If you’re in the habit of collecting things like I am, you likely have a bunch of wine corks taking up residence in the cookie jar just begging to be put to some kinda use. Ya do, don’t ya? Well guess what, I know just the thing. Cork letter stamps. These are useful and cute, they lend gobs of personality to cards, gift wrap, artwork, blogposts… and best of all, with a few simple tools and materials, they are pretty easy to make.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- many corks
- craft foam (Note: You’ll be using craft foam to create the letter part of the stamps. Because this project requires only tiny pieces of foam, this is the perfect opportunity to use up any odds and ends you have kicking around.)
- small, fine-tipped scissors (I found a pair in my Christmas stocking… Thank you Santa!)
- foam craft glue (I used Aleene’s FunCraft Foam Glue. It’s good stuff. Other glues might work too but I suggest testing them out first. Foam can be tricky where adhesion is concerned.)
- small handsaw
Step 1. Prepare your cork. Start by cutting off the skewered end of the cork with a small handsaw.
Step 2. Then, with a piece of sandpaper, smooth down the freshly cut cork surface and round off the edge. This is to be your glueing surface.
Step 3. (Not shown) Quickly wash your cork in water to remove any dust. Allow cork to dry.
Step 6. Dab a thin layer of foam craft glue (I suggest Aleene’s FunCraft Foam Glue) to the FRONT of the letter (You need to glue it on backwards for your stamped letter to have the correct orientation.)
Now… make the rest of the alphabet, numbers, punctuation (I totally missed the punctuation boat…), symbols, invent whole brand-new fonts if you like man! Jiminy Cricket, the sky’s the limit, eh?
I asked the Boy to write out his alphabet and numbers…
Then o’course I had to make my very own font. Stands to reason. Look how different our fonts are. Isn’t that swell?
Oh the fun I’ll be having with these, just you wait. Boisy, I’m going to be playing!
Okay. So the cookie jar is empty… Who around here’s gonna make me some cookies? Anyone?… Hello?…