By Noreen Doll.
Make plastic lid stamps using recycled lids and foam stickers.
Foam stickers come in a huge variety of subjects. You can find animals, vehicles, flowers and shapes for kids.
During the holidays you can find cats, bats, ghosts, spiders and more for Halloween. There are trees, bells, snowflakes, gingerbread men and snowmen for Christmas. And at Easter you will see chicks, ducks, bunnies and eggs.
Foam stickers can be found in Walmart or Target, craft stores, and Dollar stores, often costing only a dollar or two.
Save the plastic lids from containers, particularly the larger hard plastic ones. They are perfect for attaching stickers, and easy to use as stamps.
Hard Plastic Lids
How to Make Plastic Lid Stamps.
1. From an assortment of foam stickers, choose 2 of identical size and shape. They don’t have to be the same color.
Peel the back off one of the stickers and attach it to the top of the other, matching edges as well as possible.
It won’t hurt if they aren’t exactly perfect. You can trim off the excess or just leave it.
2. Select a lid that is large enough for the entire foam sticker to fit on.
Remove the backing from the sticker and center it on the lid. Press it on the lid thoroughly.
3. The stamp is ready to use. It’s easy to make several plastic lid stamps while you are making them.
These stamps can be used with paint or ink. I used ink for this photo.
After using the stamps, you can stamp them several times on a scrap sheet of paper or a paper towel.
Gently clean these plastic lid stamps and they can be used several times.
Try this fun and easy way to recycle.
If the sticker is very thin (as the snowflake was) you could use 3 layers of stickers so the lid won’t get inked every time the stamp does.
If you get ink or paint on the edge of the lid, you can wipe it off with a paper towel before you stamp so it doesn’t get stamped on the paper.
Have a large sheet of butcher paper or brown kraft paper ready for when you clean the stamps.
You can stamp the excess ink several times on the butcher or kraft paper, and then use it for gift wrapping. This way you don’t waste the ink.
I’m not sure how well the stickers will stand up to water, so I would just gently wipe the surface with a damp paper towel.
Use larger round lids, such as those on oatmeal boxes or shortening cans, to hold paint for kids to use.
© Noreen Doll