Step 5: Application (The fun part)

Find a good, flat surface to put your sticker on. Porous surfaces tend to work best, but sometimes it really depends on the amount of adhesive on the sticker. Use your spray bottle to give the adhesive a few good sprays so that it's all covered, it's good to spray from about a foot away so it doesn't get too concentrated. Too much water will make the adhesive too watery and not dry as well and not enough won't activate it, you need to play around with it. If you don't have a spray bottle a damp rag will do. Just brush it over the surface and slap it on.

Apply the sticker to the surface and hold it there for a second. Be sure to flatten out any wrinkles or bubbles. If you didn't weatherproof them with tape or plastic you can give the face of the sticker a few sprays to activate the adhesive absorbed in the paper.

Remember: These stickers can be tough to remove, be mindful of where you put them.

That's pretty much it. The few stickers I've made have been in high demand from friends and peers. I've also passed them around at concerts and given them to potential clients. It really helps to print out a bunch (if you have a good printer with waterproof ink) and make a bunch at once, cut out a few and keep 'em in a baggie. However, if your design's shape is complex (like the Cthulhu sticker) then be prepared for a world of hurt when you cut out sheet after sheet.
<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>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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