Craft Foam Stamps

Make your own craft stamps from recycled bottle caps, jar lids and craft foam scraps.
Craft Foam Stamps craft

Materials

  • Bottle caps and jar lids
  • Craft foam scraps (3 mm thickness)
  • Hot glue gun or tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Craft Foam Stamps 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.
Step 2 Craft Foam Stamps 2. Obtain craft foam scraps from your previous art projects. The craft foam should at least be around 3mm thick.
Step 3 Craft Foam Stamps 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.
Step 4 Craft Foam Stamps 4. Cut out the craft foam shape.
Step 5 Craft Foam Stamps Ask for an adult's help5. 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.
Step 6 Craft Foam Stamps Ask for an adult's help6. 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.
Step 7 Craft Foam Stamps 7. When the glue dries, your stamp is ready to use.
Step 8a Craft Foam Stamps 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.
Step 8b Craft Foam Stamps Ask for an adult's help 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.
Step 8c Craft Foam Stamps c.) You can also make outlines instead of solid shapes.
Step 9 Craft Foam Stamps 9. Use the stamp by dipping onto paint or pressing it onto an ink pad. Shake off any excess paint and stamp onto paper.
Step 10 Craft Foam Stamps 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.
Step 11 Craft Foam Stamps 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.

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