My kids decorate EVERYTHING with sticker decals… water bottles, laptops, notebooks, tablet cases, binders and pretty much anything that a decal will stick to! There are tons of awesome decals available on Amazon (of which we have purchased MANY!) However, when someone in our Facebook group told me how to make stickers (homemade ones!) using just tape and parchment paper, I knew I had to test it out. The verdict is in… we made a few tweaks to perfect the method and are officially addicted to making homemade sticker decals!
DIY Craft Camp for Kids (Part 2!!!)
Since our previous DIY Craft Camp was such a success, we have decided to do an encore (part 2) this week! Here are all of our previous (free!) virtual camps, in case you missed any:
- “Back to Basics” Life Skills Camp
- DIY Craft Camp
- Cooking Classes for Kids
- Science Experiments for Kids
- Kids Entrepreneurship
- World Traveler (Kids Geography Camp)
Don’t forget to join our Facebook group to see our live classes and follow us on Pinterest, so you won’t miss a thing! You definitely need to follow Hannah at Inspired Sparks too, because she is posting all kinds of awesome videos to teach kids about science, crafts and cooking.
How to Make DIY Stickers: Materials List
I bet that you have the majority (if not all!) of the supplies already. Don’t you love projects like that?! Here is all of the materials that you will need!
Originally, I was told to use wax paper. Trust me, you do not want to do that! After lots of experimentation, I can promise you that parchment paper is DEFINITELY the way to go when making your own sticker decals!
How to Make Stickers (Homemade!) with Tape & Parchment Paper
We used a combination of fun images that we cut out of magazines, as well as a Cincinnati Reds (our baseball team) logo that we printed out. If you are looking for a particular image for your sticker decal, try searching google for the name + “clipart.” For example, if you wanted to make a unicorn decal, you would search for the term “unicorn clipart.”
1. Cut out your images
Whether you use clipart images that your print out or magazine graphics, cut each image out into the shape you want for your DIY decal sticker.
2. Put a piece of packing tape onto parchment paper
Place a piece of packing tape (sticky side down) onto your parchment paper. You will see in the photo below that we initially tried to use wax paper, because that was what many tutorials suggested. I do NOT recommend using wax paper though. It is much harder to peel your sticker off of wax paper, and your sticker gets a waxy residue (which decreases the sticking power!) So, for the rest of these images, just imagine that you see parchment paper and not wax paper!
3. Place your image on top of the packing tape
Arrange your image (or multiple images) on top of the packing tape that you just stuck onto the parchment paper. We were able to fit four of our images onto the piece of packing tape, as shown below.
4. Take another piece of packing tape and place it on top of the images
Cut another piece of packing tape to be around the same size as the piece from step 2. Place it on top of your images, and smooth it to make sure there are no bubbles. I gave the kids an old plastic gift card to press down firmly across the top of the DIY sticker decals.
5. Cut out the DIY sticker decals
Carefully cut out the DIY sticker decals. Make sure that you leave a decent amount of extra space around your stickers, so that they remain more waterproof and durable.
6. Peel the parchment paper off the back
Flip your DIY sticker decal over and peel the parchment paper off the back of it.
7. Press the DIY sticker decal firmly onto the surface you place it on
Pick what you want to decorate with your DIY sticker decal! We tried it out on a water bottle and a plastic cup. Press the sticker firmly onto the surface and go over it with something like a plastic gift card, a spoon or even your fingernail! Make sure to avoid bubbles and to focus especially on the edges.
How to Make Stickers & Decals
What are you going to decorate with your sticker decals? What images did you find in magazines (or on Google) to turn into homemade sticker decals? Share a photo of your DIY projects in our Facebook Group! We are always so inspired by all of our amazing members!!!