How to make your own window sticker

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How to make your own window sticker
Sun dragon decal (Illustration by Ryn Gargulinski)

If you love looking at your artwork and photos, stick them on your windows! Office supply and craft stores sell special window decal sheets that allow you to print window stickers of your very own customised designs. They work well in homes, and you can place them in car windows as long as they don't block the driver's view.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Sticker design
  • Computer, scanner and printer
  • Printer decal sheets

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create your sticker design. Either draw something and scan it into the computer, saving it as an image file, or pick an image, photo or illustration that you have permission to use. Don't steal copyrighted stuff. It's illegal.

  2. 2

    Create the sticker layout and preview it. Make sure your image is viewable on the computer screen and choose the "Print" option. Depending on the program, you'll typically find this under "File > Print" or by right-clicking your mouse. Choose "Print Preview" if available to make sure the sticker is centred and fits on the printable surface.

  3. 3

    Select the proper decal sheets. If you cannot find decal sheets at local stores, buy them online (see "Resources"). Pick those that match your type of printer, such as inkjet or laser.

  4. 4

    Print your decal. Insert the decal sheet. Select "Print," using "Photo" as the quality and "Transparency" as the paper type. You will find these in the printer's dialogue box under "Properties."

  5. 5

    Give your freshly printed sticker several minutes to dry. Cut out the image with as much border as you desire. Carefully peel off the backing and stick to the window.

Tips and warnings

  • Stick the decal on a window that is approximately room temperature. Glass that is too hot or too cold will cause the sticker to buckle and bubble.
  • You can skip the printer altogether, if desired, and draw directly on the inkjet decal sheets with a permanent marker or paint pen.
  • Decals can be for fun or for a purpose, such as "Fire Brigade: Please save pets inside," or "Beware of the 600-Pound Rottweiler."

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