Here is a quick, simple little DIY project for you. It is so easy to make your own stamps … and how much do we love stamps? You’ll only need a handful of items and the best part is you can re-use some everyday items that are normally thrown in the rubbish. I love upcycling. Coming up with ideas to make something new and repurposed is probably my favourite thing to do.
So here are some simple steps to get you started.
The starting point for this DIY project is lids. Lots of lids. Start collecting the plastic lids from milk bottles, juice bottles (these are a great size), soft drink bottles (for smaller stamps) and large lids like coffee lids. Preferably plastic. Then wash them really well, dry and keep them until you have a nice collection.
Next you will need foam sheets. These can be bought at $2.00 shops very cheaply.
And now for the fun part. Start drawing your designs on the foam sheets. Have a think about the type of designs you’d like to print. Simple shapes to start with are triangles (for the very on trend geometric designs that are around at the moment), arrows, circles, hearts, dots, lines. If drawing isn’t your thing you can always buy pre-cut foam shapes in packs at the shops. Cut your shape out and stick it to the bottle top with a strong glue or double sided tape.
I made some cool wrapping paper for Father’s Day using brown ink on kraft paper and repeating the design. Looks really effective.
I know a lot of the ink pads say that they are not suitable for fabric but I’ve had really great success stamping fabric using normal stamping inks. I find the Tsukineko StazOn brand particularly good. It now comes in a wide range of colours too. Just be sure that you set it after stamping it onto your fabric. Make sure your fabric is ironed to start with and then stamp away. After stamping, iron on the reverse side of the fabric at a low setting. Of course it may fade after a few washes but if you are making something like the bow ties that I’ve made you won’t be washing it much anyway. Have a play and see how the results work for you. Otherwise you could buy fabric inks or paints and have a play with that.
Here’s a little scrap of calico I had. I played around with a pattern and then made into a bow tie with a piece of felt. Cute!
Have a play. It’s easy, fun and cheap as chips. I would love to hear from you if you give this a go. Let me know what sort of results you get.