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In this instructable you will not only learn how to decorate tissue paper for the holidays with stamps, but also how to make the stamps. These stamps are inexpensive, easy to make, and only take a few minutes to create! All you need to get started is a hot glue gun and some containers from a toy vending machine, found in the entrances or exits of grocery and toy stores. You know, the machines that you put in a quarter and out pops a little container with a bracelet, sticky hand, or sticker inside. All you need are a few of these containers for the actual stamp part: the clear holder part will serve as the handle (you only need one of these), and the lids (which will be interchangable) will be the stampers. Follow these instructions to make the stamp.

  • Toy Vending Machine capsules
  • hot glue gun
  • tissue paper
  • Acrylic paint

Time needed: 30 minutes for making and stamping, drying may take overnight.
Skill Level:
Pretty easy

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Step 1: Come Up with a Design

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For starters, come up with the design of the stamp you want. If it is for Christmas, you could make a snowflake, like mine. If it is for a Birthday, you could make a cake image. Draw what you want to make on a piece of paper as a guide. Then, lightly sketch onto the lid of the container your design.

Step 2: Glue Your Design On!

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Next, take your hot glue gun and trace over your design in hot glue. Make sure to squeeze slowly in long, thick lines. Thin lines won't turn out as well. Set aside for a few moments to dry. Then snap the lid back onto the rest of the container.

Your stamp is done! You may stop here and just make more interchangable lids/stampheads, then store them away. Or, proceed to the next step to learn how the stamping works, specifically on tissue paper for gifts!
That is cool! I've never thought of stamping like that!
Jessie Marie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! :)
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Very clever!