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Make your own lighter skins

This is a quick guide on how to start making your own lighter-skins at home. Includes a free PDF!

Written By: 

Erick Leon


August 30, 2021

Making a Bic lighter skin

Making a Bic lighter skin is quick and can be an effective way to promote your brand. This guide will show you how to make your own lighter wrap at home along with all the ingredients you need to make it happen on your own! Includes a free PDF template and all the links to the products!

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Materials Needed

  • Printer (laser or inkjet)
  • Exacto knife/scissors
  • Sticker sheets
  • An attractive design Contact us

The business potential of making a Bic lighter skin.

Lighters are among some of the most commonly used and carried items in the world. A well-designed lighter that's given in replacement of a business card could have a huge impact on memorability and brand awareness. A custom lighter must work in your industry, however. It generally wouldn't be a good idea if a dentist's office gave out lighters to their customers. On the other hand, an outdoor supply store could have great success with a custom lighter skin. Personalized lighters are a great way to keep your company in the minds of your customers.

Potential Ideas

Business card substitute: If your industry finds it appropriate to hand out a lighter, then custom Bic lighters would be a perfect way to introduce yourself to a new customer. A simple QR code or a website URL is enough too. The point of the custom lighter is to have the customer actually like the design and use it. Inevitably a great design will demand attention and when asked, "where did you get that lighter?" The customer can respond with your business, and that's something an ordinary business card will never be able to do.

Delighting your clients: If you are fortunate enough to know your customers on a personal level then this could be a great opportunity to express how much they mean to you! If you were to make the right client a few custom Bic lighters designed towards their business or personality, then you are way ahead of the game. Without knowing it, your customer will be promoting you when they hand out the lighters to their close friends or employees. People always ask, "where did you get this?"

Selling your custom lighter: If you stumble upon a design you think others will really like then you should consider selling your custom Bic lighters. Take note that if you plan to sell these online through any retailer or small shop like Etsy you must have a warning label on it. The warning label is mandatory and found on all retail Bic lighters. If you are planning on mass-selling then we recommend going through Bic for printing.

Printing custom lighters instructions

Step 1:  Know what kind of printer you have.

You want to know if your printer is either an inkjet printer or a laser printer. Check to see if your printer also supports borderless printing. This step is crucial so you know what size sheet of stickers you need to order so the print process goes smoothly.

We use the Canon PIXMA iX6820 Inkjet Color Printer. It allows us to print boarderless effectively proving us more lighter wraps per sheet. It also prints up to 13x19in photo paper letting you also create your own posters from home!

Step 2: Order the sheet of stickers from Online labels.

Go to online labels and choose the 2.83"x 2.75" sticker labels in any finish that are supported by your printer. We chose to go with the glossy, gold foil finish. If your printer isn't a borderless one choose the options that give you padding on the sides of the 8.5x11 sheet of stickers. The awesome thing about online labels is that they allow you to order as many sheets as you want, even if it's only one. They are extremely affordable as well. Like any DIY solution should be.

Step 3: Buying Bic lighters

In order for the template to work, you will need to buy full-size Bic lighters. Please use our Amazon affiliate links, which help support this content!

12 pack of large Bic lighters

This is a good place to start if you want to try personalized lighters out and test the results.

50 pack of large Bic lighters with display tray

This pack is for those who want to sell their lighters in their shop or make a business out of lighter wraps. A great brand with a great design can take advantage of personalized lighters!

Custom lighter template example

Step 3: Design your Bic lighter wrap.

Now it's time to design your own Bic lighter stickers! We have provided you with a free borderless template for designing your own custom lighter wrap. A great design will be bold, using color wisely and keeping in mind the small space you have to work with. Have fun with the design and really try to make something that will resonate with your audience.

Download our free PDF or PSD template to start designing while your lighters and stickers are being delivered.

Lighter wrap design Tips

Tip 1: Keep any text big enough to read. We recommend having a lighter by you to remind you of the size and proportions.

Tip 2: Don't over-promote your business. These are personalized lighters, not company lighters. The point of having a custom lighter is to feel special about having something unique. Something that when you pull out of your pocket to use, you smile or maybe giggle.

Tip 3: Keep it simple. Please don't add tons of crazy vibrant colors. Try not to add too many images and things that could clutter the design. Remember that you only have so much room to work with!

Final custom stickers

Step 4: Print your designs on a sheet of stickers.

Print your stickers out on the Online Labels sheet. Remember to hide the guides in the template before you print!

Exactly 3/32nd of an inch will need to be cut from the top or bottom to perfectly fit the lighter. We used an X-acto knife and a cutting mat. This step is not essential because you can always overlay the excess on the metal tip.

Place the sticker with the main design being centered on the lighter. Then proceed to slowly stick the rest of it on while keeping it aligned to the top and bottom. BAM! You have yourself your very own custom Bic lighters! Hopefully, by now you saw how easy it is to order, design, and execute your own custom Bic lighters.

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