DIY Stickers for Imaginative Play

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Help jumpstart a child’s imagination with a set of my Me and My Peeps Therm-O-Web Clear rubber stamps and a Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine!

Have you ever noticed how sometimes it takes both children and adults a few minutes to get their imaginations flowing? I’ve found that sometimes a blank sheet of paper and something to color with can be a little intimidating. But creativity and imaginative play are both so important for brain development and building confidence in kids so I wanted to create something to help get those imaginations going! Let’s Make some DIY Stickers!

What You’ll Need

Supplies you'll need to create the family picture: Me and My Peeps Clear Stamps from Therm-O-Web, Xyron Create-A-Sticker, Black Ink Stamp Pad, Colored Pencils, White Sheet of Paper, Background printable.

Me and My Peeps Clear Stamps from Therm-O-Web
Xyron Create-A-Sticker Make
White Card Stock or Heavy Paper (I even created a fun free printable background to help you get started!)
Scissors
Ink Pad for Stamps – I like this one for kids because it has a large surface area.
Colored Pencils

About the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Maker

  • No electricity required. Simply turn the knob and start applying adhesive to items up to 5″ wide.
  • Create stickers in a snap. Place the item in the Create-A-Sticker, turn the knob, and then tear and peel sticker. It’s that easy!
  • No heat, electricity, or messy glue required. Apply acid-free, non-toxic adhesive for sleek, professional results.
  • Add adhesive to paper, photos, labels, die cuts, and other embellishments
  • Comes pre-loaded with 10 feet of non-toxic, acid-free, permanent adhesive
  • Permanent and repositionable 20 foot adhesive drop-in refills are sold separately

Setting Your Child Up For Success

I wanted to make it really easy for you to set your child up for success with this project so I designed a free printable background. Grab the link for it at the end of this post.

Once you’ve printed off the background, if you’re child is old enough they can do the stamping themselves, or for really little ones, you can pre-stamp the white sheet of paper and give it to them to color.

Once they’re done coloring, it’s time to turn their stamped imaged into stickers! Kids love getting involved in this step and watching it come together. You or the child can fussy cut around the edge of the stamped image in order for each image to be it’s own sticker with the Xyron Create-A-Sticker. This machine is amazing!

With the Xyron Create-A-Sticker, you simply line up the paper or flat object that you’d like to turn into a sticker and turn the knob on the side and after a few turns you’ve got yourself a sticker!

Paper Cutouts being fed into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker to turn them into stickers

Once all the pieces have been fed through the machine, you can remove the stop clear plastic sheet and give the child their stickers for them to place on the background image they colored along with the stamps.

Making Stickers

For MORE details on making the stickers, check out this fun post. Once the sticker making process is learned, I find it awesome to make stickers out of ALL of the things.

Background to Use with DIY Stickers

Grab the free printable background to download and use with this project. It could also be used to color and journal on.

Best Ways to Use Free Printables

You might have seen this list from me before but I think it is worth sharing over and over. Sometimes the people in the back need to hear things a few times, right?  There are so many great ways to use free printables.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • Print them and mail in an envelope with a stamp. Snail mail rocks.
  • Batch some up to make an activity book.  This is great for a road trip!
  • Print and use at a place setting on the table to create a conversation starter.
  • Add them to goody bags.  By the way, goody bags are not just for birthday parties.
  • Package them up with your favorite markers and crayons to give as a gift.
  • Drop a few off at the local coffee shop with fun pencils to spread some happy.
  • Cut them up to make cards, gift wrap and decorations.

BEST Tools For Working With Free Printables

These are my favorite tools and art supplies to use with free printables and why I love them too.

  1. Printer – This Laser Printer is inexpensive and works like a charm.  It even works with Alexa.  Bonus!
  2. Scissors – Lots of printables can be cut up to create decorations and cards and things like that.
  3. Markers and Crayons – All thing ooly work the best for me.  I LOVE all of their markers, pencils and crayons.
  4. Colored Pencils – For adult coloring, PRISM makes the colored pencils that I love to use most.
  5. Twine – For creating banners and garlands from printables, I love this twine best.
  6. Adhesive – Lots of printables have pieces that get cut out and put together.  This is my fave tape runner!

It turns out so cute, and kids can stamp all sorts of different people to make up their own family. The satisfaction on a little ones face after they’ve created something they’re proud of can’t be beat, and with these stamps and the Create-A-Sticker, they are well on their way to enjoying creativity!

Completed family picture using the Me and My Peeps stamp set from Therm-O-Web and the Xyron Create-A-Sticker

Sharing is Caring! Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later!  Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

How to Make DIY Stickers using Clear Stamps to Create Imaginative Play Craft Activity for Kids #laurakellydesigns #clearstamps #xyron #stickermaker

I would really love to hear what you think about this DIY Stickers idea! If you try it out, I would sure like to see it! Share on InstagramFacebook, or leave a comment/photo on the project pin on Pinterest! #LauraKellyDesigns

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XO,

Laura

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