DIY Stamps: Project Inspiration, Ideas & Tips for Adding Pattern to Your Rooms

DIY Stamps: Project Inspiration, Ideas & Tips for Adding Pattern to Your Rooms

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 21, 2015
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The power of DIY pattern is well within the grasps of even the most amateur of crafters thanks to the can't-mess-it-up charms of stamps. From throw pillows to hard surfaces and other spots on your home, a cute pattern (that you borrow from some element you've seen before or you make up on the spot) has the ability to transform any space into a dynamic, playful one. In this post: six things to remember about DIY stamping that will totally make your interiors more pretty and playful.

Just about any surface can be stamped

We often tend to think about stamping soft, pliable surfaces like fabric and paper, but hard surfaces can get a pattern boost with stamps, too, as seen in this tutorial on Make and Tell.

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Throw pillows stamp quite well

That being said, fabrics and paper do make for the perfect stamping surfaces, and throw pillows in particular. Because you can make a "plain" throw pillow so easily, you can bring a fresh, patterned look to your living room sofa, bed and lots of other places with throw pillows you update with new DIY stamp pattern ideas. The two images above found on Fish & Bull and Crafting Fingers.

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The great thing about stamps is you can play around with scale

And color! And the "amount" of individual stamps per square inch. You can really affect the amount of energy a pattern gives off when you play around with elements like scale and spacing, and creating your own DIY stamps gives you that opportunity. You can find a fun project for mini "confetti" stamps on For The Makers.

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Making your own stamps is pretty easy

Lots of tutorials online exist. The one pictured above is found on Curly Made. But try doing an online search for DIY stamp tutorials that are made from or use materials you're already comfortable or familiar with to become proficient at DIY stamping even faster.

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Potato stamps are still a thing and still awesome

Almost Makes Perfect has a great tutorial utilizing the spud for stamping that could be adapted for all kinds of clever home patterning ways.


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Aren't brush strokes just a looser, more casual kind of stamp?

If a stamp pretty much means applying paint or ink to a tool and stamping that tool onto a surface, one could make the argument that putting paint on a brush and using it in a stamp-like way could totally count. Therefore in your stamp play, don't forget about DIY stamp's bold cousin, the brushstroke. The photo above spotted on The Lovely Drawer.

Bold Brushstrokes: The Super Easy DIY Pattern Trend to Try

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