There are lots of places online where you can design bumper stickers and get them shipped out to you ASAP. In small quantities this will set you back a couple of bucks per sticker. Printing your own bumper stickers is ten times cheaper and more than ten times faster.
Follow these instructions to print glossy, nearly professional-looking, peel-and-stick bumper stickers. Your stickers will be removable and repositionable. Though they're weather-resistant enough to last an election season, it's practical to replace them after a week, or day, with a new message—a sticker du jour, if you will.
You can print a page of three stickers, or do a production run of hundreds to give away. Either way, your materials cost will be about $0.25 each. The labor, when you cut in stacks, amounts to only a minute per sticker.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
• Avery #461253-73601 Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets
• 8.5" x 11" paper
• a printer
• scissors, or a paper cutter, or a rotary cutter, straight-edge, and cutting mat
Step 2: Printing
My designs are posted as 3-up (i.e., three stickers on each printed page), full-sheet jpgs. The standard mac program Preview (and many others) will print these full-sheet jpgs correctly by default, that is, the image will fill the entire printable area of the 8.5" x 11" page.
Let inkjet prints dry out for a few minutes before cutting.
Step 3: Cut Out the Stickers
Make the cuts indicated by the tiny printed registration marks. Make the outside cuts first, then the ones that divide the deck.
Step 4: Organize the Stickers
Step 5: Assembly
Lay the exposed laminating sheet, sticky-side up, on your work surface. Turn it around so that it is in the "landscape" orientation, with the white strip on your left.
Begin with the sticker that will be placed closest to you (because it's the easiest.) Judge, by eye, a clear bottom margin of the same width as the white strip. Holding the paper face-down, and at a steep incline, bring its left edge down to abut the white strip. (Inclining the paper keeps the adhesive from grabbing it prematurely.) Trust the white strip to mechanically align the paper sticker. The clear margins will be nearly invisible on the installed sticker, so they don't have to be perfect. When you are satisfied with the placement of the edge, press the paper down next to the white strip and gradually increase the area of adhesive contact until the paper is fully down.
The next the bumper sticker you will place is the one farthest from you. (This time, you estimate a clear upper margin the same width as the white strip.)
The middle sticker goes on last. Just "split the difference" between the stickers you have already placed, and all the margins will come out right.
Replace the backing sheet using the very same technique: incline the backing sheet, abut its edge to the white strip, and gradually press it down into place.
Step 6: Trimming
Finally, aligning by eye, make the cuts that divide the sheet (or deck of sheets) into finished stickers.
Step 7: Distributing Your Bumper Stickers
Step 8: Installing
• Thoroughly clean and dry the surface.
• Attach one edge first.
• Hold the sticker in tension while gradually increasing the area of contact.
• Rub the eraser end of a pencil firmly over the clear borders to seal out rain.
• Peel the sticker off from one corner.
• If some adhesive remains, it can be removed with ammonia and a soft cloth. Expose adhesive to an ammonia-soaked cloth for about half a minute before gently wiping it off.