How to make your own cricket bat stickers

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How to make your own cricket bat stickers
Traditional cricket bats may be personalised with stickers. (cricket batsman man batting side image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

Enliven your cricket game by personalising your paddle with stickers. Cricket, a traditional English game, still thrives today, but now players showcase their personality by stylising their bats with stickers. Stickers may be ordered online or made at home. The flat part of a typical cricket bat measures approximately 2 inches wide and 22 inches long, giving you plenty of room to decorate with either a single sticker or multiple stickers. Make your own stickers for your cricket bat and go to bat in style.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cricket bat
  • Scissors
  • Carpet tape
  • Household cleaning spray
  • Acrylic spray
  • Ruler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wipe the bat with a soft cloth to remove large pieces of dirt and debris. Then use a household cleaner to wipe the surface again. Stickers adhere more easily to a clean surface.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Stickers adhere to clean surfaces. (glass cleaner image by Randy McKown from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Using the paper on which you want to create your sticker design (either coloured or white), sketch out the dimensions of the cricket bat to establish your workable area.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Use a ruler to measure out the dimensions of your sticker. (ruler and pencil image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Draw your personal sticker design within the marked area.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Draw a creative sticker design. (draw ii image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Adhere carpet tape (double-sided tape) to the back of the paper on which you have drawn your sticker. For a 4-inch sticker, use two pieces of 2-inch wide tape to cover the back surface. Make sure that the tape extends to the end of the image, covering the entire picture backing. This creates the sticky side of your homemade sticker.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Use tape to create the sticky side of your sticker. (plastic tape image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut around your image, creating the desired sticker size for your bat.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Scissors cut the sticker to size. (scissors image by Pefkos from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Coat the custom sticker with acrylic spray to make it more robust for outdoor play.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Acrylic spray will extend the life of your sticker (spray image by Dragana Petrovic from Fotolia.com)
  7. 7

    Remove carpet tape backing by peeling it off, and adhere your homemade sticker to the clean surface of your cricket bat.

    How to make your own cricket bat stickers
    Personalise your cricket bat with your homemade sticker (About Cricket - Milan 16 image by fotoliamemberN from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Use plastic carpet tape, as opposed to cloth carpet tape, which can be difficult to cut.
  • Use wider carpet tape for fewer gaps between tape. For large stickers, an acceptable gap is an eighth of an inch. For a cricket bat size, use two pieces of 2-inch wide tape.
  • The acrylic spray does not make your sticker waterproof. Wipe bat after each use to prolong the life of your stickers.
  • Use acrylic spray in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhalation.

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