2.21.2011

Spool Stamp Tutorial

Here’s another idea to use up some of those empty spools, it’s also a great project to do with kids.

Supplies:

empty spools

sticky back foam sheets

Exacto knife and/or scissors

This is a great project for the spools with the stubborn labels that are hard to take off because you won’t need to peel them off for this project.  spool stamps 1 Trace around the bottom of your spool on to the back (paper part) of the sticky backed foam sheet and cut out these circles.  You’ll need two circles of foam for each stamp, I like to use both ends of my spools.spool stamps 2 Peel off backing and stick one circle to the end of the spool this makes a good base for you design to go on and prevents the end of the spool from damaging your design.  I like to trim the excess foam from the edge of the spool with my exacto knife, but it’s not necessary.spools stamps 3Draw your design on the back of the foam.  The great part about this is if you choose to make letters or numbers they will be facing the correct way when they are stamped.spool stamps 4Cut out your design and stick it on top of the other piece of foam on the end of the spool.  I used my exacto knife to cut out the center and regular scissors to cut the edges.  If you are careful and save the foam pieces that you cut from your design you can make a stamp from those too and have a negative version of you design.  That can be a lot of fun for stamping with different colored inks.spool stamps 5Stamp away!  I like to accent these stamps with pen details.  These stamps aren’t as sharp as eraser stamps, but are much easier to make and only require basic supplies.   As you can see, I’m still making more button stamps.  Kids really love to make these and it’s an inexpensive way to make a lot of stamps.

I love to see you results if you give this project a try.

5 comments:

refibered said...

These are really cool! I've only recently become a craft foam addict (made lollipop mustaches! lol), and hadn't realized there is sticky back foam!

How about making a rolling stamp? You'd also need a little dowel (to fit through spool holes). Just wrap the craft foam around the spool (like your spool toy beads) and roll away!

k

mieljolie said...

Such a clever use for those spools! Never would have thought to use them for stamps. I really like refibered's idea to make them rolling, too! Thanks for sharing!

Mieljolie

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

What a fun projects! Doing it with kids is a great idea. I'm going to add this one to my list and link as well. Thanks for the how-to!

SewLindaAnn said...

YOU are brilliant!

Crafterella said...

Kelly (refibered) sticky back foam is the best!!! I love that roller stamp idea, I'm going to have to give it a try.

Mieljolie, I'd love to see your stamps if you give it a try.

Thanks Rachel,it's always exciting to be included on OnePrettyThing!

Aww, thanks LindaAnn :)