How to Make Free Stickers

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If you want custom-made stickers without spending a lot on sticker paper or printing, here is a way to make free stickers. These stickers will securely fasten to anything, so design a homemade bumper sticker or custom-made labels for the window of your home-based business vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • White glue
  • Sticker design
  • Wide foam brush
  • Clear packaging tape or contact paper
  • Straight edge
  • Spray bottle
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Create your design for the sticker on regular paper. Make a sheet with several small designs or one large design. Get creative.

  • Make the adhesive by using two parts glue and one part vinegar. Six letter-sized sheets will require 2 tbsp. glue to one tbsp. vinegar.

  • Apply the adhesive using a wide foam brush. Put a light coat of the adhesive on the back of the design by brushing lengthwise in three or four strokes. When your first layer is dry, apply another light coat, going widthwise. When dry to the touch, place the sheets under a book to flatten them out.

  • Remove the paper from under the book . Apply packaging tape if the sticker design is small, or contact paper for larger sticker designs, over the top of the design. Carefully apply the coverings, smoothing them out to ensure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles. This will waterproof the sticker and give it a shine.

  • Cut the sticker out following your design. When you are ready to affix the sticker, fill the spray bottle with water and spray the back of the sticker on the adhesive side. Cover it completely, but don't let it get too watery. The water reactivates the glue, so remember that wherever you affix the sticker, that's where it will stay.

Tips & Warnings

  • For repositionable stickers, use a repositionable spray glue available at craft stores. The spray should not stain or make colors run and may be removed and repositioned several times.

References

  • Photo Credit Martin Poole/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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