Here is a project to help chase the mid-winter blues away that uses items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Make a card, decorate a letter, or embellish a journal entry with our stamp and print making instructions below. You can also use this method to make something special for your valentine whether that’s a friend, family member, or special someone. Get together with friends or family to make projects together or set out the supplies in the breakroom at work to brighten up your lunch break.
-tetra Pak* or Styrofoam
-sharp object to trace design (pen, pencil, screw driver, end of paint brush)
-paint or ink
-brush or roller to apply paint or ink
-paper, cardstock, watercolor paper or blank cards
Wash and dry carton or foam tray. Cut into a square or rectangle that is slightly smaller than the paper or card. Use the sharp object, pressingly firmly, to draw the design. You can use different types of sharp tools to get different sizes and types of marks & lines. The final print will be a reverse, so any letters or words would need to be written backwards. You can draw on a thin piece of paper and then flip it over and trace it to help get a reverse design.
Apply the paint or ink. You can use one color or blend multiple colors together. Once the paint or ink has been applied press on to the paper. You may be able to get multiple prints from one application of paint or ink.
You can also cut shapes out of the Styrofoam or tetra Pak to make stamps. Glue the shapes to a bottle cap or cork. Use paint or ink in the same way as above. You can also use a combination of these two techniques to create stamps that have a design imprinted on them.
*Tetra Pak is the container that shelf stable liquids often come in. They are used for broth, soups, and plant-based milks.