How to Make Sticker Labels Without Sticker Paper

Custom labels are a great way to promote your business. It doesn’t matter the size of your company, using labels as a branding tool is one of the most effective methods of creating awareness of your brand.

What do you do if you don’t have sticker paper? While using sticker paper will make your life easier, labels can still be printed without it. Using sticker paper for labels adds up quickly, but luckily we know a few workarounds. If you want to know how to make the best custom labels, grab your supplies and get creative.

Biodegradable paper sheet labels with rounded corners applied to a cardboard box used as an address label

What Are Labels? 

Labels are self-adhesive pieces of plastic or paper that usually come printed on sheets or rolls that are customised to fit the identity of your business and what it stands for. Stickers and labels are very similar in nature. Their only difference is that stickers are individually cut, while labels are prepared in big sheets or on rolls of paper. All in all, both are excellent methods of marketing and branding. 

Customised labels allow you to be in full control of the printing process. You can include company logos, colours, and other branding information in your custom-made labels. They can be printed on any material and can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you want to make a label for your business, make sure your labels fit the principles of your business and communicate its identity effectively. 

How Are Labels Made Without Sticker Paper? 

If you are wondering how to make label stickers without sticker paper, it is actually pretty easy and fun. First, gather the supplies. You will need:

  • A printer
  • A pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife
  • Tape
  • Wax paper

Design your label 

Using any software program, such as Adobe Photoshop or Canva, develop the design of your labels. You can also hire a graphic designer to do it for you. Make sure that the file size is big enough so that it can be easily printed. 

Print and Cut

Once your design is complete, print it out on a regular sheet of printer paper. Set the colours in your design to CMYK, not RGB, for the best possible result. Make sure to not print double sided pages. Cut out the label with scissors or an X-Acto knife. 


One option is to use glue or double-sided tape to attach it to your intended surface. However, you can also place the stickers between a base layer, which can be of plastic or wax paper, and a top layer, which ideally should be tape. The tape will adhere the design to the product or surface while maintaining its integrity with that protective outer layer.

Alternatively, you can use iron backing for clothes if you want to print your design on fabric. Make sure that your design fits within the iron backing before printing it out onto the fabric itself.

Die-Cut Labels

If you want to promote your business, then consider using die cut labels instead of traditional stickers made from sticker paper. They are easier to apply because they don't require any sort of adhesive. Plus, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, which makes them perfect for businesses looking to add value to their branding efforts.

Sticker it, Your Way

Stickers might not be the most essential part of your business, but they are a great way to promote brand awareness. You can include them in your orders and packages as a way to thank your customers, hand them out at an event or stick them on the products themselves as a way of marketing and branding.

Labels are an excellent way for businesses to promote themselves and stand out from the competition. While traditional labels may require sticker paper, there are plenty of alternatives available. If you're looking for a new way to increase your brand’s awareness while innovating, give custom labels a try!

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