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Stick ‘Em Up

Something as simple as a sticker can serve as a political statement or a representation of one’s identity, so there is no denying the power a single sticker can hold. Take a look around; laptops, reusable water bottles, phones, cars, skateboards, notebooks — they are all covered in stickers. With the element of personalization stickers add, any ordinary object transforms into a piece of artwork that carefully displays the owner’s narrative.

Stickers are available everywhere, but it is sometimes hard to find exactly what one is looking for. Maybe someone wants a sticker of their dog, or of an inside joke shared with friends. Whatever their custom sticker needs may be, there is a simple way to make these types of stickers at an affordable price; using materials that are readily available.

Materials needed:

  • Markers (optional)
  • Printed pictures (optional)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Clear packaging tape

Step 1: Start by drawing or printing the desired sticker designs onto the regular paper.

Step 2: Cut out the design or picture.

Step 3: Lay down the parchment paper.

Step 4: Place a piece of tape larger than the sticker design, adhesive side down, onto the parchment paper. 

Step 5: Place design or picture faceup on top of the tape.

Step 6: Secure the design or picture by placing another piece of tape over the cut out and previously laid tape. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles and imperfections.

Step 7: Peel the tape off of the parchment paper. Cut around the design, leaving a thin, clear tape border. 

Step 8: Place the sticker where desired.

Using this simple process with materials that are found in most households, anyone is able to decorate their surroundings the way they wish. Do not be afraid to cover something in different designs and express yourself through the power of stickers.

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