How to Re-adhere a Masking Tape Label

masking tape labelDear Donia,
How do I re-adhere a masking tape label?

Q. Dear Donia,

Is there a way that I can re-adhere a masking tape label? Most advice is the other way around, but in this case the object I want to preserve is a label my grandmother hand wrote on masking tape and stuck to a Hellmann's mayonnaise glass jar holding her pie crust cloth and rolling pin cover. Sentimental, but neat to have, and I still use the pie cloths stored in the jar and just want to reattach the label without damaging it. Thanks, Brent

A. Dear Brent,

My grandmother used a lot of masking tape labels in her time too!

You are correct that this is the opposite question from what I usually get. I think that the best thing to do would be to use double-stick tape. Glues do not adhere to glass very well and since the masking tape is not chemically stable in and of itself, I think the best solution is to put double stick tape across the entire width and length of the masking tape (you don't want any bits that are stuck down) and then put the tape back on the jar.

The one thing to be careful about is that the double-stick tape sticks quickly so be sure of where the label is going before you put it on and move from one end to the other making sure you don't get any wrinkles.

Good luck!