Making A Stamp Pad at Home

Start with a shallow plastic container, a thin sheet of foam or a sponge, some powdered dye, and rubbing alcohol. Then follow the instructions below to make your own stamp pad.


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The other day, I was making rubber stamps on bottle caps. Today's project is connected to that, but actually, I got the idea of making rubber stamps because of this. My son's school required them to bring a stamp pad and it was too late for me to get one when I realized that the stores are closed on Sundays. So, I tried looking for a remedy to the situation.


  • shallow plastic container or an old plastic crayon case
  • foam/sponge
  • white cotton cloth
  • scissors/cutters
  • hot glue
  • powdered dye
  • rubbing alcohol


  1. Measure the sponge based on the size of the case. Cut it out. Trim it if it is too thick so it won't absorb all of the liquid ink.
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  3. Cover it with cloth.
  4. Apply glue inside the crayon case and neatly place the covered sponge inside.
  5. Now, let's pour a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into 1 tsp powdered dye. Mix it thoroughly until all the powder is dissolved. You might want to add more alcohol, but see to it the it doesn't overpower the coloring.
  6. Pour mixture onto the covered sponge and let it absorb all of the liquid.
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  8. Do not pour everything yet as it might spill. Just make sure the sponge absorbs enough ink, then it will be ready to use.
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October 19, 2019

There are a few methods you can use to make your own stamp pad ink. One is to use watered down tempera paints or you can mix RIT clothing dye with alcohol.

Rubber stamps with red ink.

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