Stuck for ideas on a different craft activity to do over the school Easter holidays ? Then have a go at creating your own rubber stamp to make cards, fabric pouches, t-shirt patterns etc. This is such a perfect Easter craft project to enjoy with your children, friends and family. Note: for young children, best let an dult do the actual carving as the tools are sharp! They will love the printing bit best!
Most good craft suppliers will sell rubber stamp kits. However I love this version which is by ‘yellow owl workshop’ as their pack was a starter kit. These are great as you get everything inside to get you going. If anyone is interested I bought mine from https://www.fredaldous.co.uk as they offer a great range of craft and art supllies with good delivery. The starter kit came with a range of templates too which looked lovely and colourful and is sorted by skill level. However nothing stops you from designing your own and drawing it directly onto the rubber itself. We had jazz music on in the background, and the clocks had moved forward by an hour so the light outside was wonderful, making Sunday morning, the perfect opportunity for our girlie craft morning. So with a fresh tea steaming beside me, little Bo and I sat down to choose our design, and with Easter not far off we decided on this cute bunny! I drew around the bunny template onto a piece of paper ready to transfer it onto the surface of the stamp before carving.
Once you have transferred your image onto the rubber part of the stamp, you can begin to carve out around the pencil line. Little Bo loved the curly twirly bits and collected them in a dish!
Then comes the fun bit of carving away the excess rubber so that you are left with a raised area of your chosen design. It was like carving butter, so smooth and very calming.
Voila! We had two colours for our bunny as we wanted to be able to print him onto fabric too. If you find some unwanted bits show up when you stamp, just carve them off until your image is crystal clear and how you want it. Little Bo loved stamping away with him!
Little Bo soon got the hang of printing onto fabric. We are going to make this into a zipped pouch and we used Linen. We are also going to print him onto a t-shirt for an Easter gift! Most shops will sell plain cotton t-shirts. Remember to use ink for fabric and heat set it with a dry iron before washing.
White A4 card folded in half makes lovely cards to give to grandparents and family and friends. We hope you enjoy this Easter craft activity and that you have a wonderful celebration with maybe a chocolate or two throws in!! Wishing you a very Happy Easter! and of course Happy Crafting!