fun foam stamping

It was one of those exper­i­ments that went very smooth­ly and turned out amaz­ing­ly well, which does­n’t hap­pen too often for me but when it does, it’s super exciting!

Print­ing fab­ric with stamp made from craft foam (or, as adver­tised on the pack­age, “fun foam”)!

It’s REALLY easy. Every­thing about this project is encap­su­lat­ed in this photo.


I used:

Craft foam (it looks like this) that I bought from the dol­lar store (12 sheets for $1)

A piece of foam core that I found at work (it had an event poster mount­ed on it and they were throw­ing it out. But I’ve also seen foam core at the dol­lar store)

Acrylic paint and paint brush (from the dol­lar store, of course)

Glue stick (I found this amaz­ing Elmer glue at the dol­lar store! A bit of a theme going on here…)

A piece of fab­ric that was the rem­nant of a cur­tain that I was sewing for a friend. It feels like linen. Fab­ric with smooth tex­ture works best.

What I did:

1. Cut design out of craft foam. Exac­to knife works extreme­ly well with this stuff.

2. With Exac­to knife, Cut out a piece of foam core the same shape as the craft foam design but about 1/4″ larg­er all around.

3. With glue stick, apply a lib­er­al amount of glue on the foam core. Press craft foam design firm­ly onto where the glue is applied. Stamp is made! :D

Here’s a close­up of my leaf stamp, after it’s made a few prints…

4. Set stamp aside for a minute or two for the glue to dry. In the mean­while, mix a fun colour with acrylic paint, set out some scrap paper (paint will seep through fab­ric onto your work sur­face), and lay fab­ric on it.

5. Apply a thin lay­er of paint onto foam stamp with paint brush (not too much paint, but the stamp has to be wet). Test print on scrap paper.

6. Stamp away! The great thing about apply­ing paint with a brush is that you can have streaks of dif­fer­ent colours in one print! :D

7. If the fin­er details of the stamp starts to get gunked up with paint, use the cor­ner of the brush bris­tles to clean it out before mak­ing the next print.

8. Set fab­ric aside for a cou­ple of hours to dry. Place a tow­el on it, then iron at low heat to fix the colour.


And now we have a love­ly piece of print­ed fab­ric to do what­ev­er our hearts desire :D I sewed mine into a sim­ple draw­string bag. (there are lots of nice draw­string bag tuto­ri­als out there, like these ones, so I won’t repeat what I did here)


Place­mats, shirts, skirts, eye­glass­es case… the pos­si­bil­i­ties are endless! 

Have a great start to the week, everyone!



8 thoughts on “fun foam stamping

  1. Super cute, and won­der­ful lit­tle tuto­r­i­al!! I love the bag and think the red draw­string is just PERFECT!

    In the past when I’ve stamped acrylic paint onto fab­ric, I found that the paint made the fab­ric kind of stiff (maybe I used to much paint). But I recent­ly dis­cov­ered fab­ric medi­um that you mix in with your acrylic paint which solves that prob­lem; I love it!

    Have a great week,
    Kate :}

  2. thank you! acrylic does make the fab­ric kind of stiff… per­haps fab­ric paint would work bet­ter. also, i read some­where that fab­ric paint is just acrylic paint mixed with fab­ric soft­en­er (!!) not sure if that’s true or not… i should maybe give it a try :D

  3. Hi Trish,
    When check­ing my post­box today, I got a love­ly surprise…a let­ter from Cana­da. Your ‘squares’ are real­ly great and I am going to get a frame in Ikea, next time I am there, and mount the three togeth­er. I am thrilled to have them and once again thank you.
    I don’t get to Ikea very often, but when I have them framed I will send you a photo.
    Keep up your great creations.
    Best wish­es from Dublin. Sheila x

  4. Hi Trish, if you decide to do some more stamp-mak­ing, linoleum carvers work fan­tas­tic. I’ve used them on erasers to make stamps. Won­der if they would work with the mate­r­i­al you used. Love those leaf stamps, by the way :-). Beau­ti­ful! Your work is always so inspiring.

  5. oooh! i’ve used those cut­ting tools on lino blocks before, but nev­er used them on erasers! i was hop­ing to make some small­er stamps with erasers to make busi­ness cards! :D will have to get myself bet­ter ones — i got some real­ly cheap one and the tip came off while i was cut­ting! :S

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