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How to make stickers

Posted by  ·  October 7, 2018  ·  Last Updated: October 7, 2018

Learn how to make stickers in a few easy steps.  Yes, you can make homemade lick and stick stickers. These stickers really work and the possibilities are endless.  So get ready to make your own stickers!

how to make stickers

Make Your Own Stickers!

It is easy to make your own stickers. Once you have your stickers they can decorate note cards, lunch sacks, favor bags or make adorable stickers for gift wrapping with matching gift tags. Around here one special four year old has requested an alphabet book. Finding all of the letters and items that begin with the letters in our magazines will keep us busy!

DIY Stickers Supplies

  • gelatin
  • light corn syrup
  • flavoring extract (We used LorAnn’s flavoring (in apple) but you can also use the extract from the spice aisle at the grocery store.)
  • wrapping paper, pictures cut from magazines etc.


How to make your own stickers

If you have ever wondered how to make stickers just follow the recipe below. You will have fun creating with your kids!

how to make your own sitcikers
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How to make stickers

Yes, you can make your own stickers! Just a few supplies you probably already have at home. Get ready for some fun!
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1 envelope 1/4 oz  unflavored gelatin
  • 4 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp flavoring extract less if using professional strength flavoring


  1. Add gelatin to the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Stir in corn syrup and flavoring. Paint sticker gum on backs of pictures cut from magazines or pieces of wrapping paper. After the backs of papers are coated allow to dry completely.

How to make stickers

Add gelatin to the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Stir in corn syrup and flavoring.

sticker2Paint sticker gum on backs of pictures cut from magazines or pieces of wrapping paper.

make your own stickersAfter the backs of papers are coated allow to dry completely.

DIY stickers

Once the paper is dry use punches to cut out fun shapes from the wrapping paper. Once you have all of the shapes cut out —- lick lick away!

sticker5Then stick! Bella was thrilled to learn how to make stickers! What fun!


Note: If you have leftover sticker gum it will harden into a gel. To re-use, heat until it becomes liquid again then you can make your own stickers again.

Now that you know how to make stickers you might like more fun ways to keep little hands busy!

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  1. jam T
    Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
    Wow.. very simple... can be tried easily...

    BTW we can use any kind of syrup, right... if the light corn syrup isn't available ..??
    • Cindy
      Thursday, November 16th, 2017
      I have only tried with corn syrup. It is thicker than regular table syrup. If you try please let us know.
  2. sssssssshhhhhhh
    Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
    i live in india and we dont have corn syrup here, Any subsitutes ?
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
      How about boiling a little sugar and water to make a thick sugar syrup?
  3. Lance
    Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
    This is a great safe way to show little kids how to make anything into stickers. I will have to share this with my wife so she can share this with her young students.

    Thanks you
  4. Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
    Ha! This is such a cool idea! (Gotta love Stumbleupon ;) My twins are going to love this.
  5. anonymous
    Sunday, December 16th, 2012
    Awesome it was so much fun although i don't like the taste:):):):):):)
  6. chanie di ianni
    Saturday, August 18th, 2012
    Your so creative i absoloutely adore your ideas and ill most certainly be trying out these great ideas
  7. Friday, February 3rd, 2012
    So doing this this snowey weekend! Thanks!
  8. Tina
    Sunday, June 19th, 2011
    Awesome idea! I know you can also make lick and stick stickers with white glue and vinager, look on youtube, theres a video for it!
  9. Becky T.
    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
    A question/comment. Have you saved these items? Because if you've used these stickers in a scrapbook wouldn't it attract bugs or other critters? I guess it would be more for crafts that you look at for a couple weeks and then throw away?
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
      Gosh Becky I just don't know the answer to that question. Maybe someone could help?
  10. Christel
    Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
    If i can't get light corn syrup, what can I use?
  11. Leah
    Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
    This project, along with the teacher bookplates has saved my skin tonight when my ordered teacher gifts have not shown up the night before Christmas.
  12. Fleur
    Thursday, August 26th, 2010
    I live in Australia & we don't have corn syrup here - can you suggest a substitute?
    • Friday, August 27th, 2010
      In Australia, don't you have a golden syrup that you use in Anzac Biscuits? When I make Anzac biscuits I substitute our corn syrup for what you use. You might give that a try??
  13. Lani
    Sunday, July 11th, 2010
    Hmmmmmm. Wondering if this could be a natural wall paper glue.......
  14. jody
    Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
    so goin to try it!!!~***
    yah real cool i meannnnn coooooooooollll***~

    happy days
  15. Jinglebell
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Why do i need corn syrup and flavouring extract?
  16. Sharon
    Thursday, January 21st, 2010
    I found painting the whole paper and then cutting out the pictures once the 'glue' has dried stops those curly edges on all the pictures
  17. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
    THIS IS AWESOME! I am SO doing this with the neices!
  18. Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    Thanks for posting this. We're going to try it here really soon. Also linking to your tutorial. Great idea!
  19. Monday, December 7th, 2009
    Thank you for linking back to this! I linked to it on my weekly roundup, post is under my name. Fun!
  20. Sunday, November 29th, 2009
    I am posting a link to this activity this week.
  21. Monday, October 5th, 2009
    What a great craft for my grandson. I will be making this
  22. Friday, September 4th, 2009
    What a fun idea, thanks so much for sharing! I love stickers! I'll be linking.
  23. Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
    awesome proj, my girl will love it
  24. Sunday, August 30th, 2009
    What a wonderful project!!! Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing. I linked to it on my blog and will be spreading the love! :)
  25. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    You get a star sticker on your forehead for being so creative! Love it. Can't wait to try it. The only question is: what flavor? Mmmm...
  26. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    This is awesome, thanks for sharing. I'm linking this tute to my blog!
  27. Angela
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    I did this last year for my daughter, we both loved it!

    A couple of hints:
    1. Use scraps of paper leftover from scrapbooking.
    2. Use paper punches, they make a great size for making them into stickers
    3. I got some on a wall next to the table where I was painting it on, and it took awhile to get it off once it dried.
    4. After the paper dries you might want to keep it somewhere where you can keep it flat, the edges starting curling up on me and it was hard to store.

    Enjoy! I know we did
  28. Ann
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    My girls will love this!
  29. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    WOW thanks for sharing this is awesome.
  30. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    sounds like fun.
  31. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    Wow! I can't wait to try this.
  32. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    oh, oh! so fun! we'll be doing LOTS of this! it's also a great excuse to get the punches that i always drool over!
  33. Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    Woah! Seriously, you can make these?! So totally awesome!
  34. VanessaES
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
    BRILLIANT! I can't wait to try this!