How to Make Printable Planner Stickers FREE Guide

If you’re interested in making or using printable planner stickers, you’re in the right place!

First up, why should you think about making your own planner stickers?

Well, using printable stickers for planner decoration and organization is a great way of saving money. The cost of buying pre-made stickers can really stack up and some stickers in kits might get wasted.

Below, I’ll guide you through some basic steps on:

  • how to use printable planner stickers
  • how to make your own planner stickers
  • how to print printable planner stickers
  • how to cut printable planner stickers

Plus, as well as how to print and cut stickers, I have some tips on where to find the best printable planner stickers too!

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Printable Planner Stickers - Watercolour Wash from Paper Planner Club
Printable Planner Stickers – Watercolour Wash Sticker Kit from Paper Planner Club

Let’s start at the beginning:

1. What are Printable Planner Stickers?

Planner stickers are small decorative stickers that are used to decorate and personalize planner pages or calendars and printable stickers can be printed and cut by customers at home. They’re digital downloads that can be downloaded instantly or delivered to your inbox from the shop you’ve purchased them from, e.g. Etsy.

These stickers can be printed out on the sticker paper of your choice and used in a physical planner, scrapbook or journal. Printable planner stickers often include a variety of designs, such as decorative boxes, washi, icons, and other labels and they can be used to organize and decorate your fave planner.

Printable planner stickers typically come in the form of a PDF, PNG, JPG file (or cut files for Silhouette and Cricut) and they can be printed on a home printer or at a local print shop.

They can be used to mark important dates, events, or appointments, or to highlight specific tasks or goals. Planner stickers can come in a variety of colors, designs, and shapes, and are typically made of white sticker paper.

Some planner stickers are functional, such as those that have a specific purpose or message, while others are purely decorative (and pretty!) and used to add a personal touch to a planner. Some people use planner stickers to help them stay organized, while others use them as a creative outlet or a way to express their personal style. Or like me, some use them for so much more!

Planner sticker sizing varies a lot and they can come in a wide range of designs, from simple and functional to more decorative and creative. Some common types of planner stickers include:

  • Date and event stickers: These stickers typically have a specific date or message written on them, and are used to mark important events or deadlines on a planner or calendar.
  • Task stickers: These stickers are used to mark specific tasks or goals, and can help with prioritization and time management.
  • Decorative stickers: These stickers are purely decorative, and are used to add a personal touch or a pop of color to a planner. They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, and can be used to match a particular theme or color scheme.

2. How to Use Planner Stickers

First, you’ll decide which stickers you want to use and where you want to place them in your planner. Maybe you’ll pick a specific theme, like Christmas or a holiday, or a color palette.

You’ll peel the stickers off of the backing paper in turn and carefully place them in the desired location in your planner. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles to ensure that the sticker is securely in place and so you can easily write on the relevant ones.

If you are using stickers to mark important dates or tasks, you’ll write the information next to the sticker or on top of it. This will help you stay organized and ensure that you don’t miss anything important!

You can use different colors and styles of stickers to differentiate between different types of tasks or events. For example, you could use red stickers for important deadlines and green stickers for appointments. Do you color code in your planner? Swap your colored pens for stickers!

You can also use stickers to create a visual representation of your schedule or to-do list. For example, you could use a sticker with a picture of a lightbulb to represent an idea, or a sticker with a picture of a heart to represent a personal event.

Printable stickers are a great way to both organise and decorate your planner. A weekly or monthly printable planner sticker kit includes stickers you can use to:

There are also many back to school printable planner stickers to log your lessons, homework, study times, exams, terms and school holidays.

Workwise, perhaps your stickers can help you to plan for tracking your projects, To Do list, meetings, phone calls and events.

Can you see how using stickers can really help to organise all aspects of your life?

The great benefit of printable planner stickers is that you only need to print and cut what you need. You will waste less ink, time and money this way – it’s so much more cost effective! I love making my own affordable planner stickers.

Related: How I Started Making Planner Stickers

3. How to Make Planner Stickers at Home

Making planner stickers at home is a super fun and creative way to customize your planner and make it your own – I’ve been making my own stickers for years and I’ve taught over 4000 people to make their own in my sticker-making courses and eBooks. Find out more about them here – you could start making your own stickers today!

Here’s how you can get started to make your own planner stickers at home:

  1. Get the tools: To make planner stickers, you will need white stickers paper, a printer, and a computer or device with a design program or app. You can also use markers, colored pencils, or other art supplies to color in or decorate your stickers.
  2. Choose your designs: Think about the types of stickers you want to make such as functional stickers, to-do lists or habit tracker stickers. Or do you want to make decorative stickers, such as images using clip art of or patterns? Choose a design that reflects your own personal style and the kind of stickers you want to use in your planner, journal or scrapbook.
  3. Create your first design: Use a design program or app to create your stickers. You can use a program like Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space (I teach both, here!) to create custom designs. Choose the colors and fonts that you love to start creating your stickers.
  4. Print your stickers: Once you have created your sticker sheet, print it out onto white sticker paper.
  5. Cut out your stickers: You could use a cutting machine such as a Silhouette or Cricut or use a pair of scissors, paper cutter or a craft knife to carefully cut out your stickers.
  6. Use your stickers: Position and stick the stickers into your planner, journal or scrapbook!

I’ve been making Cricut and Silhouette planner stickers for a few years and I design my own stickers using Silhouette Studio and Cricut Design Space.

I started with the free Silhouette software but have also used both the Business and Designer editions. The free version is more than sufficient to make planner stickers.

In the beginning, I had no idea that a sticker maker machine even existed and it baffled me on how people could make and cut them! I thought there must be a magical sticker printer that print stickers and cutter machine to cut them. Then I discovered the Silhouette and later, the Cricut.

