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Stickers from Scratch


The only thing more fun than collecting stickers is having a sticker collection you've designed yourself. Choose images from wrapping paper or magazines and cut out along outlines, or punch shapes from decorative papers using a craft punch. Once backed with glue and allowed to dry, they can be remoistened later and stuck on notebooks, lunch bags, stationery -- just about anything.


  • White Elmer's Washable School Glue
  • White vinegar
  • Small paint or pastry brush
  • Scissors or a craft punch


  1. Step 1

    In a bowl, mix together white Elmer's Washable School Glue with an equal amount of white vinegar until you have a thin, milky liquid. Using a small paint brush or a pastry brush, smear the back of the paper sparingly with the glue mixture.

  2. Step 2

    Allow to dry, apply a second coat, and allow to dry again. Then use scissors or a craft punch to cut out desired shapes. Although the glue is nontoxic, it doesn't taste very good, so for a mass sticking, use a dampened sponge to moisten the back of stickers.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 3 2002

Reviews (7)

  • Nenabug 3 May, 2013

    This is a fun way for my kids to reuse my old magazines! They will love this. Thanks!

  • Txtingqueen17 28 Aug, 2010

    I like this one better because its safe to lick and stick and they don't taste bad!:

  • Umbrella7th 11 Jun, 2010

    can u put a piesce of paper 2 make it like peel off stickers? but any way this is great idea!

  • nana2oneboy 10 Jun, 2010

    This is a great and easy idea. Thanks! I can't wait to try it.

  • WonderWomyn 10 Jun, 2010

    how wonderful if this works!

  • fabulousfab 10 Jun, 2010

    I would really appreciate it if you could make it all one link to get the instructions or recipe to one of your projects, instead of 2 or 3. It's annoying to click once and then being asked to click again to get the instructions.

  • rock63roll64 10 Jun, 2010