Mini Makers: DIY Stamping Kit

little button diaries - foam stamps DIY

We’re sharing another project from our Big Book of 100 Activities today, and this one is a really simple idea for something that is fun to make, fun to play with and reusable. Triple boom. Kids can draw and cut out their own stamps then use them with ink pads to make their own pictures.

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Palm Leaf Printed Tee

palm leave printed tee diy

Over on our other Instagram account Get Creative With everyone has been going gaga for this week’s challenge to #getcreativewith printing. There have been SO many amazing ways to print, that they’ve got me itching to try printing a tee.

You Will Need:

  • A4 sheet craft foam
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Green fabric paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Newspaper
  • White and green pom pom trim
  • White sewing thread
  1. Use the template to cut out the four leaf shapes onto craft foam. Cut squares of cardboard slightly larger than the leaves and use double-sided tape to stick them onto the cardboard.

2. To make the handles for the stamps, cut a length of duct tape and pinch it in the middle, then stick onto the back of the cardboard.

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Potato Print Cactus Baby Grow

potato print baby grow DIY

Potato print has become my new obsession. It’s easy to do and a lot more versatile than I first thought. After printing this flamingo bag and our festive pets stocking, I decided to add some stamping to some plain white baby grows for my smallest Little Button.

You will need:

  • Plain white baby grow
  • Fabric paint in green and black
  • Potato
  • Sharp knife
  • Wooden skewer
  • Sheet of newspaper
  • Piece of scrap fabric

1. Begin by cutting your potato in half to create the stamp. Draw the image you want for your stamp on a sheet of paper as a template. You can print an image or trace one, just as long as it is a simple silhouette and small enough to fit your potato. Cut the image out.

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Potato Print Christmas Stocking

How to potato print a christmas stocking

Hobbycraft asked us to create a Christmas Stocking for a pet, so we used our trusty potato printing skills to make this stamped stocking with an appliquéd name and Christmas tree tag. Stamping is super easy and a lovely project to do with kids. If you don’t have a pet, you can change the design to make a handmade gift for another family member. Simply cut basic shapes into potatoes (such as baubles, stars or triangles to make into Christmas trees) and stamp on your design using fabric or acrylic paints. For see our full tutorial visit the Hobbycraft site. They’ve got so many lovely Christmas craft DIYs to try!

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How to Print With Children

We’ve been going to a local art class, Story Carousel, for a few months now, and have really been enjoying the different bundle of art we come home with every week – from puppets and masks to musical instruments and story props. The very talented Lorna, who runs Story Carousel, is brilliant at coming up with creative projects week-in, week-out, and is always on hand to grab Grayson when he’s crawling into the giant sensory bin, which is handy when Harper and I are covered in glue, glitter and paint. We asked her to come up with an easy project to do with kids, which would make a brilliant Christmas gift idea. Over to Lorna with how to make a printed picture with your little ones.

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Kids Project: Wiggly Caterpillar Wall Art

wiggly caterpillar wall art

If you’re looking for a boredom squashing activity to fill a rainy afternoon then this wiggly giant caterpillar will hit the spot. Children can get messy painting and printing the caterpillar. Then just piece him together and get wiggling. For our full tutorial munch your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog.

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Potato Print Flamingo Bag

flamingo print bag

There’s been a flamingo outbreak recently. Not literally, of course – but in style magazines and all across Pinterest. In a bid to shamelessly jump on this bandwagon (but also to try out a new crafting skill) I thought I’d try potato printing a plain tote bag with some of these beautiful birds. For this project you will need:

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Nap Time Crafts: Vegetable Printing Wrapping Paper

vegetable printing DIY

This is a quick and easy craft to which can add a personalised touch to wrapping and use up vegetables. We steered away from the potato to try different garden vegetables so we could experiment with design and texture. You can also get your little ones involved in the printing too.

For this project you will need:

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DIY Button & Potato Stamp Christmas Cards

diy button and potato stamp christmas card

Every year I have a go at making my own Christmas cards. Usually I pick something too complicated for duplication, I don’t start until far too near to Christmas and I end up feeling like I’m on a ridiculous production line with each card getting more and more botched (last year I made cards which each had a little clay jigsaw piece on them. Hours. And it looked a bit rubbish). This year though, thanks to much Pinsperation, I was organised and decided to make them all the other day. High five! I went really simple and made cards featuring potato stamped branches and button baubles.

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