Can I make my own hologram stickers?

A hologram sticker is a flat sticker that has the visual effect of containing a 3D image. They have many uses – in fact, you may have seen one recently on a banknote or on the back of your debit card.

The hologram was first developed in 1947 by Hungarian scientist Dennis Gabor. In 1960, the first laser was developed which went on to have a great impact on holography.

Over the decades the technique for creating holograms has been refined and improved. Today, universities, businesses and government institutions across the world use holograms as a security feature.

Holograms are incredibly difficult to copy and without the ‘master’ hologram they’re virtually impossible to replicate. This is why you’ll see them used on banknotes, credit and debit cards, membership and ID cards, important documents and packaging.

Holograms are produced by using a glass plate which has been treated with iron oxide and then coated with photoresist. This reacts with the light-waves (usually from a laser) that are used to create the hologram.

People are intrigued by holograms, and frequently ask us ‘If they can make their own hologram stickers?’

The answer is ‘Yes’, you can make your own hologram stickers. You can purchase the machinery and supplies needed to create hologram stickers from craft and office supply stores, but creating it takes time, practice and a lot of patience to create a quality hologram.

More often than not, self-made holograms don’t come out so well, and if you’re planning on using them on your products, they can look unprofessional and a little ‘shabby’.

We highly recommend that you use a professional firm to design and create hologram stickers. This way you know that you’ll be getting a quality sticker that adds to your products and which can help protect your documents or products from fraudsters and counterfeiters.

Hague is at the forefront of hologram printing and as full members of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), we’re committed to meeting the rigorous standards set out in the IHMA’s Code of Practice to create high-quality holograms for our customers.

To find out about the printing services we offer, including hologram design and manufacture, get in touch with us via our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch to discuss it further.