Making your own stamp is one of the most fun things ever! It really brings out your creativity and can even be therapeutic. There are many ways to make your own stamp, you can carve it from rubber, eraser, use cork or even craft foam. The last bit, I find, is the easiest even for the absolute beginner. The material itself is also readily available in school supply stores. Let me show you what a breeze it is to make!
There are only five tools you’re going to need to create your stamp, a craft foam, scissors, pencil, double adhesive tape, and a mounting block. I’m using a scrap block I randomly found in my room (you can get these from little furniture shops as they usually have scrap wood that they just throw away). But don’t be limited to wood blocks. Get creative and search your house for any flat surface item you can use to mount your stamp on!
Decoupage (dāko͞oˈpäZH) sounds complicated but is actually such an easy thing to do! Basically it’s making use of a special kind of glue to seal in and glue or varnish a surface where you intend to put a design. I especially enjoy this craft because there is so much you can do with it. For example, redesigning recycled bottles.
This craft used to be very challenging for me because I’d have to order online to get my glue or make it myself. But today, Mod Podge and other types of special glue are now available in the market like Deovir
. Hooray! In terms of materials you can use different kinds of things to stick on to absolutely anything (as long as it’s not too porous). I’m not kidding, you can decoupage your house if you want to. (ooh, there’s a thought!) But for this craft I’ll be using a more modest material–recycled glass bottle.