If you’re struggling to find the ideal tape for your project or package, check out Tape Jungle’s interactive tape customiser. This tool allows you to design and create a custom tape. The best news is that your order will be ready to print in mere minutes, and you’ll be able to tape up your boxes in no time.
How Does the Interactive Tape Customiser Work?
The Tape Jungle interactive tape customiser is for anyone who wants control over their packing tape purchase. Customising your rolls of adhesive is done in a few simple steps.
Step One: Pick Your Tape and Size
Choose the type of tape you want: standard, premium, or paper.
The most popular pick for custom-printed tape is standard polypropylene (PolyPro). It’s not hard to understand why, as PolyPro tape has a crisp print resolution and can meet most users’ needs. Plus, it is easy to use, cost-effective, and versatile. Depending on the grades or thickness of these rolls, they can accommodate packages of all sizes, from small to large.
This is a self-adhering hot melt tape, which means it has three layers: a layer of film similar to that of acrylic tape, a release coat that lets the product come off the roll easily, and a strong adhesive layer. Most people reach for a handheld dispenser to apply this tape, but you can also do it by hand.
A roll of Standard PolyPro has a glossy finish and is semi-transparent and non-recyclable. You’ve probably seen this kind of tape, often coated in an acrylic or rubber adhesive, at places like the post office or hardware store. But those rolls of tape — likely run-of-the-mill packing tape — aren’t the only PolyPro tapes available through the tape customiser. There are four grades of PolyPro tape to choose from:
- General Purpose (1.9 mil): The most popular choice includes the clear or brown packing tape you’re probably familiar with. It has a recommended weight of up to 30 pounds, a 15% transparency level, and is excellent for most everyday uses.
- Heavy Duty (2.5 mil): Heavy Duty is thicker and stronger than General Purpose PolyPro, so you can use it for packages weighing up to 50 pounds. It has a 10% transparency level.
- Industrial (3.0 mil): Like its Heavy Duty counterpart, Industrial PolyPro tape has a 10% transparency level. The Industrial option pairs well with packages ranging from 60 to 90 pounds. Given that it’s 20% thicker than Heavy Duty PolyPro, this tape’s tensile strength is no surprise.
- Hi-Tak Cold Temp: Last but not least is Tape Jungle’s Hi-Tak Cold Temp PolyPro tape. This custom packing tape’s goal is to provide medium to heavy adhesion in low-temperature environments — meat processing plants, for instance. Hi-Tak Cold Temp tape can stick to a variety of surfaces.
The glossy-finished Standard tape is available in two-inch and three-inch widths.
Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is another option for custom tape buyers. It makes an excellent packing tape for cold climates and irregular surfaces.
Like PolyPro packing tape, PVC tape is self-adhering. However, it doesn’t fall into the hot melt category. It’s a natural rubber tape, which makes it ideal for a wide range of surfaces. Coated or uncoated, new or recycled, hot or cold — it doesn’t matter. Natural rubber PVC tape can adhere to it.
Premium tape’s semi-opacity and flat finish appeal to upmarket brands and has a softer texture than PolyPro tape. This tape must be applied by hand, not with a machine. Like Standard PolyPro tape, Premium PVC is non-recyclable.
You’ll find this custom tape offered in two grades, General Purpose and Industrial:
- General Purpose (2.2 mil): Since it works well for plenty of uses and on packages weighing up to 50 pounds, General Purpose is the more popular of Tape Jungle’s PVC tape offerings. It’s only 5% transparent, making it darker than any of the PolyPro products.
- Industrial (3.2 mil): Industrial PVC tape is thicker and darker than General Purpose (3% transparent) and has a more aggressive adhesive, making it suitable for heavier packages no larger than 90 pounds.
Both General Purpose and Industrial Premium tape come in two-inch and three-inch rolls, so you can make your selection based on what best fits into your tape dispenser, how often you want to reprint your custom roll, and how large your packages are. The two-inch tape is a better choice for small or medium boxes, while a roll of three-inch tape is ideal for large, heavy packages.
While PolyPro and PVC tapes are self-adhering, paper is not. It’s a water-activated gummed tape, which means it will only adhere to surfaces if you apply water to the adhesive. That also means you can’t put this kind of tape on a box by hand; you’ll need a water-activated tape dispenser. Water-activated paper tape can bond to nearly all cardboard materials once you apply water to the adhesive.
