Children love stickers, and making their own is a really cool way of showing off their ideas. When my son was a little guy he had such a passion for them, they covered his closet door as high as he could reach. The fun part came when he grew up and wanted them removed. So choose carefully where you’d like to place these little designs, so you can avoid reaching for the heat gun and sand paper in a few years.
- transparent self-adhesive vinyl film
- pencil and paper
If you clicked on the link above for vinyl film you were probably horrified by the price, which is for the entire role. Fear not, one metre cost only $2.99, which is plenty for a few doodles.
Transparent film is a great way for children to create their own stickers. It’s also a great way to display their drawings, which can easily be added to windows, binders, walls and just about anywhere.
Begin by having them sketch out a few ideas on paper, and decide on the colours they would like to use. You will need permanent markers like Sharpies, which will properly adhere to the vinyl without beading up.
Now it’s simply a matter of drawing their designs onto the vinyl paper and cutting them out. Since the vinyl is transparent, they can leave a small edge around the drawing, which will make cutting easier. Once they know where they’re placing them, simply peel off the backing and press onto the surface. Keep in mind that markers can take a bit of time to dry on vinyl, so children should be reminded to avoid touching areas they have drawn, or smudging may occur.
Finally, low tack vinyl should be easy to remove from most surfaces, but make sure you find out from the store where you purchase it.