Making stickers out of recycled paper

Stickers

I recently discovered this great tutorial by Amanda Wood on how to make lovely stickers from recycled paper. The best thing about it is that the tutorial uses one of my favourite things – envelopes with funky security patterns. How could I resist!

You will need:

For the glue:
6 tbsp white vinegar
4 packages of unflavoured gelatin
1 tbsp flavouring such as peppermint, lemon or vanilla extract

For the stickers:
foam paint brush
security envelopes or other papers from the recycling bin (enough glue for about 20 envelopes)
paper punch (I used a 2″ scalloped circle punch in the picture)
sponge for moistening stickers

– – – – – – – – – –

First of all you need to make the glue, so bring the vinegar to boil in a small pan. Add the gelatin and stir the mixture until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add the flavouring of your choice. Stir this in well and then transfer to a jar or small pot to cool. It’s important to use up the glue before it cools completely as it gets thick and difficult to spread, so make sure you have everything ready to go.

If you don’t want to go to all the hassle of making glue, you could always use ‘lick n stick’ glue – it’s the stuff I use for my recycled envelopes and you can get it here. It’s called Re-Moistenable Envelope Adhesive and comes with an in built sponge applicator. Great stuff

– – – – – – – – – –

To make the stickers, take apart your chosen envelopes and open them up flat. With your paintbrush paint a thin layer of the cooled glue on to the unpatterned side of the envelopes and allow to dry completely – if you’re impatient like me you could speed up the process and use a hairdrier. The other option is to do the gluing in the evening and leave to dry over night and finish of the project the following morning.

– – – – – – – – – –

Next you get creative with paper punches – you can use whatever size or shaped punches you like.

I’ve got hearts and circles and so that’s what I’ll be making my stickers with. I’m also not going to stick to just envelopes, but make some from maps and music as well.

Stickers