How Do I Make Bumper Stickers in Word?

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Designing a bumper sticker using Microsoft Word 2013 is a project that even beginners can do with confidence. Before you start, make sure you have adhesive printer paper. Not all adhesive printer paper is waterproof, so if the sticker is going on a car, or anywhere outside, check the paper packaging to ensure that it is water-resistant.

Adjusting the Page Setup

Open a blank Word document. Click the Page Layout tab, then the Size icon, and select More Paper Sizes. Set the Width at 11 inches and the Height at 3.5 inches. This is a standard size for a bumper sticker and makes it easy to print if you have letter-sized adhesive printing paper.

An 11x3.5-inch page size
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Adding Color and Artwork

Unless you're making a white bumper sticker, or planning to use your own artwork as the background, change the page color. To do this, click the Design tab and select a color from the Page Color menu.

Selecting a blue background color.
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To add photos, logos or artwork to the bumper sticker, click the Insert tab. All of your insert options are in the Insert Ribbon, including the Text Box option, which you'll be using soon.

  • Click Pictures to insert photos or artwork from your computer's hard drive.
  • Click Online Pictures to find creative commons images using Bing Image Search.
  • Click Shapes to add shapes like rectangles, circles and arrows.
Add pictures, shapes and text boxes from the Insert ribbon
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After inserting the artwork, drag the corners to resize it and drag the center to move it into position. If you're using the artwork as a background image, it's okay to go over page edges. Of course, any details not visible on the page won't be printed.

If you're having difficulty moving the artwork, click the Picture Tools' Format tab and change the Wrap Text setting. If you're using the artwork as a background image, select the Behind Text option. If not, click In Front of Text.

Use the Behind Text option for background images.
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Styling Your Message

Use a Text Box to write the bumper sticker's message. If you've never used a Word Text box before, the process is quite straightforward.

  1. Click the Insert tab and select the Text Box icon.
  2. Select a Text Box format from the drop-down menu.
  3. Drag the cursor over the page.
  4. Type the text for the sticker and then highlight it with the cursor.
  5. Click the Home tab and change the Font, Font Size, Font Color and Alignment.

If the text box isn't transparent, right-click it, select Fill and then click No Fill.

Alignment options are in the Home Ribbon's Paragraph section
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Add an effect such as a shadow or a glow to the text to make it to stand out from the background. Highlight the text, click the Drawing Tools' Format tab and then click the small Arrow beside WordArt Styles in the Ribbon. You can then select an effect from the menu. Use the Glow options to make text stand out on a dark background, or the Shadow options to make the text stand out from a light background.

Adding a glow makes text stand out from a dark background
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Printing a Bumper Sticker

Before printing your bumper sticker, click the File tab and select Options. In the Printing Options section, make sure there's a check mark beside Print Background Colors and Images. Click OK.

Insert a waterproof, adhesive sheet of printer paper into your home printer and click the Print icon.

By default Word doesn't print images or background colors
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