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.
- 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.
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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