Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DIY Wooden Handled Heart Stamps

Valentine's Day isn't my favorite holiday, but I am a fan of the heart shape. . . So I whipped a craft that can either be for Valentine's Day or those who just like a good heart - a cute little wooden handled heart stamp -
What you need:
  • 2 inch wooden disks
  • wooden dowel ends
  • a sheet of craft foam
  • scissors
  • wood glue
  • white glue (or sticker maker)
  • red and/or pink paint
  • paint brush
  • stamp pad
  • blank note cards
(everything was picked up at my local craft store)

First step in making your heart stamps is painting what will be your handle.  You can paint the disk, you can paint dowel ends, you can paint them both, or you can choose not to paint any of it and you can totally skip this skip. Paint the disks on the top and around the sides, leave the bottom unpainted. Paint wooden dowel ends, I choose only to paint the tips and left the rest unpainted - I liked the look of the wood.  All the painted pieces needed two coats of paint for even coverage.

Once the paint has dried it is time to attach the two pieces of your handle - a little dap of wood glue will do you. While your glue is drying we can cut what will end being the stamp part of your stamp. This part is super easy, using your scissors just freehand cut hearts out of your craft foam. Just make sure your hearts are smaller than your wooden disks.

Next it is time to attach your stamp to it's handle, you can use your finger to add a smooth thin layer of white glue to the back of your craft foam heart (or you can run it through a sticker make) and then attach it to the bottom of the handle. . .

Now get to stamping! 

Note: don't skimp on super cheap ink, it does make a difference (see above)

1 comment:

Amy said...

This is awesome, I've always wanted to know how to make a stamp. ^_^