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Styrofoam Stamps

Styrofoam Stamps
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 5y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Stephanie Sims
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We have all kinds of rubber stamps on our art shelves, but we also love making our own--creativity is always welcome in our home! Craft foam or repurposing leftover styrofoam works well with this project. These DIY stamps are great for art, making tiles, cards... wherever your kids' imaginations take them!

How We Did It

Styrofoam Stamps

While gathering supplies, Madeleine and I talked about what kinds of stamps we planned to make. Seasonal? Holiday? Flowers? (And yup, I say "we," because often we enjoy creating side-by-side!)

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We traced the wooden blocks, so that we could ensure that our designs would fit without going over the edges.

Styrofoam Stamps

Then Maddie cut out the paper templates. (She was quite pleased that these were both steps that she could do all by herself.) I was in charge of cutting the Styrofoam squares from the paper templates, as we really didn't have any foam to waste.

Styrofoam Stamps

Next came drawing the designs. (This is the stage where I exclaimed "ooh" and "aah!" the most.... her drawings always make me so happy!) It's best to stick to simple designs, so that the shape they create when you stamp with them are recognizable.

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Next place the paper over the Styrofoam, and carefully trace the drawing, pressing lightly into the foam.

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If the pattern is not very defined, go over the pattern again without the paper, lightly indenting the Styrofoam a bit more. Put glue on the back of the design, and on the matching wooden block, and press it onto the block.

Styrofoam Stamps

After making sure the glue is dry, try making art with your stamps. You could ink up your design with a stamp pad...

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.... or by using a paintbrush to add a dab of washable paint to your stamp. (Try to not paint on the areas that you've indented).

Styrofoam Stamps

These hand-made stamps almost always make it to the "art table" when friends come over to play, and are the catalyst for so many creative projects--collages, invitations, illustrations for stories...so many possibilities!

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This project is a really cool idea, but I wanted to comment that the kind of styrofoam you use can really make a difference. We tried it with some styrofoam that turned out to be really difficult to work with. We weren't able to make clean impressions--in

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Whoops, I got cut off! I was trying to say that the styrofoam flaked off in little hexagonal chunks, so it was hard to get clean designs. Still a cool project, just check what kind of styrofoam you have.

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