When you’re looking to dress up your car bumper, locker, notice board or just about any other surface, stick with stickers. While you can certainly buy just about any kind of sticker under the Sun, pre-made stickers can feel generic, especially if you start seeing them everywhere. Instead, take advantage of your computer’s Microsoft Word software to create your own stickers. With a little creativity, you can print custom stickers in Word. In a few quick clicks, you’ll be ready to go out and sticker your town.
Open Word, click on the “Tools” menu, click “Letters and Mailings” and select “Envelopes and Labels.”
Select the “Labels” tab and click the image of the lined label in the bottom right corner of the window to open the label chooser. Scroll through the label size options and click one that fits the sticker paper you chose. For stickers the size of an average mailing label, look for dimensions of 1 in. by 2.63 in.
Click the “OK” button. Click the “New Document” button and a new Word document opens on the screen, divided into sticker sections. If you chose the address labels, for example, your document would be split into 30 sticker sections--three columns and 10 rows.
Click into the top left sticker section on the page. Type your first name, favourite sports team, personal motto or any other text, then highlight the letters. Use the text toolbar at the top of the page to increase the font size, change the text to a bright colour and change the font.
Click into the next sticker section. Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art” to insert a photo, art or graphic. Type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box, such as “cat,” “balloon,” “football player” or “ballet dancer,” to find a suitable picture and click “Go.”
Scroll through the results and double-click an image to place it in the sticker space. Shrink it down to fit the sticker.
Click your cursor into the next sticker box if you wish to add a new picture. Scroll through the list of graphics and double-click a picture to add it to that sticker.
Add pictures or text to the stickers as desired.
Make a photo sticker by clicking into a new sticker, pulling down the “Insert” box, clicking “Picture” and selecting “From File.” Browse to a digital photo on your computer and double-click the file name to open the photo onto your sticker. Press and hold the “Shift” key, grab a corner of the photo and shrink it down to fit the sticker. Click into a new sticker section to add another photo.
Load sticker paper into your printer and turn on the printer. Select the “File” menu and click “Print.” Select your printer from the options; it may already be the default. Nudge the “Number of copies” box up to the number of stickers to print. Click “OK” to print the stickers.
Sticker paper, or label paper, is sold at office supply stores and mass merchandisers. Sticker paper comes in many versions; the main size of the paper is 8.5 in. by 11 in. to fit a standard printer, but different packages are cut to fit labels of a variety of sizes. Choose sticker paper that goes with the size of the stickers you’re making so you don’t print across the cut label lines. For the most creative potential, purchase uncut sticker paper, which is one big 8.5 in. by 11 in. sticker sheet, print your stickers and cut around them.