Friday, May 25, 2012

Craft Tutorial: Make Easy DIY Stamps with Foam

I was working on a project last week and I wanted my girls to put their own “stamp” on it! So I asked them what shapes they wanted on this project and we made our own stamps out of regular ol’ craft foam and some thrifted wood pieces.

How to make easy foam rubber stamps



  • Foam sheets, available at Michaels
  • Wood pieces (I used thrifted Jenga blocks)
  • Glue that works on foam and wood (I used Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick, reviewed here).
  • Scissors and pen for tracing shapes
  • Strong glue for gluing wood together, to accommodate larger stamp shapes (I used Gorilla Glue)
  • Not shown: Fabric paint, Plastic lid and piece of felt (to act as a stamp pad), Plain fabric


You can free-hand draw your shapes, use a craft punch that works on foam, trace a shape, etc. My girls wanted their favorite Cars characters, their usual Sun and Heart, and some random things like fish and octopus. The hearts were small so I was able to use just one wood piece. Then I glued the hearts on the wood with the glue stick.


I used one of their Cars to trace around on the foam and cut that out. 


I glued two wood pieces together because the car turned out too big for one piece.


Here’s the whole gang.

Make Foam Rubber Stamps

I laid a piece of felt onto a plastic food storage lid and squirted some fabric paint onto the felt. Then I smooshed it all around to create an even layer on the felt. And they started stamping on their fabric pieces.


Here’s the finished fabric!


To wash the stamps, I just used a wet paper towel to wipe them off.

Here’s a sneak peek of what I made with the fabric, the project I mentioned I was working on last week. Tutorial for that coming soon!


UPDATE: Here’s the link to that tutorial, my Kids’ Activity Tray!

Tell me, how would you use the stamps?

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  1. Brilliant!! My little one likes your drawing of Lightning McQueen. :)
    Have a great 3day weekend!

  2. LOVE this idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!

  3. This is SO smart!!! Great idea and thank you for sharing!! :)

  4. These are great! The possibilities are endless!! I love this for a fun summer craft! Just posted on Craft Gossip! Keep creating:)

  5. What an awesome idea! I'm sharing this on my Facebook Fan Page!

  6. Hi Steph, I spent the week with my grandchildren and we used foam to cut out our own stamping. I also found some pre-cut-out foams on clearence and the kids used those too. It was a mess, but they did enjoyed creating..Thanks for sharing..Judith, Texas

  7. Not stalking - swear! I just saw this featured on another blog and I had to leave a comment. This is genius! I love the idea of being crafty before you actually get crafty, lol. adding this to my to do list!

  8. Thank you for the tutorial! You inspired me to create my own set of stamps for my space crazed toddler. So super easy and fun to make. Here's what we came up with:


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