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Sticker Seal Gum

What you will make:

Follow this recipe to make homemade seal gum for stickers and envelopes. With this adhesive you will be able to make your own stickers from ordinary paper. Use the seal gum on clip-art, pictures cut from wrapping paper, images made from rubber stamps, or on drawings of your own design.

This lick and stick adhesive also works great on handmade envelopes. Just spread the seal gum on the envelope flap and let it dry. When you are ready to use the envelope, just lick it and stick it!

Related crafts: Check out the Sticker Fun craft project to see how to design and make your own custom stickers. For envelope patterns and instructions for making an envelope in any size, see the Envelopes to Make craft project.

Caution: Recipe uses boiling water. Adult supervision is required!

Ingredients:
  • 1 packet (¼ ounce) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • ½ teaspoon white corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract

This recipe is rated EASY to make.

How to Make Sticker Seal Gum

Read all of the directions before starting.
  1. In a very small bowl (custard bowls and coffee cups work well), sprinkle gelatin into cold water. Let soften for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour boiling water into softened gelatin and stir until dissolved. (If you have trouble getting it to dissolve, bring it to a boil in the microwave in just a few seconds.)
  3. Add corn syrup and lemon extract. Mix well. (The corn syrup and lemon extract are for taste and can be omitted.)

To use it: Brush gum thinly on the back of the sticker. The stickers will curl as they dry. This is okay. When dry, store your stickers in a plastic bag or a small box. To use, moisten the sticker's back and apply it to paper.

Tip: The gum will gel overnight. Return it to a liquid state by placing the container of seal gum in a pan of hot water. Store the seal gum in a small jar in the refrigerator.

That's it! Now make some stickers!
Homemade stickers - stamped and printed

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Stickers made using rubber stamps

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Tip: It's easy to make stickers by stamping images on paper, maybe adding a bit of color, cutting or punching out any shape you want, then applying seal gum to the back.

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