There are many beautiful pictures and images that you see in the glossy pages of magazines that you wish you can turn into beautiful stickers for your scrapbook, for your letters and as gift tags.
Some people do just that, cut out those pictures and stick them with sticky tape or paste. Others use double sided tape for a cleaner look. Sticky tape inevitably peel off from the corners, pasting them can be messy and using double sided tapes is time consuming. You have to peel the backing tape which can sometimes take forever just trying to pick the corner up. And you still have to shape them according to the contour of the image or picture that you have cut out.
If you have a really wide sticky tape, then you can use this like a laminating film and cover the entire front of the image and have leftover tape for sticking the photo.
There is an easier way to make homemade stickers and turn your collection of beautiful pictures and images into stickers using some homemade recipes you can easily whip up.
1. Mix two parts of white glue with one part white vinegar. Stir the mixture until it is well blended. Apply to the backs of your pictures. Allow the stickers to air dry. Apply another coating of the mixture, this time doing it in another direction and allow them to completely dry. You photo stickers may be warped from the application of the liquid. Just insert them between the pages of some heavy books until you are ready to use them. Do not lick the backing when you want to use your stickers. Use a spray bottle filled with water or wet your finger with water and run it on the backing to activate the adhesive.
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon flavoring extract
- 4 tablespoons boiling water
1. Put the boiling water in a small container and add the gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Add the corn syrup and the flavoring and thoroughly mix. Paint the backs of your cut out pictures with the sticker gum, ensuring that you coat each picture from edge to edge. Allow the stickers to dry completely. Wet the sticker gum when you are ready to use them.
- 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
- ½ teaspoon corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon lemon extract (you can also use rootbeer, strawberry or orange or whatever flavor you like)
- I tablespoon cold water
- 3 tablespoon boiling water
- Put the cold water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on it. Put aside to allow the gelatin to go soft.
- In another bowl, add the boiling water and pour the softened gelatin. Stir completely until the gelatin is dissolved. Quickly add the corn syrup and flavoring and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Brush the mixture thinly on the backs of the pictures that you have collected. Leave the stickers to air dry. Moisten the backs when you are ready to apply, just like a stamp.
You do not need to feel frustrated when you see beautiful pictures in magazines from now on. You can just make a batch of your favorite sticker backing gum recipe anytime and stick away. Keep leftover gum in a tightly sealed container. It will gel but you can activate it again by placing the container in hot water.