I can’t believe I never wrote about these awesome wine cork stamps? I made them last year for the start of my book tour. One of the art activities I presented on my tour was making garland. Sometimes I had the teeniest spaces with hardly any space for making art, so I needed an idea that was not messy, used small supplies (as in small in size), and was still engaging for all ages.
Come see how this idea turned out!
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**This giveaway has ended**
But first, I want to tell you about this special Holiday Giveaway I am running on Instagram. I am giving away a signed copy of my book, plus a set of my favorite watercolors and watercolor paper, plus a set of these homemade stamps and an ink pad! This gift pack has a $50 value, not including the handmade stamps.
To enter: Leave a comment both here and on Instagram. That’s it! Giveaway ends on Thursday night, December 14, at 8pm EST. I will ship out the gifts on Friday in hopes that they arrive by Christmas. (Sorry, this is only for US residents.)
And now onto the cork stamps…
Supplies for Wine Cork Stamps
~ Wine corks (if you don’t drink wine, you can buy them here)
~ Exacto knife and scissors (you can make these without an Exacto)
~ Glue gun
~ Ink pads (I buy pigment ink pads from Colorbox)
How to Make the Wine Cork Stamps
1. Cut shapes out of the craft foam.
2. Use the hot glue gun to glue the foam to flattest side of the cork.
My own children tried out the stamps first paired with liquid watercolors. Although I love loved how they turned out, I was afraid that smaller children might blend the watercolor with the black ink and it would get muddy. Plus some books stores didn’t want me to bring any paint. So I went to plan B.
I decided to just set out markers, crayons, some collage bits with glue sticks, and paint sticks. I supplied only black ink pads. If I had set out several colors, then they would just get contaminated with all the different kids coming through (and I cherish my ink pads and like them to stay clean!)
Supplies for Flag Garland
~ Paper (card stock works best)
~ Crayons (I peel the paper off by soaking in water)
~ Collage hearts (made from old art using this heart punch)
I witnessed such creativity with only these few supplies, it was so fun to see. And everyone, from 5-year olds to teens to parents, was jostling for a place at the table so they could make some art.
Here I am signing books. There was a line out the door at this event since it was in my home town. And it was absolutely so heart warning to see how engaged everyone was with this simple art invitation.
You can clean the cork stamps with a damp paper towel, this way you can clean in between colors!
Good luck with the giveaway!
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Did you like this post? Here are some stamped garland ideas: