As you well know, I love carving and printing stamps. Finding successful and safe ways for children to make their own stamps always feels extra satisfying. Here's a simple technique for creating stamps that could be applied to many artistic pursuits for multiple ages... but for today-Valentine prints for young stampers. I'm not a fan of craft foam, but some of it has wandered into our art corner... again! Why not utilize its redeeming qualities, and turn it into something that can be used over and over. Craft foam can easily be cut with small (and not so sharp) children scissors and absorbs ink/paint nicely for printing.
diy stamps for childrenNeed:
- scrap of thin foam
- wine cork
- ink pad
- Have child cut out small (around 2 inches) heart- or any shape for that matter.
- Tape it to a small square of cardboard.
- Encourage child to draw a design on foam with pen or pencil. Ask them to press hard. If the foam shape is random vs. a heart... you may want to have them draw a heart in the center using a stencil for help.
- Cut off the excess card board around the foam.
- Glue the back of the cardboard to a cork (a wooden spool would work well, too). We didn't want to wait for glue to dry and a little piece of duct tape worked just fine as an instant fix.
- Stamp away!
Here are two more stamping ideas to share with children (and yes, foam appears again!)
-stamping with children part 1
-stamping with children part 2
And here's a bunch of Valentine inspiration from year's past.
Happy Friday and happy stamping!