6 Steps to Making Your Own Bumper Stickers

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Bumper stickers are a great way to personalize your car and, let’s face it, who doesn’t chuckle over a well done bumper sticker when they are stuck in traffic. There are many companies that will let you design your own stickers but you can do this yourself at home. Creating your own bumper sticker is the best way to be able to create anything you want instead of being locked into choices based on other people’s designs.

Step 1 - Get Your Supplies

You will need the right kind of paper to make bumper stickers. This paper can be found at your local office supply store and is a special type of contact paper. So your sticker peels off and can easily be stuck to your bumper. If you plan on making a lot then you should look into buying the paper in bulk.

Step 2 - Use Your Computer

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Designing your own bumper sticker can be easily done on your computer. You do not even need any fancy software as you can create your bumper sticker on PowerPoint. However, for truly great results, look into a design program or photo program such as Photoshop. Also your bumper sticker can look great on the screen but, if you are not printing on a good printer, then you will have a problem.

Step 3 - Print

You will have to go into your printer and page setup options to make sure you are printing on the right size paper. If you do not already have a preset option then you can set up your own custom size. After you have printed it you need to let it set for about 20 minutes. After this time rinse any extra ink off with water. The water will not damage the sticker because the paper is waterproof. Allow for the sticker to dry again.

Step 4 - Final Touches

Once the sticker is completely dry you can cut it out and place a piece of self sticking laminate over the top. You need to do this carefully to avoid any air bubbles. For the laminate to completely adhere, you should leave it for about an hour. It is also a good idea to use a UV spray so the bumper sticker does not fade. You will need to completely saturate the sticker and let it dry for several hours. Once it is dry your sticker is ready to be put on your car.

Step 5 - Bumper Sticker Content

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When using images and phrases or images on your bumper stickers they cannot be copyrighted or be associated with royalties. You can get in a lot of trouble if someone sees your bumper sticker. You can easily determine what phrases to avoid by searching online.

Step 6 - Use a Web Based Company

You can also find websites that will easily let you design your bumper sticker and then print and send it to you. This can be a great way to get professional looking bumper stickers without the hassle of dealing with printing and mounting them on the correct paper. If you watch out for specials and sales you can get custom made bumper stickers for low prices. However, these online services are best if you want large quantities of the same bumper sticker. If you just want to make one or two then making them at home is your best choice.