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Our family is stamp-addicted.
We have a really insane collection of stamps that we take out from time to time to create crazy scenes with people, speech bubbles, animals, aliens and any and every other thing you could possibly imagine. And I didn’t buy a single one of those stamps.
We have a bunch of hand-me downs and a bunch more that we made ourselves. So today I’m going to show you how to make homemade foam stamps from two things you just may have already hanging around in your home: a small foam puzzle and bottlecaps!
It all started when I saw this post on pane, amore e creatività which said that the foam used for those foam puzzle mats contains toxic substances. I immediately removed our two foam puzzles from toy rotation and decided to take advantage of a suggestion in that post on how to reuse these puzzles in a harmless way: make them into stamps!
This idea immediately appealed to me because, like I already said, we love stamps, and I’d already written about how to make do-it-yourself stamps from flip flops and from repurposed material stamp kits. The thing that didn’t totally convince me about the original idea was the use of wooden blocks as stamp backers. So I thought of a way to make this project more eco-friendly: use bottle caps!
Do you have a little foam puzzle hanging around? Then let’s make homemade foam stamps from it!
Making the stamps
First, remove the shape from the puzzle background, making sure to remove any little inside bits (like the center of the letter A).
Then just put a bit of glue on the top (right) side and attach it to the cap. I used UHU extra gel, a glue which seems to work on everything. If you use a glue like this on a non-absorbent surface (such as these metal caps) there is a little trick to get it to stick on perfectly. Put the glue on the piece and then rub it on the bottle cap to spread the glue out nicely on both. Take the piece off and let the glue dry a little bit. I found that just the time it takes to do this again with another letter and cap is enough. Then put the letter back on again. If the glue had dried a little, it will stick much better.
Don’t forget that the letter or number will be backwards on the cap. If you put it the right side up, you’ll get a finished stamped print that you’ll have to read in the mirror, à la leonardo da vinci.
You can also use those spaces inside the letters. For example, the inside of the O is good for a period (or an exclamation point with the I) and the inside of the Q makes a good comma.
When the glue is completely dry, have a blast stamping away!
What about all those other background bits? I certainly couldn’t throw those away, so I turned those into a little bulletin board! Click to find out how!
If you love making your own foam stamps, make sure you check out these stamps made from broken flip flops! This is repurposing at its best!