decal Paper

Get the full tutorial here.

11. Freezer Paper Transfer to Wood

Get the directions here.

12. Shrinky Dinks for Inkjet Printers

With shrinky dink paper, you can actually make some pretty grown-up craft projects.

13. Fabric Transfers with Shipping Labels

14. Vellum Sheets


Here’s a gorgeous example of photorealistic butterflies printed on vellum sheets to make a gorgeous display.

You can also use vellum paper to make hazy photographic overlays.

15. Frisket Paper Stencils

Frisket paper is a kind of adhesive transfer paper you can buy here. Get the full tutorial here.

16. Vellum and Acetate Printed Luminaries

Get the directions here on how to make these printed luminaries.

17. Fabric Transfers Using Citrasolv


Apparently, you can transfer black-and-white printed images to fabric with Citrasolv. Get the tutorial here.

18. Paint Chips

This brilliant blogger created mailable postcards by printing on paint chips.

19. Tissue Paper Photo Canvases

The tissue paper allows you to mod podge a photo onto canvas for a seamless look. Get the directions here.

20. Mulberry Paper for a Distressed, Vintage Look

If you’re obsessed with Lomo light leaks and dreamy Instagram photo filters, then Mulberry paper is a beautiful way to display your photos. Get the directions here.

21. Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoo paper will change your life. Buy it here.

22. Fabric Printing with Freezer Paper

Get this tutorial here.

BONUS: How to Easily and Cheaply Refill Your Own Ink Cartridges

Get the directions here.

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