First things first, it's important to understand that sticky note and Post-it® are not synonymous. Sticky notes could be considered off-brand versions of Post-its®, and each manufacturer has their own process for creating them.
Generally speaking, the process for making sticky notes includes:
- Step One: The manufacturer's specific formula for the adhesive is mixed together.
- Step Two: Paper is fitted with the adhesive on the top as it passes through rollers.
- Step Three: The paper goes through a giant oven to ensure the adhesive is dry.
- Step Four: Another device stacks the sheets of paper on top of each other to form large pads.
- Step Five: The stack of paper is pressed down by a machine to create a firm grip.
- Step Six: The paper is cut into the intended shape for the sticky notes, which is usually 3 X 3 squares.
- Step Seven: Each sticky note sheet is screen printed or digitally printed with some kind of design.
- Step Eight: The sticky note pads are packaged and shipped to stores or online wholesalers.