Make Your Own Printables, Blog Banners, Or Buttons

by Destri on October 25, 2010

Let’s say your son’s birthday is coming up and you would like some cupcake toppers, but you can’t find any you like.  Sure there are a bazillion cute ones online but it’s too late for shipping and he would really think it was cool if his name were on them.  Or maybe you made a bunch of cookies and treats and would like a fun little tag to deliver them with.  Or, you have a blog and want to make a button, banner or free printable for your readers. Well today is your day!

Every time we have printables, or anything of the like I always get a few emails asking me how I made them.  I always tell them picnik, and that I have a tutorial coming up to give the how-to, but then forget to do it.  I was making some printables for Halloween and thought this was the perfect day to show you, finally.

I will show you how I made this cute little image I will print onto card stock and make little tags with.

How To Make Your Own Printables, Buttons, Banners…Anything!

First you need to start with an account on Picnik.  They have a free version, but to have access to all the seriously fun stuff you want to get the upgraded version.  It’s about $25 for a year, very reasonable.  Especially if you have a blog and need a last minute graphic.  So set one up then come back :).

Once you have an account, if you click on the library tab and then click on start on the far left, you will have a screen that looks like this.  The arrows show you what I am talking about.  Now, I could go on for days about all the things you could do with Picnik, and I just about told you about something totally off subject, but I am trying to stay focused here, I will tell you later, k?  Okay, now click on the make a collage button .

Now you will have a page that looks like this.  The default collage is square. Now of course you could make a collage of pictures, but that is not what we are doing today.  Right now we are making a canvas for our graphic. You need to think about what you want the end result to look like to pick the appropriate size.  For instance if you are making a round cupcake topper you should use the square. If you are making a 125 x 125 blog button you would also use square,for a banner pick a longer one. Once you make one, you will have an idea of what you need.  Just click on the options on the left and it will pop up.

Now click on the little box the arrow is pointing at.  This will give you a color pallet to choose from.  Pick your background color. Don’t forget, you can pick white.  When you are done click Done in the upper right hand corner.

Now you will want be on the edit page. If you didn’t automatically land there, just click on the edit tab at the top.  Here you can crop and resize your image, among other things.

I am wanting to end up with a square, so I will just resize mine.  Click on resize, then add in the dimensions you would like.  I choose 300 x 300. Then click OK.

Now click on the create tab. All sorts of fun to be had in here, just play around!  Under the featured tab where I am now they will have seasonal stuff, and popular actions.  But if you go under stickers you will find even more, go through all of the stickers, you will find all sorts of fun stuff.  I wanted some little bugs and spiders so I just clicked on Halloween stickers and then on the image I wanted.  It will appear on the screen.  You can resize it, reposition it, change it’s color, or even flip it.  You can layer your images too, just play around and have fun.

I wanted a frame within my frame so I clicked on stickers, then on geometric, then on the circle.  Position it and resize to what you want.

Pick the color you want it to be.  I am using this as a frame that I would like to be orange, so I picked orange.  You can also fade the color to get a more exact shade you are looking for.

I then layered another circle over the first one by simply clicking on the circle again, resizing and repositioning.  To pick white use the bar to the left on the color picker.

I went back into the featured and added some more Halloween stickers.

Now to add words you will click on the text button.  Just type the words you want click add and then you can pick what font you want. Keep in mind that what you type in the box will appear on one line, so if you want words in different locations, add them separately.  You can adjust the size, location and even tweak the angle, I forgot to mention that before on the stickers.  When you click on the image and then on the circle at the top of the little bar, this will let you rotate the image or text.

When I have the graphic looking the way I want, I go back into the edit tab and then sharpen.  For some reason when I save the image, it always looses some clarity.  I only do this if I am using it for the website, for printables, it prints just fine.  This is an optional step.

When you have it the way you want, just click save and share at the top and save where you would like.  All done!

To make duplicate images, right click on the image and it will give you the option to duplicate.  This helps when you want to add dots the same color and size.

To make a circle, start with a square, under the create tab click on frames.  Click rounded edges and then take the corner radius bar all the way to the right.  Then click transparent corners. Now you have a circle canvas!

A few other things to note:

  • don’t forget there is an undo and redo button, they are life savers!
  • you can write text and stickers over images too
  • when you are done saving you can click on continue editing and change things up without having to start from scratch
  • If you need to adjust a previous graphic when layering, just click on it and you can edit.

So there you have it! Just play around and you can make all sorts of stuff.

They have a bunch of fun Christmas and Hanukkah stickers too, just look under seasonal.

I will leave you with some free printables now, just click on the image you like, right click and save to your computer then print.  You can duplicate the image in word to get more on a page. They would make cute cupcake toppers, tags, anything!  I am using the bugs and kisses to send to family with some treats.

Don’t see one you like?  Well, now you can make your own!

If you have anymore questions leave them in the comments and I will answer them there.  If there is anything else you would like covered let me know and I will make another tutorial.

