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Printing hearts with Styrofoam

I love the idea of making my own stamps. I’ve already tried a couple of things, such as shaping the rubber on the end of a pencil to make a bunting stamp. I also made stamps from craft foam and old bottle tops. This weeks’ effort involved recycling styrofoam sheets, we used the ones from ready-made pizzas, and printing hearts with styrofoam.

Printing hearts with Styrofoam

Equipment needed to make hearts with Styrofoam:
pointed end of a ballpoint pen lid
wooden heart
styrofoam sheet (we used one from a pizza box)
red paint
white paper

styrofoam printing

I pressed quite heavily and made sure I went round the heart twice as I wanted to make a deep impression in the styrofoam.

styrofoam printing 2

I covered the styrofoam in hearts then let my daughter paint it red which she really enjoyed.

printing with styrofoam

Then we carefully placed a sheet of white paper over the top and she pressed it down with a rolling pin.

styrofoam printing

When we removed the sheet of paper it left the impression of each heart really clearly. As the styrofoam was stippled the overall effect is perfect and the hearts were really clear.

We printed on a couple of sheets as I think they’ll make great Father’s Day cards for Daddy and Grandad. A really lovely craft with instant results, and it felt great making something which didn’t cost a penny!

printing with styrofoam
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    Lisa Prince (@BEAUTY_IIAO)
    May 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    what a fabulous idea , its soo great for the children to try new creative things and this would be great for old and young x

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    May 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    oh what a great idea! So simple and easy to do

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    Kate Thompson
    May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    What a lovely idea – really clever and so original. Might try something like this – easier than lino printing!

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      May 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Exactly! I’ve tried a couple of printing techniques but this was definitely the easiest 🙂

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    May 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    What a great idea and something I would like to try with my children . Thanks for sharing x

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    Model Mummy
    May 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    What a great idea! Looks really lovely – i love a good freebie post.
    Thank you for the idea!

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    Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade
    May 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    What a creative idea! I used to do similar things with potatoes when at school 😉

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    May 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I love this idea – super simple but really effective. Thanks for sharing x x

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    May 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    What a creative idea! A great way to use bits of styrofoam too!

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    May 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve pinned this, it’s such a clever idea and so effective.

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    Sarah Bailey
    May 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    What a great idea, I love how effective it is! x

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    May 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Brilliant idea, so creative x

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    May 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Love this – so simple and effective

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    Victoria Mylittlel
    May 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    great idea, im kind of into crafty things due to me trying to do my own decorations and its great idea

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    Hannah Staveley
    May 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Thats wicked , kids would have so much fun .x

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    laura redburn
    May 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    markmaking is the best! you can get messy and have a good fun time 🙂

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    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    May 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Great idea, I will have to try this with Dylan next time we have pizza!

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    Emma The Mini Mes and Me
    May 27, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Such a simple yet great idea! I love the idea of hearts for Father’s Day too x

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    May 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    What a fab idea, I am on the lookout for activities for the twins, this would be great x

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    Jo Middleton
    May 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve never thought of doing this, such a clever idea to use the Styrofoam from pizza! Looks like they will make lovely fathers day cards.

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    May 28, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    fantastic, I love printing with styrofoam, and have even cut apart cups to use for printing, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    Helen Dickinson
    May 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

    This looks like a fantastic idea. Thoughtfully planned out and inexpensive. Thank you for sharing.

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    Eileen Teo
    May 29, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Love it! Thank you for linking it with us #Pintorial

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    June 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

    We did this a long time ago and really enjoyed it! Lots of fun for little hands

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