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Video:Make Your Own Stickers

with Bonnie Zaiss

Make your own stickers using items you have at home. We'll show you how to make your own stickers in a few easy steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make Your Own Stickers

Hi I’m Bonnie Zaiss for About.com. Today we’re going to talk about how to make your own fun stickers using materials you already have in your house. Its simple, inexpensive and lots of fun!

What You Need to Make Your Own Stickers

Arts and crafts are a great way to spend time with family. It’s also a perfect opportunity to recycle and enjoy your collectibles in a new way. To start this homemade sticker project all you’ll need are few tools: scissors, paint brushes and crayons if you’re drawing your own stickers.

Next, to make the solution you’ll need some nonflavored gelatin, a bowl and some warm water. Last but not least, you need to find some great images. Here’s some ideas on where to find some: Old magazines – family, kid or parenting magazines work great! Do you have some old storybooks you’ve grown out of? There’s lots of great pictures to choose from. Greeting cards and old photos are about as personal as you can get! And don’t forget the web – there’s a whole world of images out there. Just copy and paste them into any document or image computer program and print them out. Card stock works best. Your local print shop can help you too!

Choose and Cut Your Images

Now spend some fun time picking and choosing just the right images for your stickers. Then cut them out however you’d like. You can cut them close, cut them into a shape or cut a border around them. You can also draw an image from scratch. There are no rules. Be creative.

Mix the Sticker Solution

After you’ve gathered and trimmed all the pictures, it’s time to mix the solution to make your stickers stick! All you need is a bowl, ½ cup of warm water and a package of unflavored gelatin.

Pour the packet of gelatin into the bowl and slowly stir the warm water in the bowl until all of the granules are dissolved.

Apply Solution to Images

Now take a paintbrush and lightly stroke a thin layer of the solution onto the back of each picture. Then place the stickers, sticky side up on either parchment paper or foil and let them dry completely. Then they’re ready to go. The gelatin is tasteless and perfectly safe. Just lick the back of the picture and stick it to whatever you want. Scrapbooks, construction paper any place that isn’t off limits. Be creative and have fun.
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