In the process of making the last round of stamps I posted, I tried to make some checkbox stamps for using in my planner and failed miserably at cutting something that tiny out of foam. I had seen a few random pins about making stamps from pencil erasers so I figured I’d give it a try. Turns out, I get weirdly upset at the idea of destroying the eraser on a perfectly good pencil and unless you break the eraser off the pencil it’s comically large for something that I want to carry around with me. I did, in fact, try breaking the eraser off to start with. It was so tiny that it made it hard to use without getting ink all over my fingers, so I started looking around for something else to use instead.
I found these Pentel Clic Erasers for a few bucks at Target and started coming up with a plan. See, I was hoping that I could cut the eraser to any size I wanted, essentially making multiple stamps from each eraser and then use the pen/tube part as both storage and a handle for the erasers. For the most part, this worked surprisingly well, although there were a minor issue with getting the stamps to stay in the handle. For a quick look at how to make your own DIY eraser stamps, see the photo above, or keep reading for the full tutorial.
Start by cutting off a piece of your eraser – I cut mine to approximately a half inch each and was able to make 5 double sided stamps out of each “pen.”
Try to make your cuts as straight as possible otherwise the stamps won’t print evenly. You can always shave off some of the rubber to even it up but trust me, it’s way easier to just cut them straight in the first place.
Next, use your pencil to draw your design. Small geometric shapes are the easiest to start out with.
Now cut out around your design. I cut straight down about an 1/8 of an inch then used the tip of the Xacto knife to peel/slice the loose piece of eraser off the bottom of each cut out section.
You should be left with something that looks like this. Don’t worry about the pencil markings – you can either erase them (go figure, right?) or just leave them on the eraser and they’ll eventually rub off on their own.
Now, if you just want one tiny stamp, you can totally stop here and I won’t say a word. If you want a whole set of tiny stamps, repeat the above steps on each flat piece of eraser. I used both ends of each 1/2″ section of eraser so that I had a set of double ended stamps – the problem with this is that if you plan on using the retractable tube as a handle, they won’t stay in the tube when you turn it upside down. If you do want to make double sided stamps, these are just long enough that you can hold them without dipping your fingers in the ink pad, so it’s up to you whether you want slightly messy + more stamps or fewer stamps + no added clean up.
Once you’re completely finished with all of your cutting and stamping fun, just slide the stamps back into the tube and you have yourself a little storage case for them.
And that’s it! A quick and easy set of DIY eraser stamps to jazz up your to do lists and love notes.
Is anyone else thinking it would be fun to do a set of alphabet or number stamps? Or maybe a theme – like snowflakes or emojis?
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Part 2 of the Make Your Own Stamps series.
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