Have you ever found a cute set of stickers that you thought wanted to use, but were put off because they were, well – stickers? Perhaps you thought they would be good game pieces, or song props, or manipulatives, but wished they a)were not sticky on the back or b)did not have a sticker backing on them? Here’s a tip that I learned from my scrapbooking days for making stickers unsticky. All you need are the stickers and some baby powder.
Here’s how it works:
- Choose your stickers. In this instance I was using these felt stickers that I wanted to be counters for my Monster Math Mats.
2)Remove the sticker backing:
3) Sprinkle some baby powder onto a piece of scrap paper:
4) Lay the sticker down on the powder, sticky side down:
5) Move the sticker gently around in the powder to coat the back evenly.
6) “Thunk” the sticker gently with your finger to remove excess powder.
7) Voila – your sticker is now “destickified”.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are “destickifying” a sticker with a more porous surface (like these felt stickers), you might need several coats of powder, or need to let the sticker set for a little bit with the powder on them to allow the adhesive to absorb the powder. I found that without several coats of powder, these felt eyes were still a little tacky. Regular paper or plastic stickers won’t have this problem.
Also, if you are using felt stickers like these, be careful to avoid getting the powder on the front of the stickers, since the felt will “grab” the powder a little bit.
So, there you go. A way to make stickers unsticky.