DIY: How to Make Your Own Stamps

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I was inspired to try this DIY after seeing the stamps Christina posted about a few weeks ago. I loved how simple they were and wondered if I could try to make one myself. So I did... and you can too. Most of the materials are ones you probably have on hand...

Step 1:
Gather your materials: an x-acto knife, cuticle trimmer, pen and eraser.

Step 2:
Draw out your shape - I would start with a simple shape like this heart. But once you get the hang of it, you could really do any shape you'd like.

Step 3:
Use your X-acto knife to go over the lines you just drew. Don't go all the way through the eraser.

Step 4:
Next you need to use the X-acto knife to make a cross hatch pattern on the parts on the negative space (or rather, the parts you want to go away).

Step 5:
Finally, you'll need to turn the eraser on its side and cut across all those cross hatch cuts like this:
Step 5:
Use your cuticle trimmer to smooth out any edges. Now you can make lines and patterns (or even a name!) using your X-acto knife.

And start stamping!

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  1. erikamommy1:53 AM

    that is so cool! margot will love this!! i will be buying some erasers today! thanks

  2. Lillymom2:21 AM

    You, my dear, are a brilliant crafter & teacher. We will have to try this out : ) Thanks for the idea.

  3. Kwana2:35 AM

    Very cute!

  4. amy and ann2:44 AM

    have you ever used styrophome plates or cups and cut them into squares adn draw with a pen on them then ink then up, lay paper over and use a roller to rool stamp oout onto paper? I love doing that bc its even easier! XO. miss you. Let's talk today.

  5. PS~Erin4:56 AM

    Brilliant! Love this. And I have everything I need on hand. That makes me happy :-)

  6. Magchunk6:04 AM

    What a good idea! And reusable, unlike a potato stamp.

  7. Dionne8:18 AM

    These are lovely. Handmade stamps make such a cute gift!

  8. simplesong2:36 AM

    great tutorial! thanks for sharing.

  9. Pattie8:37 AM

    I did always wonder...thanks for sharing :)

  10. Rachel Follett10:19 AM

    This is fantastic! I have been wanting to make my own! Very cool! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. photojoy8:07 PM

    Making eraser stamps is popular among girls and young mothers here too but I've never thought of doing this for my own. (Wow, I'm not that young.) You are so creative and energetic as always.