Related: Essential Tools To Make Planner Stickers + Free Guide

You can buy a Silhouette Portrait online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

You can buy a Cricut online here, here on Amazon Australiahere in the US and here in the UK.

The Silhouette isn’t a sticker printing machine as such, it’s art and sticker design software to design your own planner stickers and a sticker cutting machine to cut them after they’re printed. It isn’t just sticker maker software, it does SO much more.

4. Designing Each Sticker

I started by measuring my planner and working out what sizes I wanted my stickers to be, such as:

  • Full boxes
  • Half and quarter boxes
  • Checklists
  • Sidebar stickers
  • Washi

I started out designing with very basic shapes using different colours and the free patterns provided in the software. Then I started experimenting with more complicated sticker designs and got hooked!

Over time, I got much quicker and learned how to create multiple different kinds of stickers very quickly with no stress. I share all of my tips in this course.

Being able to make my own planner sticker range has saved me money and helped me start my own shop, Paper Planner Club and print my own stickers! Buying Erin Condren planner stickers online is expensive – although I still do (I can’t help myself!) and you can see my fave planner sticker stores on Etsy here!

5. Create Reusable Sticker Templates

Once you have created a printable planner sticker template once, you can also reuse it many times. For example, I have created a basic Weekly Kit template and simply change up the colours and patterns to create a whole new kit!

To create planner sticker templates:

  1. Open your design software and create a new document and then set the dimensions to the size of your planner stickers.
  2. Decide on the layout of your stickers. E.g. how many stickers will fit on one sheet?
  3. Design your stickers! Use different sizes, shapes, text, and images to create the look you want.
  4. When you are happy with your sticker sheet design, save it as a template that you can reuse over and over again.

Or, you can grab by pre-made sticker sheet templates here!

Next, here are some general tips on how to print your own stickers at home:

6. How to Print Planner Stickers

To print planner stickers, you will need:

  1. A printer
  2. Sticker paper in A4 or Letter size
  3. A computer or laptop
  4. Your completed sticker sheet!

Here is a step-by-step guide for printing planner stickers:

  1. Open your design software and the sticker sheet you wish to print out.
  2. Load your sticker paper into your printer.
  3. Print your stickers by going to File > Print or by pressing Ctrl + P.
  4. Carefully cut out your stickers using a cutting machine, craft knife or scissors.
  5. Enjoy using your stickers!

I don’t know if there’s a best printer for stickers for how to print stickers at home – so many will work just fine. The best printer for sticker printing might depend on if you want to use an Ink Jet or Laser printer. I’ve used an affordable inkjet printer for years when making mine.

If you have found the best printer for printing planner stickers, share in the Comments!

Paper Planner Club I Love You Weekly Kit Sticker Kit
Paper Planner Club I Love You Weekly Kit Sticker Kit

Where to Buy Sticker Paper

Sticker paper for planner stickers can be purchased at office supply stores, art supply stores, and online retailers. Here are a few places where you can buy sticker paper:

  1. Amazon: Amazon has a huge selection of sticker paper, including clear, matte, and glossy options.
  2. Staples: Staples sells a variety of sticker paper, including options for laser and inkjet printers. Pick the one that’s right for your printer.
  3. Office Depot: Office Depot carries sticker paper in various sizes and finishes, including white, clear, and glossy.
  4. Michaels: Michaels sells sticker paper in various colors and finishes too.
  5. Etsy: Etsy is an online marketplace where you can find a wide range of sticker paper, including options that are specifically designed for planner stickers.

Before purchasing your sticker paper, check it’s compatible with your printer and the type of stickers you want to create.

I share my unicorn premium matte sticker paper with you in my course, The Sticker Plan! It’s the best sticker paper for planner stickers I have used and has 5-star feedback from my customers.

Some sticker printer paper isn’t cheap so if you’re on a tight budget, you can always print your own stickers on blank paper and use glue. It’s time-consuming and a bit messy though! However, it’s one option for how to make stickers without sticker paper.

6. How to Cut Planner Stickers

If you want to use a cutting machine, such as a Cricut or Silhouette, you can use these to cut out your stickers. Just load the sticker paper into the machine and use the software to print and cut out the stickers. Or you can use scissors or a craft knife.

CLICK HERE TO GET MY FULL PRINT AND CUT INSTRUCTIONS

Most printables kits include paid or free printable planner stickers with cut files, as mentioned above. Some might have specific printable planner stickers for Cricut or Silhouettes but most can be cut with either, or by hand.

This is how you can download printable planner stickers from my Shop and how to cut them with a Silhouette. I send my printables in a Zip file with instructions on how to cut stickers.

After you have unzipped the file, you’ll see it contains the following formats of the printables so you can choose the one you want to use:

  • Planner sticker PDF
  • JPG
  • PNG and Blackout Files
  • FREE Silhouette Studio file showing cut lines

It’s easy to print the bought or free printable planner stickers PDF version and cut the stickers out with scissors however I like to open the Silhouette or Cricut software and print from there. I can then use my Silhouette or Cricut to cut the stickers using the cut file provided from whoever I’ve got the sticker files from.

You can buy a Silhouette Portrait online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

You can buy a Cricut online here, here on Amazon Australiahere in the US and here in the UK.

Summary of How to Make Printable Planner Stickers

I hope the tips above have helped you learn the basics on how to make your own planner stickers.

Learning how to make your own stickers at home will definitely save you money but it’s also so much fun too. You might unlock a creative side that you didn’t know you had!

Before you invest in any of the equipment above and start learning how to make printable stickers, really think about how often you will print and cut your own stickers. I wouldn’t recommend investing in these unless you plan to use them a lot.


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Let me know if you end up making your own printable planner stickers! Originally published on Oct 14th 2018 and updated on April 27th 2020.

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