Water-activated tape is opaque with a matte finish and can handle both small and large volumes. It’s also recyclable and creates a professionally branded, tamper-evident seal when applied.
There are three grades of water-activated paper tape available through Tape Jungle’s interactive tape customizer:
- General Purpose 240: General Purpose 240 is the most popular water-activated paper offering. It’s fully opaque and best suited for boxes weighing 30 pounds or less.
- Heavy Duty 260: Like General Purpose 240, Heavy Duty 260 is fully opaque. However, it’s tighter and thicker thanks to a fibreglass reinforcement pattern and can handle up to 60 pounds.
- Industrial 280: Industrial 280 is the densest paper tape for the heaviest loads, provided they weigh no more than 90 pounds. Like the other two grades, Industrial 280 is not transparent at all.
A significant draw of this product is that it’s an eco-friendly tape. The paper is manufactured sustainably and fully recyclable. While many of Tape Jungle’s other products come in two sizes, the gummed tape is available only in the three-inch width.
Design your perfect custom packing tape with our tape customiser from Tape Jungle UK.
Step Two: Choose a Design
The next step in placing a custom tape order is deciding what the roll will look like. Pick background and print colours, then upload the design, logo, or slogan you want to be printed on the tape. You can add any notes or special instructions you might have for our design team.
While there are plenty of colours to personalise your order, the most cost-effective move is to pick neutral colours and stick with one print colour. But should you opt to splurge, Pantone backgrounds and up to three print colours are available for an extra cost.
Step Three: Select a Quantity
Finally, decide how much tape you want to receive in your order. The more printed, the lower the cost per roll, so Tape Jungle recommends ordering at least a six-month supply of custom packing tape.
If you’re unsure how much to order, take advantage of the customiser’s built-in usage estimator tool. After inputting how many small (6x6x6), medium (12x12x12), large (18x18x18), or extra-large (24x24x24) boxes you use per day, the estimator predicts the monthly total and how many rolls of tape you’ll need based on that amount. You can even input custom box sizes for a more exact estimate.
Step Four: Review Your Order
Before clicking the bright green “Add to Basket” button, you’ll need to take one last look at your order details to be sure everything is correct.
You’ll confirm the tape’s material, grade, size, design, and quantity during this step. Plus, you’ll see a list of lead times: Tape Jungle will tell you when to expect a proof and when it will be approved and provide an estimated ship date. The order review page also includes an itemised pricing summary, so you know exactly what you’re paying for.
If everything here appears correct, it’s time to place your order.
Why Use Custom-Printed Tape?
There are several reasons you should consider making custom-printed tape part of your business.
Inexpensive Advertising/Brand Exposure
Some companies show off their names and/or logos by printing them on the box. That’s a wise choice, as it ensures their branding is visible from the time it leaves the shipping site until it reaches the customer, and the more eyes that see your name, the better. However, printing those details on packing tape accomplishes the same goal — brand exposure — at a lower price point.
First impressions are everything, and the packaging is the first thing a customer will see when they receive a box from you. It might not seem like much, but putting effort into small details like tape goes a long way in impressing your customers. It shows them you care about how your company appears and is perceived, building their confidence in your services or products.
If someone was to tamper with a package sealed with plain tape, all they would need to do to cover their tracks is replace the tape. However, since no one outside your business has access to your branded tape, it’s a lot more difficult to hide tampering evidence on branded tape. Anyone receiving your package would immediately know if it was opened before delivery.
You can even use your custom packing tape to share relevant information about how the package should be handled. Including phrases like “Fragile,” “Handle With Care,” or “This Way Up” helps your customers’ products be transported carefully and arrive in good condition. It also lets the recipient know you care about their purchase enough to keep their product safe in transit.
Branded tape also helps your packages stand out from the rest. This isn’t just great for marketing; it’s also practical. If your box went missing in transit, custom tape could make it easier to recover, especially if you print a product batch number on it.
Create Your Custom Tape Today
For your convenience, the Tape Jungle interactive custom tape creator is available 24/7, so you can begin creating custom-printed tape whenever you’re ready. If you have questions about personalised packing tape or encounter any issues with your custom order, contact Tape Jungle’s friendly customer service team through the website.