Are you looking to add personal touches to your craft projects or make more professional looking gifts, labels, or greeting cards? Sticker making machines can make all of these dreams possible!
If you’ve taken the time to look online to have a sticker made, you probably noticed that the cost per item was high (typically around $0.70) and the production time was around 10 days. If you did some research, you would find that the cost of making your own sticker by buying a sticker making machine that includes an adhesive cartridge would cost you less than $0.15 per item.
There is a huge range of sticker making machines available today. To choose wisely, think about what you’re hoping to accomplish with your sticker making machine. Do you have a requirement about the size of the stickers? Will you be working with kids? Are your designs intricate? Do you need the machine to be portable and easy to move?
By thinking about all of these questions, you’ll be able to narrow down the best sticker making machine for you. To help you out, a list of the top five best sticker making machines has been included in this article, these machines range from $7 to $200.
Top 5 Best Sticker Making Machines
Xyron is known for making several inexpensive and easy to use sticker making machines. Their XRN 500 can make labels or stickers up to 1/16-inch-thick and five inches wide. You can make your stickers out of vinyl, ribbon, photographs, paper, and other materials.
This sticker making machine is portable, easy to use, and lightweight. You don’t need to use any electricity, batteries, or heat to use this machine.
All you have to do is feed your material (e.g., paper) in on one side and manually crank the machine to make the sticker. There is a strip that is perforated that allows you to pull off the appropriate sticker length on the other side.
This machine includes an 18-foot long roll of adhesive in a cartridge. The adhesive cartridges are easy to install. The cartridges are also available in repositionable and permanent adhesive types. While the adhesives are acid-free, they are not waterproof.
- Easy to use
- Doesn’t require electricity, batteries, or heat
- Can make stickers of several different types of material
- Some of the sticker adhesive can get on the top part of your sticker
- The paper can jam
The XRN150 is a less expensive and smaller sticker making machine than the previous Xyron machine. It’s priced around $12, and the width of the machine is 1.5 inches. It’s designed using bright colors and shaped like an X, which gives it an appealing look and weighs only five ounces.
All you have to do to use this machine is to insert the material you’re using on one side and pull it through on the other. Your sticker will come out sandwiched between a clear film and an adhesive backing. Before you remove the film, you should rub the sticker to make sure there is a strong adhesive bond.
The XRN 150 comes with a 20-foot roll of adhesive which can be applied to ribbons, photographs, paper, and more. As with the XRN 500, this model has easy to replace adhesive cartridges that come in repositionable and permanent.
- Appealing look
- Easy to use
- Limited to making stickers that are 1.5 inches long
Eff-cientt Cute Sticker Maker
The Eff-cientt cute sticker maker functions like tape. These sticker pens are sold in sets of four, each of which has unique images. The sticker images that come with these sticker making machines include small bugs and animals, alligators, and hearts.
These sticker making machines are very inexpensive and incredibly easy to use. Unlike other sticker making machines, these tools only offer preset designs in one size, about 1.5cm, and the cartridge is about 4 meters in length.
This tape can be used to decorate scrapbook pages, planners, journals, and other projects. These sticker making machines require some controlled pressure and dexterity, so they aren’t suitable for kids.
The one drawback about these sticker pens is that the sticker tape refills are impossible to find.
- Come in a set of four
- Easy to use
- Cute designs
- Hard to find tape refills
- You can’t make your own sticker
Crayola Sticker Design Studio
This sticker making kit focuses on making your own unique designs and adding adhesive. This kit is recommended for children ages eight years old to 12 years old.
It comes with tempura paint, an idea booklet, sticker sheet, foam stickers, and stencils. To use this kit, all you have to do is blend the paint to create a random color design, then turn them into stickers by attaching the repositionable adhesive.
- Great for kids
- Easy to use
- Stickers aren’t very sticky
The model, Explore Air 2, allows for more complicated designs and die cuts. All you need to do is upload an image or use Cricut’s online Design Space to access the project and image library or create an image. The Explore Air 2 is better suited for making a larger volume of stickers and is faster than other models.
These sticker making machines are expensive, costing around $200, and are not easy to take with you because they weigh 17 pounds and requires electricity.
If you choose to use the Cricut, you want to have some knowledge about software applications. You will also have to subscribe to Critcut’s design space for an additional $10 per month to access to the project and image library. However, you can bypass doing this if you upload your images directly from Illustrator or Photoshop.
- Makes stickers fast
- More variety of stickers can be made
- Can make intricate designs
- Requires knowledge of software applications