How to Make Stickers Sticky Again

Stickers are one of the easiest ways to add embellishments to craft projects. Sticker manufacturers are producing thousands of high-quality stickers that can be used for collecting, scrapbooking, and all forms of paper crafting. Many stickers come designed to be stuck, removed and restuck, but even the best of adhesives can wear off with time and repeated use. Those stickers can be given new life, and made sticky again, with a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspaper

  • Spray adhesive

  • Wax paper (optional)

Step 1

Protect your work surface by layering old newspaper over it. The product you will be working with has been known to travel through the air and coat your home in a sticky mess, so use outdoors if possible, on a day with no wind.

Step 2

Collect all the stickers that you need to make sticky again. Lay them on the newspaper with the decorated side down and sticky side up. You can do as many stickers as you like at one time.

Step 3

Remove the cap from your spray adhesive, also called "spray glue" in some craft stores. Spray glue creates a tacky surface, similar to a sticker's natural adhesive. With your can about 6 to 8 inches from the surface of your stickers, begin spraying the adhesive in wide, sweeping motions until the backs of each sticker are completely coated with a thin layer of spray adhesive.

Step 4

Allow your stickers to dry for at least 20 minutes before applying to a craft surface, unless you desire a permanent stick. If you'd like to permanently apply the sticker, use it instantly after spraying. When spray adhesive is allowed to cure for several minutes, it makes a tacky but not permanent backing for your stickers.

Step 5

Store stickers on a sheet of waxed paper if you don't plan on using them immediately. Apply a very thin coat of spray adhesive to a sheet of waxed paper. Allow the spray adhesive to cure for at least 20 minutes. Lightly press your stickers to the wax paper. Coating the wax paper first makes the stickers easier to remove later.