Monday, June 13, 2011

Making Homemade Stickers

I've seen several recipes around for making homemade stickers and finally got around to trying it. It's super easy and combines a couple of my kids' favorite activities: cutting with scissors and licking things. Sounded like a winner for a Monday morning craft!

We gathered a couple of magazines, animal wrapping paper, and some scrapbook paper & punches, and I set my children to work cutting out pictures.

Now we needed “edible adhesive” to turn the pictures into stickers.

I combined:
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
4 TBSP boiling water
½ tsp corn syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
Another option: If you have a box of regular Jello around, try mixing 3 TBSP of the flavored gelatin powder with 1-2 TBSP boiling water. Add ½ tsp corn syrup if you like.

My kids used small paintbrushes to paint the gelatin onto the back of the stickers. We lay them on plastic cutting boards to dry. They will curl up a little. A half-hour later, they were ready to lick and stick.

We stuck the leftover stickers onto wax paper to use another day. Also, we found we could reheat the bowl of gelatin in the microwave or a double boiler when it started to get thick and gummy.

We'll definitely be doing this again some rainy day. It was a big hit at our house.


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