Hi, I’m Mim! I’m a planning-obsessed, Award-Winning Online Business Owner, Author and 5-Star Planner Sticker Seller.
I help new sticker makers create planner stickers from scratch that stand out and sell … even if you’ve never made a sticker before!

How to Create a DIY Canva Sticker Template to Sell

Are you an Etsy seller looking to expand your product offerings? Consider creating a DIY Canva sticker template to sell!

Planner products are popular on Etsy, and DIY stickers are in high demand. By creating a template that customers can customize and print on their own, you can offer a unique and budget-friendly product.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps of creating a DIY Canva sticker template to sell.

Choose a Sticker Size and Shape

The first step in creating a DIY Canva sticker template is to decide on the size and shape of your sticker.

DIY Canva Sticker Template
Check out the simple steps to create a DIY Canva Sticker Template

Determine the size planner you are creating your DIY sticker template for, and use that as a guide for your sticker sizes and shapes.

For example, you can use the Happy Planner weekly and monthly spreads box sizes as your sticker template shape and size.

  • Boxes in the weekly view of the classic planner are 1.5″ by 2.5″
  • Boxes on the monthly spread of the classic planner are 1.58″ by 1.58″
  • Boxes on the weekly spread of the big monthly spread are 3.25″ by 1.9″
  • Boxes on the big monthly spread are 1.88″x 1.88″

You can do this for other popular planner brands such as Erin Condren.

You can also experiment with different shapes, such as hearts or stars, depending on your niche and what is trending. 

Once you’ve decided what sizes and shapes you want to add to your Canva template, create a blank design in size US Letter, or A4, in Canva.

Design Your Sticker Template

Next, it’s time to design your DIY sticker template. You can pre-fill the template with different shapes in a specific color palette, or you can use grid elements in Canva.

DIY Canva Sticker Template
How to create a DIY Canva Sticker Template

Need ideas for amazing color palettes? Try Coolors.co.

What are grids?

Grids give the customer the ability to drag and drop any image into the grid on the document so that they can create a really unique sticker for their planner (these are also called frames, but in order to get adjustable frames you will need to use grid elements in Canva).

You can also add text on top of the pre-filled stickers, or grids, that your customer can customize. Make sure to choose a text that’s easily customizable. 

Always use the free elements and fonts in Canva for designing your template. Your end buyer most likely will not have the Pro version of Canva and will be upset to learn that they will have to pay to download their template.

DIY Canva Sticker Template

Once you’re happy with your design, group all the elements together and duplicate the design to fill the canvas with as many stickers as possible.

Create the Blackout Template

If you do not want to make your customer print and then cut their stickers you will need to create a blackout template for them. This will provide them with a cut image. 

The blackout file creates “registration marks”. For example, a Cricut will scan the image, then line up the design to cut based on where those black lines are.

To create your blackout template, you will duplicate your original template page in Canva and then change all of the shape and grid elements to black. Make sure to delete the text and icons on any of the shapes and grids. It’s that easy!

DIY Canva Sticker Template

Once you are done creating your blackout file you will need to save it down as a PNG and an SVG with a transparent background. Note that you can only save files with a transparent background in the Pro version of Canva.

How to Share Your DIY Canva Sticker Template

Now that you’ve designed your sticker template, it’s time to add the template link to a design that you will download as a PDF and upload to your Etsy listing.

Make sure to include instructions on how to customize the sticker, such as changing the color, editing the text, and dragging photos into the grids. 

You can create instructions in Canva, a Word document, or as a video. Add the link to the video onto your PDF upload file.

When your PDF is complete, name your file and download. 

Create a Product Listing

The final step in creating a DIY Canva sticker template to sell is to create a product listing on Etsy or your e-commerce platform of choice. 

When creating listing images, make sure to show what the template looks like before it is customized and an idea of what it will look like after customization.

Provide step-by-step instructions for best use on a listing image, as well as other important info such as the size of each sticker and what types of planners the stickers can be used in.

Finally, make sure to specify that this is a DIY template for use in the free version of Canva.

Once your listing images are uploaded, and your description is filled out, make sure to upload your PDF file(s) to the product listing. Your files could include your PDF with the Canva template link and any blackout files you created.

Market Your Sticker Template

After you have SEO optimized your product listing, you may want to market your DIY sticker template.

Share it on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. You can also offer a discount code to your followers to encourage them to make a purchase. 

Additionally, consider partnering with influencers or bloggers in your niche to showcase your sticker template and drive sales.

Final Thoughts: Creating a DIY Canva Sticker Template to Sell

Creating a DIY Canva sticker template to sell is a fun and unique way to expand your product offerings as an Etsy seller. 

By following these steps, you can design a customizable sticker template that your customers will love.

Remember to research what stickers are in demand and trending before you create your template. 

Use shapes and colors that buyers on Etsy will love using in their planners.

With these tips, you’ll be on your way to success in selling DIY sticker templates!

Ready to Start Making Canva Stickers?

If you’re looking for pre-made Canva Sticker Templates, check mine out here in this blog post or here to buy them!

You can use these done-for-you Canva sticker templates to make stickers for yourself or to sell the stickers.

Paper Planner Club - Canva Planner Sticker Templates by Mim Jenkinson
Make your own stickers with my done-for-you Canva planner sticker templates!

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I hope this post inspires you to create a DIY Canva sticker templates to sell!


I hope you enjoy learning how to make planner stickers or how to start a sticker business!

I’ve been making and selling stickers for journals and planners since 2016 and it’s become a wonderful and creative way to turn my hobby into a side hustle, then full-time online business.

Whether you want to make Cricut stickers, Silhouette stickers or you’re starting from complete scratch, you’re in the right place. Making planner stickers can be for you, or to start an Etsy sticker shop and sell stickers online and you don’t need any previous experience to get started.

Want to make planner stickers from home? Check out my sticker making courses, eBooks and other products here!

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