Make Your Own Stickers with Contact Paper

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Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers

The kids and I decided to try our hand at making their own stickers with contact paper on Friday.

It was a project that I had been wanting to try with them ever since I first saw this tutorial on One Pearl Button for DIY vinyl stickers. I thought it would be the perfect art project for a couple of girly girls who love stickers.

While Alli traced her sticker designs from an embroidery pattern, we drew ours free form. As with many of the arts and crafts activities we do, this project was easily adaptable to any skill level and developmental stage. We had a two-year-old version, a 6-year-old version, and a 35-year-old version at the table.

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Here’s how we did it…

Make Your Own Stickers with Contact Paper

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

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We started by taping down pieces of our contact paper shiny side up on the table (one for each of us) and drawing pictures with our sharpies. Maia drew a house, some flowers, and a girl. Daphne drew her lovely scribbles. And I drew some flowers.

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

Note :: I would recommend protecting the table with something first. I generally use some 99 cent plastic placemats I picked up at IKEA for placing under messier craft projects at the dining table. I didn’t this time, though, and we had a couple mishaps with the permanent marker going off the edge of the contact paper. Luckily I came across a post on how to remove permanent marker from everything and so will surely go clean it off the table as soon as I finish writing this….

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

After we were finished with our drawings, we cut out our stickers. Maia wanted to cut mine out and asked me to cut hers, so we traded for that step.

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Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

The kids wanted to try out their new stickers right away. They peeled off the paper backing from the contact paper (I got Daphne’s started for her) and pressed their new stickers to colored construction paper.

I really like how transparent these contact paper stickers are! They also layer nicely.

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

Here’s Daphne’s red paper with her big red scribble sticker on top circled by additional black lines. (These days she holds up her newly created artworks, asks me to take a photo, then immediately wants to see the photo on my camera display.)

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

Here are my flower stickers in progress. I used a black sharpie to draw the outlines first, then filled them in with color. As you can see, we used some Sharpies as well as some Colorations brand permanent markers—we like them both equally well.

A couple of our colors are drying out and I need to try this rubbing alcohol trick for revitalizing them.

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

I like how making our own stickers means there’s an infinite number of possibilities. We can create whatever interests us at the moment, rather than relying on the rather selection at the store. This way our stickers are tailor-made for us, what we are working on, and what we are interested in. We can make individual stickers or whole sticker scenes. Small stickers or big stickers.

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

With the paper backing still on, the stickers look opaque. Once you take off the backing, the contact paper without the sharpie drawing just blends in with the surface you place it on. Pretty neat.

Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers with Kids

Here’s a sticker collage and window artwork that Maia created using some of her number and letter stickers. As you can see, she also used some of my flower and circle stickers.

We all had fun making and using our homemade stickers and will definitely try this again!

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    tansydolls.blogspot.com
    July 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Love this project! And of course, I have a roll of contact paper just waiting to be turned into stickers!

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    Jessica
    July 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    What a great idea and I have a roll of contact paper I can use just for this! (Thanks for linking to my permanent marker post too!)

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    Sarah M
    July 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    again with another fabulous idea. I have an entire roll of contact paper in the waiting. This is wonderful. My kids (who go through stickers like mad!) will love this.
    Do you ever remember *saving* stickers when you were little? I think my mother bought them so few and far in between that I would never use them, just take them out once in awhile and look at them. When going through things after I was married, I found my box of them. My kids loved every minute of use! :)
    Sarah M

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    The Iowa Farmer's Wife
    July 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    brilliant! this is such a great idea!!! my daughter will love this!

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    Dena
    July 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Jean,
    What a terrific idea! We just finished making our painted stickers with white office supply stickers and Naomi loved it so I know this will be a great way to keep the sticker making going. I love finding ways to show her she can make things herself instead of buying from the store. And Daphne’s scribbles are perfect! Thanks.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    You’re welcome! It’s so helpful and I’m glad someone led the way and experimented with permanent marker removal so I didn’t have to!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Perfect!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hmm. I think I remember sticker books that you would put your stickers into (and treasure). I don’t remember having too many stickers as a kid, though. Interesting. I hadn’t thought of that in a while!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    So glad!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks, Dena! And it’s great to hear that Naomi loved the painted stickers, too!

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    Liisa
    July 11, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Thank you for showing the different developmental stages, love to see! I had a sticker book as a kid, my daughter found it recently. I remember going to the store to pick out one special sticker…times are different, now we get sheets and sheets. But they still seem to love them. This will be a fun one, thank you!

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    lisa
    July 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    tried this w/a small group I work with. They loved it! Castle stickers, knight stickers…… Wonderful idea for all the odds and ends of contact paper left over. My sharpies were odd and not as colorful as I would have liked, but other than that, perfection!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I know — It’s definitely different. Stickers were more “special” then.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Wish I could see pics of the castle and knight stickers!!

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    Jessica
    September 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Such a great idea, can’t wait to try it. And thanks for linking to my post on how to remove permanent marker, it gave me a chance to find you :).

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    Tess
    September 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Jean,
    Hello from New York City! So, I stumbled upon this site last night through pinterest which I stumbled upon through Facebook. Needless to say, I was INSTANTLY hooked. I saw so many things that made my jaw drop and my eyes get wide. I am mom to two girls ages 5 & 8, so since I’m the crafty one in this place I couldn’t wait for them to get home from school today. Last night after I was finally able to get myself off this site, I was to exited to go to sleep, so instead at 11:45 p.m. I began making contac paper stickers. And what’s crazy is that I would never have even had contac paper if my daughters teacher didn’t request that we cover one of of her school workbooks in it to protect it. By 12:15 a.m. I was placing stickers on my front door. I cut 4 individual pieces and wrote one word on each, “crafting…keeps…me…sane”. I placed that right above my table where I make my paper crafts. I intend on finding a saying to cut out and stick above my jewelry making area as well. I was able to get my girls ready for school very quickly with the promise of being able to make a few stickers before it was time to leave to get the school bus. It really was amazing how quickly they were ready this morning. When they got home, I cut some more squares and told them to make some “stickers” and they were happy too. I put them along the top of the mirror we all use to get ready in the morning. But I also put 3 of my own on our bathroom mirror, “Brush Your Teeth”, “Smile”, and “Wash Your Face”. And since the contac paper comes off so easily, I’m imagining many other applications for it. Labeling things, spelling reinforcements (my 8 year old always misspells words that she should know…we can spell those words out and just stick them on the wall above her desk. Endless possibilities. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I am SO happy and uber excited. :-)

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    Tess
    September 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Sorry about the crazy long post.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

    SO glad you are having fun with this!! And welcome to The Artful Parent, Tess! I’m so glad to have you here! -Jean

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    custom stickers
    October 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    wow…this is awesome collection of stickers which re made by hand )

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    Nicole from Mudpies & Sunshine
    October 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    How clever! We have a HUGE roll of contact paper courtesy of Grandma so this will be the next to-do on our contact paper list.
    My girls will be so excited about making their own stickers! Thank you:)

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    Betsy
    March 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I just wanted to throw in there that you can remove sharpie from most surfaces by going over it with a dry erase marker and than erasing! As long as it’s not cloth that is.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    Kristen
    August 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hi! I love your blog and appreciate the ideas :) I’m having a big problem with the pop up ads though. I’m browsing on a smartphone, and every time I try to close the ads, it inadvertently clicks and opens up an ad on the side at the same time. I just wanted to let you know in case I’m not the only one with the problem. It’s very difficult to read your wonderful posts because of this!

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