Making A Stamp Pad at Home

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November 15, 2019

Making A Stamp Pad at Home -pad and paper with stamped imagesThe 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
Making A Stamp Pad at Home - supplies


  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.
  2. Making A Stamp Pad at Home - cut sponge to size
  3. Cover it with cloth.
  4. Making A Stamp Pad at Home - cover with the fabric
  5. Apply glue inside the crayon case and neatly place the covered sponge inside.
  6. Making A Stamp Pad at Home - glue into the case

  7. 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.
  8. Making A Stamp Pad at Home - mixing alcohol with powered dye
  9. Pour mixture onto the covered sponge and let it absorb all of the liquid.
  10. Making A Stamp Pad at Home - slowly add liquid to the sponge, allow it to be absorbed
  11. Do not pour everything yet as it might spill. Just make sure the sponge absorbs enough ink, then it will be ready to use.
  12. Making A Stamp Pad at Home - inked sponge

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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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