Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Easy-peasy button flower stamps

We've been inspired by the blossom and spring flowers bursting into bloom lately, and to paint some pretty flowers of our own we came up with these simply button stamps.

Great for decorating cards (Mother's Day, Easter, Birthdays or just because!); gift tags and wrapping paper.


DIY homemade button stamps stampers

Button stamped flowers gift wrap cards

Button stamped flowers gift wrap

Glue your buttons onto an old cork to make them easier for little hands to grasp. You'll need flat buttons (without a ridge around the edge or you won't get the central holes to show - or try flipping them over onto their backs).

I made some stamp pads by squeezing some poster paint onto a dish washing sponge.

And that's it, stamp away to your heart's content.  The circles lend themselves really well to flower petals, and it's a simple pattern for children to master.


DIY homemade ink pad stamping


Center Parcs in-house creative crafter, Emma Hull gives some great tips on creating your own flower paintings with kids:

"Create an effective blossom print by dipping your fingers in paint and using your fingertips for the flower. Don’t stop there! Experiment with potato prints cut in to different shapes -  this will really give your work of art that extra special touch".

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 March challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Woburn as it's just up the road from us!  But it's not open yet boooo so if that's not possible we'd like to try Sherwood as we've already been to Elveden a couple of times! 

31 comments:

  1. Cute idea, Liz. Will keep my fingers crossed that your idea wins. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  2. On my goodness you are a genius! I have never thought of using household sponges as stamp pads and now it just seems so obvious. The stamps are so simple and give a great effect too. Thank you!

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  3. Ha thank you! A rare moment of inspiration. It worked really well, I cut a sponge in half, squirted the paint on and rubbed it in a bit with the back of a spoon. It meant it was relatively mess free!

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  4. what a fab idea we have lots of corks int his house!

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  5. That is so pretty and what a clever idea for the stamp pads!

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  6. I wish I had some of your crafting talent Lizzie! Have pinned this for a later date x

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  7. Awwww this looks like a definite winner to me. Love the simplicity, the do ability and the final outcome... brilliant!

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    1. High praise indeed coming from you Maggy, thank you!

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  8. Such a pretty idea - and one that even the smallest hands can manage!

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    1. I love that littlies can do this themselves.

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  9. Just gorgeous. So so pretty. I would love a present wrapped in this xxx

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    1. Me too (I suspect I'll be getting a card like this!)

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  10. I really love these, so simple but really effective

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, glad you like x

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  11. That is such a simple but effective idea! Not that we have loads of old corks lying around or anything!!! :D

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  12. Oh I love that idea, I must tell my Miss E, she makes her own wrapping paper :)

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    1. Oh great, let me know how she gets on Jen x

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  13. Such lovely effects - great idea Liz! good luck with your entry, hope you get to go to Woburn x

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    1. Thank you Molly, it's been really exciting seeing it being built.

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  14. The only downfall of not drinking wine is not having corks around for crafting afterwards.Fingers crossed for the Centre Parcs challenge.

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  15. Really nice, but where do you find corks nowadays? Mich x

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  16. What a lovely idea. You wouldn't think you'd get such great results from something so easy to make. But it's so effective. Will be trying this with my boys x

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