6 ways to make a set of custom homemade stamps for your kids, using common household items!
Does your child love stamping and making prints? Most kids do!
There’s something so fun about dipping a stamp in a puddle of paint, or pounding a stamp back and forth between stamp pad and paper, making marks all over a page! The hooligans love this activity!
And because I love to make homemade toys for the hooligans, I thought it would be fun to make them a set of homemade stamps using random household items.
These stamps work well, kids love using them, and they can be customized to match the likes and interest of your child!
Here are 6 ways to make homemade stamps using things you can find around the house. All you need is a glue gun to pull it all together!
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Homemade Stamp Ideas
Have a look around your cupboards, drawers and craft from for items that would make a good stamper. Choose objects that will be easy for your child to grip. Your object will need to have a flat surface(s) to glue a foam shape onto.
Wine cork stamps:
A cork makes a great stamper. We’ve used them before to stamp polka-dots onto our crafts, simply by dipping the end of the cork into paint.
We’ve also fastened a few corks together to make flower stamps. You can see those here.
In the above picture, you can see that I’ve glued some foam pieces to the ends. They work great!
Homemade Stamps with Bottle Lids:
Homemade stamps made with stones:
There are lots of ways to use stones for play. They make great stampers too!
Make a stamp with a wood block:
Wooden blocks make excellent stampers, as they’re easy for little hands to grip, and you can glue your foam pieces to more than one side. I put a foam piece on each end of this wooden block.
Turn a spool into a stamp:
A plastic or wooden spool makes a good stamper on its own, or with a foam piece glued to the end.
Styrofoam blocks make great stamps:
I keep a large stash of styrofoam hand here because it’s super for constructing with. A small block of styrofoam makes an awesome homemade stamp, and again, you can glue foam shapes to all sides.
You may also like our styrofoam printmaking activity!
What to use for ink:
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- Nature Art Stamping Activity
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- Easy No-Glue Flower Stamp with Wine Corks
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.