How to Create Your Own Stickers


Whether you need small dots or full-page stickers, a variety of do-it-yourself products can fill that need. By making stickers yourself, you can not only save time and money by using commercially available paper products and software, but you can also make changes to the stickers as needed. Additionally, by printing only what you need when you need it, you reduce waste.

Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive label stock in desired format
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Inkjet or laser printer
  • Ink or toner cartridges
  • Clip art (optional)

Identify the size and shape of the sticker you need. Adhesive labels for printing are available in white, a variety of colors, as well as translucent.

Find the label format in the desktop publishing software you're using. Most label product makers use the product codes originated by manufacturer Avery to identify the size and shape of various products. If the maker of the adhesive labels you're using do not use Avery codes, you can downoad free software from that identifies various label formats by Avery code as well as size.

Import into the desktop publishing software any art work you want to appear on the stickers. Logos, photos and clip art can be adjusted to fit many adhesive labels.

Add text to the sticker design. Be sure the font size fits the size of the sticker and its layout. Avoid overcrowding.

Use the "Print Preview" option that is available in most desktop publishing software to check the appearance of the sticker before you print. When you view the preview, ask yourself these questions: Is the text legible? Is all the necessary information in place? Is the overall design appealing?

Print a test sheet on plain paper to confirm margin settings and to avoid waste. Place the printed test sheet over a sheet of labels and check the fit. Make any needed adjustments in the desktop publishing software, then print another test sheet.

Print the number of stickers you need.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some desktop publishing software allows you to specify the number of labels you need printed, rather than the number of label sheets to print, as well as the print starting position on the sheet. These options help you avoid waste. Use a larger label or edit the sticker's content rather than decrease text font size if you determine the design is crowded and difficult to read.
  • Observe copyright laws when using graphics from a third-party source. Some clip art websites are free, but others charge a small licensing fee to use the art.

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