The process of making these stamps is simple and accessible! You can make them in any shape you like and use whatever type of paint you choose, making them good for many purposes. We are making these little bags for the teachers for Valentine’s Day (hope you can keep a secret!), filling them with tea- but you could use them for making t-shirts, wrapping paper or in creating large art pieces!
- Glue gun
- Fabric paint
- Muslin bags
- Paint brushes
We always find these items helpful too:
- Craft tray
- If you are using this for printing on fabric, such as a bag or t-shirt, cut a piece of cardboard a little bit smaller than the size of your bag or shirt and slide it in. (This prevents both sides from gluing together with the paint.)
- Sketch out your shape on your cardboard and cut it out. Cut two small rectangles or squares from your scraps to form a little handle. Glue your handle pieces on the back of your shape on top of each other.
- Don your smock. Paint your stamp with a thin layer of paint. While it is still wet, carefully apply it to your chosen surface. Allow to dry overnight. You can repeat this as many times as you like with your very own design, simply by adding another layer of paint! If you wanted to change the colour palette, just wipe it down in between. You could make multiple stamps and fit them together to form various geometric patterns if your children and/or students are older.
- To finish off our bags, we strung a few beads on the ends of the ties and then popped in our treats. Tip: A BBQ skewer with the sharp end cut off by an adult can be handy to help clearing the channel of beads and/or pushing the string through!
- Pop in a little treat- a package of crayons, a small book, tea for your teachers etc.
- Extend this idea by dipping the bags in fabric dye first (allowing to dry and stamping over) or using it for other materials (paper bags, tea towels, t-shirts).
What are your favorite Valentine favors to make with kids?
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