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Make Your Own Stickers
In addition to being a home schooling mom, I am a Girl Scout troop leader, Sunday School teacher, and work in our Vacation Bible School classes in the summer. One of the things that I use as a motivational tool are stickers.
But, sometimes it is hard to find just the right sticker for the situation, and they can get expensive. Why not make your own? Use them on time-lines, in workbooks, as rewards, just to be goofy, etc.
Sticker Sticky Stuff
1 packet (1/4 oz.) unflavored gelatin (such as Knox)
1 T. cold water
3 T. boiling water
1/2 t. white corn syrup
1/2 t. lemon extract*
1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin into cold water. Put aside until soft.
2. Pour softened gelatin into boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
3. Add corn syrup and extract. Mix thoroughly.
4. Brush mixture thinly onto the back of picture that you want to turn into a sticker.
5. After is dry, you just moisten to apply.
Design your own stickers, print something from the computer, cut pictures from magazines, etc.
*You can make this fun by alternating the kind of extract you use....try orange, strawberry, or rootbeer for variation. But be careful, you might catch the kids licking all the sticky stuff off trying to find the flavor they like best. <smile> Another idea is to vary the extract flavoring by the subject of the stickers...use coconut for a tropical theme or peppermint for the Christmas holidays.
If you store the gum mixture (the sticky stuff) in a pill bottle or other airtight container, it will keep several months. It will gel, but to return to a liquid, just put the container in a bowl of hot water.
Yields about 4 oz.