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How to Print Bumper Stickers at Home (nebsi/english production method)

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[This describes a sticker making technique now called the nebsi production method]

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.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

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The secret ingredient is Avery #461253-73601 Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets (look for them at your local office supplies store.) These laminating sheets are 9" x 12", and come 50 sheets to a box. A box (enough to make 150 bumper stickers) costs about $25. You probably already have the other things you need:


• 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

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To streamline these instructions, I will assume you already have a suitable pdf or jpg file to print out. If you want to design your own sticker, the easiest thing to do is riff on the Pages files I have posted at stickerdujour.blogspot.com. You will also find instructions there for designing from scratch.

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.