Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Silicone Stamp

I found this article on a method for making your own stamps, and was definitely intrigued as there was no carving involved.

You just need a tube of silicone caulking and something to put your stamp on, like a piece of plastic.

I have plenty of caulking lying around due to some bathroom leaks we fixed up, and a tin can lid for the base (though I definitely don't recommend it due to the sharp edges! Find some plastic instead!)

Then, just draw out the shape you want with the silicone! I chose a diglett.

A diglett. (source)

I waited a few hours for it to dry...

And instant stamp!

Definitely not professional quality, but it was painless and interesting.  I think if I had a better caulking tip (a.k.a. not a beat up and clogged one), it would have come out better.

This could also be fun for a kid craft project (if one could make sure the room was well ventilated from the caulk fumes), but mainly I see it as a cost-effective quick fix for those moments when you need a custom stamp just-right-this-very-instant.

Have you ever made a stamp before? Carving is the traditional DIY method - is it really as hard as it looks?


  1. I think this would be GREAT for the holidays! A lot of holiday shapes can be simple to draw (even for kids) and people will love that its hand made.

    (Also. He kind of looks like a tombstone. Sorry. But I don't know what a diglett is)

  2. Absolutely brilliant idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute idea! And I like the "homemade" quality of your stamp :)

  4. Wow, really creative and super cute! I'll have to try this!

  5. LOL... I had no idea where this post was going... and apparently after you let it dry, you're done! :oP Very cute though!!

  6. This is brilliant!! Visions of homemade stamps are now dancing in my head...


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