How cute are these HEART STAMPS L and I made last week? Nobody would know by looking at the girls’ outfits that the hearts were made with a cardboard tube, but they were! This is such a simple craft, little hands can do the stamping all by themselves. Any imperfections make the final product even sweeter…that’s the sign that they were made with love. : ) After making Valentine’s outfits for the girls, we went on to stamp a pillowcase for L’s bed and some tea towel-dishcloths to give away as gifts. As I often say, the possibilities are endless!
- cardboard tubes
- acrylic paints
- old lids or plates
- placemats or thin cardboard (to protect surfaces)
- shirts, leggings, tea towels, pillowcase, tablecloth, etc
To make your heart stamps, simply squash a cardboard tube in half gently. Then, push one crease inwards to create a heart shape. You can roll a rubber band over the tube to help hold the shape.
Next, test your stamp out and have your little one practice a bit on paper. Just put the tube end into a little paint, and then, press down on a flat surface.
Make sure whatever you are stamping is nice and flat. Run an iron over any clothes or towels. When stamping shirts or pillowcases, it’s a good idea to put a thin piece of cardboard in-between the clothing’s layers too. That way the paint won’t seep through the cloth and onto the other side.
Finally, stamp away!
We used red paint, glitter paint, and some white paint to make our hearts. Really though, you could use any colors and they’d be just as precious!
I love the little sideways, topsy-turvy hearts…simply “falling” in love.
Happy Valentine’s crafting!!!