How To: Make a Bumper Sticker
After you use this guide, your ad will get stuck in your customers' heads.

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A great way to advertise is to use bumper stickers. They are easy to make. They offer a cheap way to get your message across. They look cool. They’re sticky. I could go on and on.

Instead of me rambling about my love of bumper stickers, check out this tutorial, which will show you how to make your own!

Before starting any project, sketch out a plan. Decide on your message, colors and layout.

Also, go ahead and purchase the bumper sticker paper you will use. You can find it at office supply or stationary stores.

A standard bumper sticker is about four inches by 11 inches.

You can use any design software you have on your computer (even Microsoft Word) to create a digital version of your design. I used Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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TIP: Leave at least an eighth of an inch border.

Place your images, illustrations and/or text within the design area. Double check for spelling or grammar mistakes.

Use a text color that contrasts with the background color. Make sure the font is easily legible.

TIP: Images should be at least 300 DPI.

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Print your sticker on plain paper to make sure it looks right and the margins line up with the bumper sticker paper.

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If there are no more edits, print on the bumper sticker paper.

TIP: Try using a clear liquid laminate or even clear shelf liner paper.

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Now that you have your bumper sticker ready, hand them out all over town. Next time you can try creating stickers with your logo, web address and phone number to advertise your business everywhere you drive.

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  1. ahh, ried to make a my own sticker like this once and shoulnt do it

  2. bumper stickers are pretty dumb

    • Kenny Austin
      Kevin Austin (

      True, there are some pretty terrible bumper stickers out there, but there are some good ones too!