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Want to make stickers, but don't feel like forking out lots of cash for sticker paper? Thankfully there's an easy way to make your own with stuff you probably have around the house, or are easily accessible.

WARNING: These stickers can be VERY difficult to get off depending on the surface you put it on. They are not like your average peel-n-stick and might rip during removal. If you get in a...sticky situation...for what you stick where it's your own damn sticker adhesive and you're gonna soak in it!

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UPDATES:
- Thanks to ItstheHobbs for helping me remember what contact paper is called.

- Please do not ask me to upload my sticker designs. I'm not going to give them to you no matter how nicely you ask. The only way to get one is for me to personally hand you one.

- I just added that pun in the warning there. Please do not hesitate to shoot me in the face.

Step 1: Materials

You need:
White Vinegar
White Glue (Elmer's works fine)
Your design(s) printed out on paper*
A wide brush
Tupperware container OR jar (optional)
Packaging tape OR Clear Contact Paper (optional)**
Straight edge
Little spray bottle (Recommended)
Scissors OR X-acto Blade

*Regular printer paper works the best I've found. I printed some on matte paper and the adhesive didn't absorb into the paper, making for a weaker sticker.

** Utrecht's art supply carries this in about 36" rolls. It's also great for making very crisp stencils. The only bad thing about this is it rips easier than the tape. It's also a tad expensive, last I remember.

Design Tips: Try to fit as many stickers as you can on one sheet. With rectangular or square stickers this shouldn't be a problem. But with stickers with a more dynamic shape I like to leave about an 1/8" border around the edge of the ink.

A lot of people have been asking me if it's okay to use a different kind of vinegar over the years. I'm going to say no, and read the comments. White Vinegar is stupid cheap and the purest, so it won't discolor your sticker stock.

<p>Thank you so much! I made emoji faces... :D The sun messed up the photo though. Jessbug</p>
<p>does white wine vinegar work too? Just as long as it's not red wine vinegar etc.?</p>
I have no idea. White wine vinegar is the purest, so it will likely work the best.
So did wine vinigar work
Or can i just do it with out it
Or can i just do it with out it
Do i need tape
<p>will these be okay if i stick them on my camelbak?</p>
Does it have to be vinegar mixed with glue? Can there be an alternative to vinegar for this?
I need to do something like this. I have stickers on the back of my 3DS, and they are already peeling. Thank you for the tutorial!
Be mindful that the adhesive works best on porous surfaces. The smooth back of a 3DS may not be the best surface.
<p>i tried this with and without the duct tape, and it didn't stick either time. what am i doing wrong? could it be the size of the sticker? mine are a little bigger than your cthulhu's head, but i also tried just cutting out bigger pieces of paper and doing the same thing on them and that didn't work either.</p><p>i didn't use elmer's glue specifically, just random liquid glue i had lying around(i don't live in america and the brands in my country are completely different). could that be the problem? also this could be a weird question, but can i also do this with wheat paste? a.k.a. does it dry and get sticky again if you wet it?</p><p>thanks for the guide, it's the most useful one i've found so far</p>
So long as it was plain white glue and within the right proportions for the concoction it should have worked fine. Wood glue might even work tbh, but that stuff is of course better suited for wood applications. <br><br>I don't have any wheatpaste experience, but from what I do know is that it's sort of like plaster- when it's dry it stays dry.
<p>i guess i messed up something while making the glue+vinegar mixture then. i'll try again, if nothing works i'll just have to make wheat paste haha</p>
Is that an iron maiden sticker I see there? ^.^
I am so confused, I think I did it wrong&hellip;
Can you provide any details?
<p>I think we should make a sticker! I'M NOT READY TO TO MAKE NICE!!!!!!!!! THAT QUOTE SPEAKS MY WORDS I HAVE A SEEN TO MUCH PAIN</p>
Hey... Flower power stickers!
<p>just a quick question here. When you put that glue on the back before it drys could you put the contact paper on it(the non sticky part) and leave the peel part on the contact paper so you would then have a peel off sticker?</p>
Probably not, the glue works best with surfaces that can absorb it.<br> It will just sit on top of the contact paper if you do it that way. Plus, the glue is much stronger than contact paper on the right surface.
<p>Does it have to be normal paper? I have some photo paper (dont know the actual name) thats a bit thicker and i was to print the sticker on that</p>
The glue really only works on regular paper so that its fibers can absorb it. Photo paper would not.
<p>Working on my gun and decided rather than paint in I would make my own sticker and adhere it to the gun before all the painting / and stain started. Turned out awesome! Going to try the window decals next!</p>
<p>So when you spray littel bit of water on back of sticker it basicly 'acitvates' the glue than you stick it? Just wanna make sure I understand correct. I also wanna make my own.</p>
That is correct. Think of it like a stamp.
so cool! my first sheet turned out awesome!!
I adore your Ingress sticker! I can't see what the other two are though.
<p>THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!</p>
<p>the adhesive didint work for me</p>
<p>the adhesive didint work for me</p>
<p>really great method - works amazing</p><p>I used a hair drier to speed up the drying and they work great</p>
In step 3 theres weights ontop of a book ontop of the drawing. what surface is the glue touching? do u have a nonstick surface touching the glued side of paper? another question is. how can u make the stickers portable. like having a peel of backing to it?
<p>the glue is dried so it dosnt matter what it touches so when its dried you can put it in your pocket but you still need to wet it with water before sticking it to something</p>
<p>Thanks buddy this method really helped me, i based an article on how to make stickers in a cheaper way, where i had to analyse the most common printing methods and theyr advantages and also alternatives for the expensive vinyl sheets and sylicon layer paper sheets. gave you the proper credit for the information and stuf alot of thanks! :D</p>
<p>For the vinegar, does it have to be white vinegar, or can I use apple cider vinegar as well?</p>
Can you use color ink jet printed images?
Wow, I have always wanted to make my own stickers, and now I know how! :D
Cool instructable whats the dead squid called in the first photo
This is pretty cool :)
I'm a little confused. are these lick-and-stick stickers or the kind where you peel off the back and stick it? I have the ingredients ready to go, I just wanna make sure I'm making the kind of stickers I want to sell at a convention :) <br>thanks!
Where do you get your contact paper?
A few art/craft supply stores carry it. You could also check out hardware stores, the one I&nbsp;work at has a few kinds, I don't know about gloss clear, though.<br />
heres an idea to make the stickers extra-tough. instead of contact paper, go to an office supply store and get a bunch of those clear overhead projector sheets. attach them to your stickers with spray adhesive. i haven't tried this method of waterproofing but i might. the overhead sheets are really thick so they should make the sticker really tough.
Update: tried it, and it works great, but honestly not worth the extra trouble. Packing tape works just as well.

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