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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.
TheCommander2 months ago

I like how you printed those joke bumper stickers to put on other peoples cars to make them look like idiots, that's pretty clever.

tfaulk263 months ago

Nice instructable, but it would be even nicer if the author stayed politically neutral. Leavepolitics to mainstream media :-(