Is there an easy and cheap way to print small quantities of qr codes on post-it notes? Would need only a few post-its with same qr code, but overall quantity might be a 100 a day.

  • Specific method depends on quantity. How much post-its do you need to make? – thebodzio Jul 21 '12 at 19:10
  • just edited a question per your comment. – Dan Jul 21 '12 at 19:42
  • I assume each day code will be different. Am I right? – thebodzio Jul 21 '12 at 20:43
  • pretty much so .. – Dan Jul 21 '12 at 22:17
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    cause I will move these around on the wall – Dan Jul 23 '12 at 23:42

Given the quantities you're talking about, I'd made a good use of my desktop printer. In fact I did a little test today using my “laser” ;). First I made a document of the size of my paper sheet. In my case it was A4. Then, knowing which edge goes to the drum first and which side of the paper faces it, I drawn a "placeholder" on my document: enter image description here

A placeholder's only purpose is to make orienting post-it easy. Of course there can be more of them and the sheet can contain some other information like marking of the “first” edge or marking the edge where post-it's glue should be, for example. Having it ready I did the first print.

Next I glued my post-it, making sure the glue was directed so it makes the drum first (non-sticky end to follow). In my document, I placed QRCode to be printed and hidden placeholder marks (no need to repeat them — it can be outright harmful result wise). So I got: enter image description here

I placed my sheet with post-it attached, oriented exactly as the first time in the tray and made the second print on it. The result was: enter image description here

The good part is that the glue remains sticky after going through the heater, so post-its can be used as intended right after “unsticking” them from the “template” sheet: enter image description here

That's pretty much it. I know it's relatively low-tech solution, requiring some manual work, but it still works and it's cheeeep :).

I don't think this trick will work for the inkjets, given their sideways movement of printing heads, but for most lasers I think it should be applicable.

Of course there will be some inaccuracies caused by inexact post-it placement on sheet, inexact positioning of the sheet in the tray etc., but if some care should be put into aligning independent elements these inaccuracies should be kept lower than, say, 2-3 mm. Results may vary depending even on printer construction, but hey!… it's not an offset printing press ;).

One more note: I'm not responsible for possible problems/damages/etc. AKA “bad things” that can potentially result from the experiments of the sort described above. I did it on my own responsibility and so will do every “follower” :).

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    This works. I have according to my logs printed somewhere between 150 - 900 Notes with aztec codes with this method with no problems so far. Another tip is that wide notes can be cut to size so its less work. I had to release one note from the fuser. Be sure to use the direct feed! Its guaranteed that the duplexer wont like this. – joojaa May 16 '14 at 13:13
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    Oh and its also possible to buy just the glue, but our volumes are so low we dont care. – joojaa May 16 '14 at 13:21

There is actually a 3m product Post-it® Notes PC410B, 8 1/2 in x 11 in Sheets of Notes for Printers, but thbodzio low-tech solution seems to be more cost-effective.


Seems like "PostIt" isn't necessarily what you're after. Why not just use a printable label sheet designed for this purpose. Something like this. Then you can have them loaded in a dedicated tray (or printer) and use a template layout for quick output.

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    Sticking these labels to post-its could work as a medium-low cost, no risk alternative to thebodzio's no-cost, medium-low risk option – user56reinstatemonica8 Jul 25 '12 at 10:50
  • And for people on tight budget... You can also print multiple codes a normal sheet of paper and cut them to size. Than use Scotch removable tape to stick them to a wall. – allcaps Apr 30 '15 at 10:43

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