How to Make a Sticker with the Xyron 500

One of the most handy craft tools I've used is the Xyron 500 create-a-sticker machine. You can make a stickers using paper or chipboard. You can use any type paper, whether it is regular paper, scrapbook paper or thick types of paper, such as Mulberry paper. The Xyron 500 will work with all weights of paper. You can even use thicker product like cardstock or chipboard. This is the perfect tool for scrapbooking as many scrapbookers use sticker-type embellishments. You can easily make your own embellishments by punching or cutting shapes out of decorative paper and feeding the shapes through the machine to add adhesive to the backs. You can even make photos (up to 5x7) into stickers. This particular model will make super large stickers, up to 5 inches wide!

Xyron 500 and paper tag
Xyron 500 and paper tag | Source

Materials Needed

  • XYRON 500 create-a-sticker machine with permanent adhesive cartridge installed
  • Paper or thin chipboard shapes


paper tag pushed into slot
paper tag pushed into slot | Source

Step One

Take the piece of paper or chipboard that you want to make into a sticker and feed it into the slot on the front of the Xyron. It is the flat slot that is in the front of the machine. Push the piece of paper or chipboard into the slot as far as it will go. You can do multiple pieces at once by putting them one after the other but you have to make sure each piece is pushed back as far as it will go so it will be grabbed by the machine and pulled through.



tag feeding thru and out the back of the Xyron
tag feeding thru and out the back of the Xyron | Source

Step Two

Turn the knob on the right side of the machine. The knob only turns one way and that is clockwise so you will be turning the knob away from you. This will feed the paper or chipboard piece into the machine which will apply the adhesive on the back. Keep turning the knob and watch the back of the machine as the piece is being fed out of the back slot.



tag on backing paper and small pic is tag sticker with backing paper trimmed
tag on backing paper and small pic is tag sticker with backing paper trimmed | Source

Step Three

Once the piece is fed through and visible in the back of the Xyron machine, pull upwards against the lacerated edge and tear the piece off just like you would a piece of foil. The piece of paper or chipboard that you ran through the machine will come out adhered to a waxy paper backing just like on a regular sticker. You can trim the excess waxy backing from the sticker if you want. If you are planning to use it right away, just peel it off and stick. That's it and you are done!

Working with Multiple Pieces

Here are some photos showing you how to run multiple smaller pieces through the Xyron 500 machine:

dividers made using resources from scrappin cop
dividers made using resources from scrappin cop

Xyron 500 Tips, Tricks and Ideas

  • You can add the adhesive to the paper first and then punch or cut into shapes if you prefer. As long as the paper is no more than 5 inches wide, it will feed through without any problem.
  • Use the Xyron to make layered 3D like stickers- just run the layers thru and start stacking
  • Make glitter stickers by running your piece thru on both sides. Then peel off the side you want to sparkle and add glitter. Now, you have a sparkly glitter sticker!
  • When making bottlecap pendants, use the Xyron to add adhesive to the backside of your images to be mounted inside (or on top) of the bottlecaps.
  • You can also run pieces of fabric, vellum, ribbon, plastic film, very thin and flat buttons, cellophane, large flat sequins, flat thin magnets, etc.. anything that is flat and fairly thin.
  • Don't forget other papers like wrapping paper, tissue paper and crepe paper
  • There are both permanent and repositionable adhesive cartridges available for the Xyron500
  • You can do LOTS of neat stuff with the repositionable adhesive- I'll save that for another hub:)
  • They have a Xyron 510 machine that makes stickers, magnets and laminates, too!
  • If you are only going to be doing smaller stickers, you can get a Xyron 150. It's a much smaller machine (shaped like an X) and costs around $10 or less. You can find one right now at Amazon for $5. See below.


That's it for now, folks! I hope you have enjoyed my Xyron 500 tutorial. Happy Sticker Making!!

Xyron Sticker Maker XRN150 "X" 1.5 inch
Xyron Sticker Maker XRN150 "X" 1.5 inch

Makes stickers up to 1.5 inches

 
Xyron XRN500EN 5 Inch Create-a-Sticker Machine
Xyron XRN500EN 5 Inch Create-a-Sticker Machine

Machine used in this tutorial. Makes stickers up to 5 inches

 
Xyron XRN510 Creative Station Multi-Use Crafting Machine with Permanent-Adhesive Cartridge
Xyron XRN510 Creative Station Multi-Use Crafting Machine with Permanent-Adhesive Cartridge

Creative Station- Makes Stickers, magnets and laminates all up to 5 inches

 

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J C 4 years ago

Thanks for the tips, I want one for my scrapbooking and card making.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What an awesome tool! Thanks for all of the great information about it.


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I want this so bad! I'm using your link to buy the small one first. Maybe the gift pack that comes with refills? The idea of covering the sticky side with glitter, then putting it through again to make a glitter sticker.... I am just dying to try!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

JC, you are welcome! This is the perfect machine for scrapbooking. I say machine but it's not even battery or power operated so it's very portable,too.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi random, you are welcome! I love this thing.. I don't know how I've lived without it :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Sunny! Wow.. thank you for the purchase. You will be my very first Amazon purchase :) I think you will like it.. I haven't used the smaller one but I hear it works just as good... I'm thinking of getting a small one too. Oh, I got my chalkboard contact paper today.. I'm so excited! Have lots of fun with your new sticker maker :)


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hope your amazon affiliate ID is set up and ready to go...and I hope I did it right. I clicked your product link above but got a different xyron (the gift pack) and some other things. A big order will be shipped this week to me. Good luck to both of us on reaching that threshold payment!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, Sunny...I'm sure it will be fine. I updated all my Amazon info last night. I had it on one other hub when I first started here but ended up taking it off the hub. I decided I would try it again and put it on the Xyron hub. I was bragging on it so much in the hub I thought it was only appropriate to offer it from Amazon LOL! Anyway, I bet you LOVE it!!


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

After using the xyron 1.5 inch for a couple weeks....I LOVE IT! I've made stickers, labels, nametags, cupcake toppers...all in the blink of an eye! And best of all, I can run a whole string of cricut cut-outs through it, to put on the 100 placecards I'm making for a wedding....it'll be so easy to assemble with everything already "glued" on the back! Yay! Thanks again for making it so easy to finally decide to get a xyron.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Yay! So glad you like it.. It really is handy isn't it! I think I'm going to get the smaller one too.. just for smaller stickers instead of using the larger one.

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