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{ 133 comments… read them below or add one }

Bmresha January 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I am a little confused. I saw your tutorial and signed up for the upgraded picnik but I could not find the create tab like you show. I tried to contact the website but there was nowhere for me to contact them. I do I resolve this issue.

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Destri January 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm

HI Bmresha,

Picnik recently went through a design change, and when they did that they consolidated the create tab features and put them under the edit tab. you will find all the same stickers and such, just look under seasonal, stickers, and featured. It is actually quicker to use now and a little more user friendly that way.

As for contacting them, look in the top right corner and there should be a help option next to you login name. Click on that and then get help. It will bring up a page with options. I love the forums, and the help center. I have always found my answers in a quick search, or opening a new thread. Or you can click on contact, and that feature is exclusively for premium members, so you should be able to access it fine.

Thanks for bringing that to my attention, I need to edit the tutorial to reflect the new format on picnik!

Hope that helps :)

Destri

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Bmresha January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Yes it did. Thank you very much.

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Trista January 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! I am so excited that I now know I can use Picnik like that! I have used it for years, but never realized I could do all this! I have already started on making some cute Valentine’s for my kids!

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Destri January 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Love love them! Now if we can just find a replacement for Picnik :(

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Christine January 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

WOW … thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial … but now Picnik is closing … any thoughts on what you will use??

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Destri January 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Christine, I almost cried when I saw that! I have been looking into some other options and will definitely update this post when I find something. Stay tuned!

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Melissa February 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

I’m on Google + and I also use Picnik…I noticed the other day when adding pictures to Google + that the Picnik image editing is being integrated with Google +!

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leah February 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

hey i love this my kids love it too!!!

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Stephany February 7, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Hey. I love Picnik, just wondering what your suggestions are since Picnik is closing as of April 19, 2012. I use it literally everyday for blogwork. And, Creative Kit with Google+ -I will not be able to do some things there that I do in Picnik. :(

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Destri February 8, 2012 at 5:02 am

I am right there with you Stephany, I have photoshop and have been trying to learn how to use it ever since I found out they were closing. I literally am banging my head against the computer screen. It takes me four times longer to accomplish on PSE as what it took me on picnik. I am hoping it is just a learning curve!
There is a program called Gimp that is free to use online that I have heard a lot of people like, I am thinking about learning it so I can update these posts, but have yet to use it.
Really, I am hoping that Google has some big plans for all the picnik features (like adding it to picasa), but no word yet. It would make sense that they are trying to consolidate.
Let me know if you find something!

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Ronni April 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I have been using http://ipiccy.com/ since I found out Picnik was closing. I have a photography business and I HATE the fact that picnik went out. I used it for everything. I can use paintshop pro and photoshop, but imo, they suck. Hope this helps. ipiccy has been taking suggestions on facebook and attempting to integrate LOTS of picnik designs into their website!

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Destri April 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi Ronni,
Yes, I have been giving them a try too. You might want to check out picmonkey.com as well. The original team that started Picnik have launched it, you’ll feel right at home :)

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Lana February 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

What are your thoughts on Google+ Melissa? I’ve used Picnik for awhile and love it. Thanks for any info

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nina February 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

This is the most useful thing I have found in such a long time. Thank you for the step by step instructions!!!!!

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Destri February 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

Aw, thanks Nina! I have found an alternative to Picnik, they are closing in April. So keep an eye out for an update on that.

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MJ February 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Can you give a hint of what that could be? :)

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Destri February 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Sure! I haven’t had a chance to play with all of these, but here are the two I have bookmarked to look into:
http://ipiccy.com/ (this is in beta, but I have heard good things)
http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php
I do have photoshop, so I have been trying to just take the time to figure it out :)

I will update as soon as I have had a chance to play around with them.
Hope this helps!

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Destri February 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Okay, just gave ipiccy a go – I think that will do it as far as image editing, it actually works much faster than picnik. But no stickers that I can see. Looks like it works similar to photoshop though, so let me look into it a little more :)

Jackie February 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hi, just found your blog through pinterest, you have loads of wonderful stuff here for me to oggle over for hours!

Here is another option that’s been suggested to me to replace picnic. Looks like it could be good and quite similar? I haven’t had a chance to play around with it much as yet and still making the most of picnic right thru to the bitter end!

http://fotoflexer.com

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Jackie February 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Always do that, grrrrr. *Picnik*

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emmalee March 5, 2012 at 1:07 am

love the tutorial i have spent hours looking for a tutorial just like this! i have a question in sizing the how does the 300×300 translate to inches? plan to make cupcake toppers, and bubble/water labels. thank you so much

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Destri March 5, 2012 at 5:05 am

Hi emmalee, I believe that comes out to be 4in x 4in. I usually play around a bit to get the size just right. Also, sadly picnik is closing soon…but some of the original developers are creating a new editing platform now called picmonkey.com, you can sign up to be notified when it goes live. Just a heads up!

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Anni March 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

WooHoo! Just checking in on this Blog to see what your next course of action was after Picnik (it’s been a few weeks since I last looked) …& I just read about, & googled “PicMonkey”- and it has gone live today – about 4hours ago! Yipeee, Looks good & easy to use! Replacement found! “Winning!” ☺ Thanks so much!!

