DIY Sticker Lesson Plan


  • Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create their own stickers by using adhesive papers
  • SWBAT design their own creations for stickers by using Gelli Arts® plates


  • How can you make stickers at home or at school without a printer?
  • Can students make their own unique stickers?
  • What are the uses for handmade stickers?


  • Gelli Arts® plate
  • Paints
  • Brayer
  • Texture tools (stencils, combs, bubble wrap, etc)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive sticker paper
  • Additionally: cut out punches in varying shapes and sizes, stamping pads, solvent inks (StazON), and other creative tools you might have to either make marks, add color, or cut into interesting shapes


Uses for making your own stickers include: colorful and functional additions to planners, notebooks, sketchbooks, fun gifts, stickers for laptops, books, tablets, collage pieces, and much more!


**Note there is no precise method to making stickers, the process is meant to be open ended for everyone to interpret.

So many of you are adding fun stickers to your planners and art journal pages. So why not make your own gel printed stickers!! I’m not the first to do this, but it’s such a cool idea!

All you need is label stock—and a scissors, or punches—and you’re ready to gel print and cut your way to a batch of fabulous unique stickers!

Monoprinting on full sheets of self-adhesive label stock (8.5″x11″) gives you the opportunity to cut it up into whatever shapes you want—or use punches.

Using die cut label stock is another great option. I experimented with both types, having discovered some very fun Avery label shapes at my local Staples. For gel printing on the die cut shapes, do not use the glossy labels—choose Matte White, White Textured or Kraft Brown for great results.

I started by printing with my 8″x10″ Gelli® plate—first covering half of a full label sheet, and printing a second pull on the unprinted half to get a bleed print on the entire label sheet (a bleed print has no margins—the paint goes to the edges). Then I added layers of stamped Gelli® Mini imprints, using different shaped Mini plates. But you can print on label paper with any Gelli® plates!

Overlap and layer your printed images. Create your prints using your favorite techniques and textures! This is a great time to experiment with abandon—the paper is going to be cut up anyway! Have fun with it!

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