Picture of Homemade Stickers
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!

If you like my Instructable please rate it. :)

- 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.
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of 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.
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Is that an iron maiden sticker I see there? ^.^
Pilljoys28 days ago
I am so confused, I think I did it wrong…
SirBrittanicvs (author)  Pilljoys28 days ago
Can you provide any details?


Hey... Flower power stickers!
jdhitc2 months ago

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?

SirBrittanicvs (author)  jdhitc2 months ago
Probably not, the glue works best with surfaces that can absorb it.
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.
SLinaArt2 months ago

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

SirBrittanicvs (author)  SLinaArt2 months ago
The glue really only works on regular paper so that its fibers can absorb it. Photo paper would not.
sarena.ebel2 months ago

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!

frikkie3 months ago

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.

SirBrittanicvs (author)  frikkie3 months ago
That is correct. Think of it like a stamp.
nmccrary9 months ago
so cool! my first sheet turned out awesome!!
I adore your Ingress sticker! I can't see what the other two are though.
dkrampton4 months ago


miguel a7 months ago

the adhesive didint work for me

miguel a7 months ago

the adhesive didint work for me

really great method - works amazing

I used a hair drier to speed up the drying and they work great

JamesAre2 years ago
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?

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

djiron110 months ago

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

For the vinegar, does it have to be white vinegar, or can I use apple cider vinegar as well?

kcarring2 years ago
Can you use color ink jet printed images?
Wow, I have always wanted to make my own stickers, and now I know how! :D
Palo0132 years ago
Cool instructable whats the dead squid called in the first photo
This is pretty cool :)
adacus2 years ago
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 :)
BATKENYAN5 years ago
Where do you get your contact paper?
SirBrittanicvs (author)  BATKENYAN5 years ago
A few art/craft supply stores carry it. You could also check out hardware stores, the one I work at has a few kinds, I don't know about gloss clear, though.
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.
ilpug ilpug3 years ago
Update: tried it, and it works great, but honestly not worth the extra trouble. Packing tape works just as well.
 I think walmart carries contact paper. Sometimes it's used to cover shelves in kitchen cabinets and such so try in the household organizing section.
gossip133 years ago
can they stick to skin n be removed?
Energyzed3 years ago
So I tried my hand at this Instructable, and I followed everything correctly. For every 2 tbsp of glue mix in 1 tbsp of White Vinegar. Put one coat on the back of the sticker horizontally, let it dry, then put another on vertically, and let it dry. I put a heavy book on top of the sheet with my gaming computer on top of that. Let it sit for like 20 minutes, then put on the packaging tape to cover the artwork.

The only problem I'm having is that the water isn't making the glue gets a little gummy, but the stickers want to curl up rather than stick. I can force them onto a surface and they seem to stick for the most part, but the corners are not lying down flat, and there's water spots. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
SirBrittanicvs (author)  Energyzed3 years ago
Could be the size of your sticker. They look a tad small. Mine were all two or three times that size.
That could be it. Never thought of that. I'll have to make a bigger sticker some time then ;P
cbishop33 years ago
Is it possible to stick these stickers onto things such as bags, t-shirt etc. and remove them afterwards??
keelan20093 years ago
Do you think that malt vinegar would work or does it have to be white vinegar?
bshin13 years ago
This looks really fun and your stickers are very cute (even the Dethklok one)! For a minute I thought one the squid/octopus was Cthulu. ^^
SirBrittanicvs (author)  bshin13 years ago
He is Cthulhu, actually. :)

I had meant to draw the rest of him, or at least some wings behind him or something, but never got around to it.
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