Craft Foam Stamps
|Make your own craft stamps from recycled bottle caps, jar lids and craft foam scraps.||
|1.||Each of your craft foam stamps will need a jar lid or bottle cap base. The caps and lids can be of any size or material. Wash them well and allow them to dry.|
|2.||Obtain craft foam scraps from your previous art projects. The craft foam should at least be around 3mm thick.|
|3.||Draw your stamp design on craft foam, taking note to match its size with the bottle cap or jar lid. The design can be a simple shape, a smiley face, numbers or letters.
*If you need to, you may first trace an outline of the bottle cap onto the craft foam so that the design can more precisely match the size of the cap or lid.
|4.||Cut out the craft foam shape.|
|5.||Notice that my letter "R" is now facing the other way. If you made non-symmetric shapes (right and left sides are not identical), then you will have to flip your shape like I did. Glue the shape onto the bottle cap using a hot glue gun or tacky glue.|
|6.||Flip the bottle cap over right away and press from the inside of the bottle cap while the glue gun adhesive hasn't quite set yet. This should flatten the adhesive and also ensure a stronger bond.|
|7.||When the glue dries, your stamp is ready to use.|
|8.||Here are some more notes and ideas for making your stamps:
a.) For symmetric shapes, you may glue on any side since the right and left sides are identical.
|b.) Try combining smaller shapes to make a more detailed stamp.
*Take extra caution when gluing on small shapes with a glue gun. Apply the hot glue onto the bottle cap and not on the craft foam. You can also use a craft stick or any other object to press on the shapes to avoid contact with the hot glue.
|c.) You can also make outlines instead of solid shapes.|
|9.||Use the stamp by dipping onto paint or pressing it onto an ink pad. Shake off any excess paint and stamp onto paper.|
|10.||Wipe the craft foam stamp when switching to another color of paint or after you have finished using it.
If you used hot glue gun instead of tacky glue, then your stamps should be washable.
|11.||Make as many stamps as you like!
Crafting your own stamps is an economical and an earth-friendly alternative to purchasing brand new stamps.