How to make your own decal

Written by jennifer habersham
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Making your own decals is a fund and rewarding hobby. You can apply decals to crafts, models, car windows, candles, ornaments and just about anything else you can think of. Adding decals to items is a great way to personalise gifts. Decals are great for personalising items with your company logo. You can print just about any picture, word or phrase on a decal. Your imagination is you limit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer
  • Word processing software
  • Printer
  • Decal paper
  • Scissors
  • Small bowl
  • Warm water

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  1. 1

    Open your word processing software.

  2. 2

    Create an image or a phrase for your decal. With most word-processing software you can import photographs and unique fonts.

  3. 3

    Insert the decal paper into your printer and print out your image. Set aside and allow the image to dry for at least a minute.

  4. 4

    Cut out the image from the paper using your scissors.

  5. 5

    Fill your small bowl with warm water.

  6. 6

    Hold the decal between your thumb and index finger and submerge it into water. Do not let go.

  7. 7

    Pull the decal out and slowly slide your thumb over your fingers to remove the decal from its backing.

  8. 8

    Apply the decal to your object.

Tips and warnings

  • Print out your decal image on plain paper before you print on the decal paper. This will help you to determine if the image will appear the way you want.
  • Supervise children around scissors.

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