Introduction: DIY Custom Stickers/Decals!
This instructable will teach you how you can make your own stickers from scratch with materials that can easily be found around your house! With these instructions, you can make any image into a great looking sticker!
Let's get started!
Step 1: Materials
To make these decals, you will need some basic materials that most people already have in their home.
- Clear Packaging Tape
- At least one image to print
- Mod Podge (Regular glue might work, but I haven't tried it. If you do attempt to do this with regular glue, please let me know how it goes!)
Step 2: Choose Pictures/logos
First, you will need to select the images you would like to use as your stickers. Using a photo editing program (I used GIMP) you can lay out your images so that they all will fit the width of your packaging tape. It is a good idea to create a border around the image you are using so cutting the shape out later is easier. The packaging tape that I am using is about 2 inches wide, so the size of the sticker is limited. This is important when laying out pictures to print, because you don't want to waste paper by re-printing the image over and over! Once you have your images laid out, you can move on to the next step!
(You can see how I laid out my images on the 3rd picture)
Step 3: Print
If you couldn't already tell, you will need to print these images out. Make sure that you print them to scale so the images stay the correct size. Once you have them all printed, you will need to cut them out.
Step 4: Add Packaging Tape
Here is where everything starts to come together. You will want to lay a strip of packaging tape over one of the pictures, then set it aside to be used later. Next, take another strip of packaging tape and stick it to a flat surface that the tape can be easily removed from (The cutting mat that I am using works perfectly for this).Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of this strip and put the layer with the design on top of all of it. squeeze out all of the excess Mod Podge using a card or anything flat, then give it time to dry. Once it is completely dry, carefully peel it off of the cutting board and cut around the edges using scissors. Once the shapes are all cut out, you can finally apply them!
Step 5: Apply!
Now comes the fun part! You can stick them anywhere that looks too boring. I've covered my chromebook with them, and they look great! Just make sure that you put it on correctly the first time, because they are very hard to remove without damaging the sticker.
Step 6: Conclusion
These stickers were a lot of fun to make, and only take around 5 minutes for each batch. If you make any decals with the same method, please let me know in the comments! I'd love to see them!
Thanks for Reading my Instructable!