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A Guide to Making Your Own DIY Stickers (Top 5 Methods)

Have you been looking for a unique way to create your own DIY stickers without ordering from an expensive print or sticker shop?

Well you’re in luck! Today we’ll be sharing the top 5 methods for how to make your own custom sticks and decals.

Gather Your Materials

Before we embark on our sticker-making journey, let’s assemble the essential materials you’ll need:

  1. Sticker Paper: Start with high-quality sticker paper, readily available in most craft stores and online such as on our website or at Choose between glossy, matte, or clear sticker paper depending on your desired finish.

  2. Printer: A standard inkjet or laser printer is suitable for most DIY sticker projects.

  3. Design Software: Use graphic design software like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or even free options like Canva to create your sticker designs.

  4. Scissors or Cutting Tools: You’ll need scissors for simple shapes, but for intricate designs, a cutting tool like a craft knife or a cutting machine (e.g., Cricut or Silhouette) is handy.

  5. Markers, Colored Pencils, or Paints: If you prefer hand-drawn or painted stickers, gather your preferred art supplies.

  6. Clear Tape: To protect your stickers from moisture and wear, clear tape or a laminator can be useful.

Now that you’ve gathered your materials, let’s explore various methods to craft your own DIY stickers:

1. Digital Design and Printing

This method is perfect for creating precise and intricate designs.

  1. Design Your Stickers: Using design software, create your sticker designs. Experiment with colors, shapes, and typography to match your vision.

  2. Print Your Stickers: Load your sticker paper into your printer and print your designs. Make sure to select the appropriate settings for the type of paper you’re using.

  3. Cut Out Your Stickers: After printing, carefully cut out your stickers using scissors or a cutting tool. Ensure your cuts are precise for a professional finish.

  4. Peel and Stick: Remove the backing from your sticker and apply it to your desired surface.

2. Hand-Drawn Stickers

For those who enjoy the charm of handcrafted designs:

  1. Create Your Art: Let your artistic skills shine by drawing or painting your designs on a sheet of sticker paper. You can use a sharpie, colored pencils, or a good old fashioned pen or pencil to draw on your sticker paper.

  2. Protect Your Art: To protect your hand-drawn stickers from smudging or water damage, apply clear tape or use a laminate sheet for stickers like we offer on our Royal Elements store page.

  3. Cut and Apply: Once your artwork is protected, cut out your stickers and apply them wherever you’d like.

3. Sticker Kits

If you’re looking for a more straightforward approach:

  1. Purchase a Sticker Kit: Sticker kits often come with pre-designed stickers and sticker paper. Simply follow the kit’s instructions to print and cut your stickers.

  2. Customize Your Kit: Add a personal touch by incorporating your own designs into the kit or embellishing the existing stickers.

4. Repurpose Magazine Images

Get eco-friendly and creative by upcycling old magazines:

  1. Select Images: Flip through old magazines or catalogs and choose images or illustrations that appeal to you.

  2. Cut and Stick: Cut out the selected images and use glue or double-sided tape to adhere them instead of using traditional sticker paper. Cut around the images to create your unique stickers.

5. Photos and Memories

Turn your cherished memories into stickers:

  1. Choose Photos: Select your favorite photos or images from your personal collection.

  2. Cut & Glue: Cut your photos out in the desired shape, then apply glue or double-sided tape to the back and stick them on! These personalized stickers are great for scrapbooking and journaling.


Creating your DIY stickers is a fantastic way to infuse your personality and creativity into your everyday life. 

Whether you opt for digital design, hand-drawn art, sticker kits, or repurposed images, the possibilities are endless. 

So, gather your materials, let your imagination run wild, and start crafting your unique stickers today. 

These little works of art can add a touch of joy to your world or make heartfelt gifts for your loved ones. 

Be sure to check out our shop page to browse our selection of printable sticker paper and more!

Happy crafting!

Michael from Royal Elements


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