How To Make a Decal

Making a decal at home has become one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to form the exact decal that you want.  The other plus side of making your own decal is that you can come up with your own artwork and your own sayings.  No more having to shop around and settle for just any type of saying. 

There are a few things you will have to have in order to make your own decals from home.  The first and most important thing is to have a printer; a laser printer is the most preferred printer.  With a laser printer, your decal will come out looking much more professional. Sticker paper is one of the next things you will need to purchase, as well as have Microsoft Word or a similar program installed onto your computer.

The first thing you want to do once you have all your supplies and your printer running in good shape is create your design. Work slowly and make sure that it is perfect before you attempt to print out your decal.  Make sure you have your shadows where you want them, and your words are spelled the way you want them to look. Once that’s all done you're ready to print a test sheet.

Printing a test sheet is not necessary; however, if it does not come out looking right, you have just wasted a piece of your expensive sticker paper.  So, you will want to usually run a typical piece of printer paper through first just to test out your decal.  If it comes out looking great, then we can move on to using the sticker sheet.  Here is where the real fun begins.  You will want to load your sticker paper into the printer in the correct fashion. All sticker paper is different, as well as printers, so you will want to refer to your paper and printer on how to correctly load the paper.

Once your decal is fully printed onto the sticker paper, give it a few moments to make sure that the ink has dried and that it won’t run or smudge once you get it into the correct position to apply it.  Once it’s dried, then you can slowly peel the paper away from the sticker and you can apply your decal to the specific spot.  Make sure that you rub it upwards on its application. This way you make sure to remove any and all bubbles out of the picture.  Enjoy and have fun with creating the most unique decals.


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