How to Design Party Favor Stickers

by Filonia LeChat, Demand Media

    One of the best perks of being a party guest is the loot bag memento of the event. Providing fun gift bag fodder doesn't have to result in the host going broke -- instead, get stuck on stickers for a long-lasting, inexpensive party favor. Design party favor stickers with the aid of one of a number of computer programs. Let your creativity run free or rely on a quick go-to image when party time is drawing near. After creating a sheet of stickers, all that's left is to print multiple copies, cut up and sprinkle into favor bags to really "stick" it to your party guests.

    Using Word

    Step 1

    Open Word. Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Shapes" button below the tab. Click the smiley face shape, or any shape you prefer for the stickers. Note the cursor changes to a plus sign.

    Step 2

    Click and drag to form the first sticker on the Word page. The "Shape Tools" tab opens at the top of the work area. Change the sticker's color to match the party theme by clicking the "Shape Fill" button and choosing a new color, such as yellow. Click the "Shape Outline" button and select a new border color. Choose the same color for a solid shape.

    Step 3

    Click once on the shape to select it. Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on the keyboard to copy it. Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to paste in the copy. Drag it into the white space on the Word page.

    Step 4

    Change the sticker for a variety per page by using the color fill options on the "Shape Tools" tab or by clicking a corner of the box surrounding the shape and dragging it in or out to resize it. Continue copying and pasting the sticker until the whole Word page is full.

    Step 5

    Click the "File" tab. Click "Save As." Type a title for the sticker page and click the "Save" button.

    Using Paint

    Step 1

    Open Paint. Click the "Paint" button and select "Properties." Type "8.5" into the "Height" box and "11" into the "Width" box. Click the "Inches" radio button. Click the "OK" button.

    Step 2

    Choose a colored square from the "Colors" section. Click the text tool, which is the "A" in the "Tools" section. Choose a font and text size.

    Step 3

    Click the Paint canvas and type "Thanks for coming to my party!," "Max's Birthday!," "Happy Halloween" and other party-related messages.

    Step 4

    Change colors in the "Colors" section and fonts to vary the sticker appearance. Continue clicking the text tool in white space on the canvas to fill with more word stickers.

    Step 5

    Click the Paint button. Click "Save As." Enter a name for the sticker sheet and click "Save."

    Using Photoshop

    Step 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Click "File." Click "New." Enter "PartyStickers" into the "Name" box. Enter "8.5" and "11" in the "Width" and "Height" boxes respectively. Select "inches" from the drop-down menu and click the "OK" button.

    Step 2

    Click the "File" menu again. Click "Open." Browse to an image to turn into a sticker such as the birthday child or a holiday-themed picture and double-click the name of the file. Click the "Select" menu and click "All." When lines surround the image, press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys to copy it. Click back to the "PartyStickers" box and press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste in the copy.

    Step 3

    Resize the sticker so there's room for multiple stickers on the page by clicking the "Edit" menu, selecting "Transform," clicking "Scale," pressing the "Shift" key and dragging a corner of the sticker in towards its middle to shrink it. Position it in the top-left corner of the "PartyStickers" page.

    Step 4

    Repeat the file, open and copy process to paste additional stickers onto the canvas until it is full.

    Step 5

    Click the "File" tab. Select "Save As," choose a destination to save the file and click the "Save" option.

    About the Author

    Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.