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Destri March 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

Wahoo! I found out from you Anni! I went and played around on it last night, and it’s great! I can’t believe they were able to get it up that fast. They said they have a few new tricks up their sleeve too, so it will be fun to see what they unroll!

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Jackie March 11, 2012 at 4:06 am

Ooooh exciting! Thank you Destri and Anni, just checked this out myself. I love their humor too!

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Destri March 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

Yes, it makes you feel right at home, no? Can’t wait to see what else they come up with!

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Greg April 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

Great tutorial! Thanks a lot!

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jennifer April 13, 2012 at 6:31 am

i can’t find the right size to print to make cup cake toppers. im using
Fiskars® Squeeze Punch Large Circle. also my font and image come out kind of blurry. i inserted it into microsoft word and printed.. is that how you print ? im trying so hard to be crafty for my sons christening and having so many issues already. ahhh !! lol

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Destri April 25, 2012 at 7:13 am

Oh dear Jennifer, I am just seeing this comment! Do you still need help?! So sorry.

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Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food for Moms April 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

This is a great tutorial..I’m still a little confused though on how you would make a printable?
Blessings!

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Kayla April 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

In iPiccy – to get stickers click on the blend button on the top (the three blue layers) and then click Stickers right underneath it. Easy, and just as good as Picnik! They are a bit more basic, but they will do! :)

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Karen D. April 24, 2012 at 5:40 am

Unfortuately, picnik is no longer available.

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Destri April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

Hi Karen,
I am working on updating the post today, but picmonkey.com is now up and running, made by the folks who first started Picnik. Things are a little different, but generally the same. Hope this helps!

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cindy May 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

hello, I was browsing the internet looking for ways to make the cute round tags/cupcake toppers and came across your blog.. I was wondering how you print them. Do you have a special printer for stock lables?

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Destri May 3, 2012 at 4:41 am

Hi Cindy, You know I don’t, but I am sure they have them. I just print them on paper cut out with round punch, and then glue to colored paper punched with a scalloped edge. Hope this helps. Also, Picnik has closed, but picmonkey.com and ipiccy.com are both great options.

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Dawn May 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

The tutorial on picknik is awesome. Since it is closed, will you do a tutorial on picmonkey. I checked the website out and could only figure out how to edit my photos. I am unsure as to how I can use the site to make custom printables. Any help you can offer will be appreciated. Thanks!

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Destri May 15, 2012 at 7:27 am

Hi Dawn, I am working on a tutorial for that right now and will let you know when it goes live!

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Dawn May 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Awesome! I am looking forward to seeing the tutorial.

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Carolyn June 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Hi! Did the tutorial for picmonkey ever go live? Thanks in advance for the response :]

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Destri June 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm
momstheword June 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Destri, is that picmonkey tutorial on how to make a printable? I sure hope so because I’d love to learn how to do that, and I can’t wait for your tutorial!

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Destri June 26, 2012 at 11:45 am

So sorry for the delay! Here is a link!
http://www.themotherhuddle.com/picmonkey-tutorial-diy-printable-greeting-card/
That is for a greeting card – but you can make any type of printable you’d like with it :)
Have fun!

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momstheword October 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

Thank you so much! I just used your tutorial on how to apply a watermark to my picture for my blog post tomorrow. Thanks again!

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Dawn July 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

thank you so much!!

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Tara July 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Would you please please please do a tutorial on how to make a printable like a cupcake topper type with pic monkey.
Was so excited when I started reading your tutorial on how to make a printable until I realized I was way too late to use picnick.
Thank you! Your site is really fun to read.

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Destri July 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

Hey Tara,

I have started a series using pic monkey for making your own printables – this one should get you started:

http://www.themotherhuddle.com/picmonkey-tutorial-diy-printable-greeting-card/

and I promise I will be getting a cupcake topper and wrapper edition up soon :).

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Joy2Journey August 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I am going to try this out soon! I am so excited to create something that is all mine!
Hugs to you for sharing this :)
Bj

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Catherine November 15, 2012 at 2:04 am

This is fantastic thanks! I have been wanting to provide some free printables to my party blog, but had no idea where to start to do this. I will be following this guide and I look forward to being able to share some lovely creations. Thanks so much!

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Lindsay November 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

After you’ve created a printable, how do you add it to your blog so others can download it? I know I need a pdf, but after that I have no clue.

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Destri January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

You know, I think I’ll do a tutorial on that! There are many different ways, but if you just save the image as a jpg, then post to your blog, readers can save and print.

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MGL February 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

I am using Picmonkey and I don’t know how to make a picture or a printable to fit on labels in order to print. Or do you have a program you use to make cute customized labels that you could print onto label sheets?

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Destri February 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

you know, I have never done this! I just make up my own and then use a glue stick to add them where I want them. The Picmonkey team is very helpful though, just ask them, and I bet they will have a solution for you!

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amie March 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I love how you explained how easy it is. I hope you don’t mind but I linked this page from my blog page as I thought it was so a great post
Amie xx

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