Running Your Crafts Business Potato Stamp (1 of 1)

Published on May 9th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Make Custom Stamps from These Five Natural or Recycled Items

Stamping using a potatoIn my previous post, I claimed that carving your own stamps is vastly better (cheaper, more eco-friendly, more creative, producing a better result) than heading off to the nearest big-box craft store and coming home with a store-bought rubber stamp.

If you’re committed to reducing your footprint as a consumer, however, then even purchasing just the stamp carving blocks that will enable you to make all your own custom stamps can be just too much purchasing.

Fortunately, there are loads of recycled, upcycled, and natural materials that can also be carved into excellent stamps. Some can be composted after use, some can be recycled, and some can be kept until you’re next project, but they’re all great alternatives to store-bought lino blocks.

Here are five OTHER things that you can carve to make your own custom stamps:

pencil eraser stamp To make a teeny-tiny stamp perfect for gift tags or business cards, check out this pencil eraser stamp tutorial, courtesy of Creature Comforts.

For the best results, you’ll need to start with an unused eraser, but if you have any totally ancient pencils, now you finally have a purpose for their aged erasers that have become too stiff to actually use for erasing.

[The image on this page is the property of Creature Comforts.]

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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