st. patrick's day shamrock stamp craft for kids

February 28, 2011

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Do you have any dollar store foam hearts left over from valentines day crafts? Don't pack them up yet! I used some of ours to make this shamrock stamp.
what you need
Here are the pieces I used--three hearts and I cut the x into a stem shape. I used a bottle cap for the stamper. You could use just about anything...
the stamp
Here it is assembled and ready to go!
a little too much paint
For the past few years, I've seen people using these foam stickers as stamps, but I've never tried it with Juliet till now. We took a few times to figure out exactly how much paint worked best--here we got a little too much. Also, we found that the stamp slides across the paper very easily, so it is easy to smudge the shamrock if you are not really steady.
stamped shamrocks
But eventually, we got a few good ones.
shamrocks a plenty
Even the messy ones are pretty cute in a modern art kind of way.

I'm working on a St. Patrick's Day booklist for you this week!
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7 comments:

Phyllis said...

This is great. I am putting it at Beautiful Ideas.
http://beautifulideas-bergblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/st-patricks-day-stamp-from-valentines.html

Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket said...

You beat me to it! I was just thinking the same thing yesterday as I was peeling our foam hearts off Claire's building blocks! LOL!

By the way, ink works really well with these foam stickers, just pat the ink pad a bunch of times with the stamp for even application...you can't "over do" it then.

I like the messy ones too, the texture is cool!

Rhonda said...

I loved this idea. I didn't have the right kind of "top." All of ours have ridges that are higher than the stickers. We had an epic fail when we tried using cardboard instead. Kenly still had a blast. Perhaps we'll try tomorrow with a stamp pad. Thanks for sharing. I'm always up for an adventure in art.

silly eagle books said...

Thanks, Phyllis!

Regina--ha! I know--sometimes I like it when someone else beats me to a post that way I don't have to spend time writing it. :) I remember your heart stamps and have been meaning to try it. Our stamp pad is a nice muddy brown now...so I had to go with the paint. It's good to hear that the ink makes it less slide-y.

Rhonda--do you have a wooden block or maybe some other piece of plastic? I agree--it's always fun with art even if it doesn't end up the way you expect it to. Sometimes, it's even better! :)

Philippa said...

what a great idea! - we have used hearts to make flowers but never shamrocks

Silver Rose said...

This is fantastic and I love that you made it yourself!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Fantastic Idea and Blog. Now following via Rhonda (comment above) at Behind the Binky.

Kerri

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