Did you know that you could make your own stamps with rubber bands and a block of wood?
It's an inexpensive way to give new life to cloth napkins, tablecloths, and more for pennies and it's what I'm sharing as part of this month's Thrifty Style Team.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post after reading the details of my easy DIY and click on the links below the Spring Home Ideas on a Tight Budget picture for shares from the entire team! They are amazing, as always.
Years ago I purchased a white tablecloth with matching napkins...12 I believe...and, I rarely used it. I ended up donating the tablecloth and most of the napkins but kept a few...no idea why, but I'm glad I did.
Even though I laundered the napkins before putting them away when I pulled them out recently, there were yellow stains.
I didn't want to use the napkins in this state so decided I had nothing to lose by hand stamping them with this easy method.
How To Make a Rubber Band Stamp
- Block of wood
- Rubber bands - you can get these from Amazon but they are much less expensive at Walmart of Dollar Tree
- Craft paint brush
- Fabric or Craft paint
Press the napkins or item you'll be using first to make sure there is a smooth surface before stamping.
Wrap rubber bands around the wooden block. I alternated between placing the bands across the wood both vertically and horizontally.
Cover rubber bands with paint...and stamp!
That's it. I tested the process first on paper and on a drop cloth just to make sure I liked it.
The stamp will not be perfect, and that's okay!
Once I was done and the paint was dry I pressed the napkin again using my Cricut press and that was it.
I plan on using my 'new' napkins for my Easter table but this simple pattern is one that can be used year round.
And now for the shares from the rest of the Thrifty Style Team!
Bumble Bee Craft Spring Floral Mason Jar - Our Crafty Mom
Salt Dough Rabbit Ornaments for Spring - DIY Beautify
Stamped Eggs for Spring - 2 Bees in a Pod
DIY 3D Paper Ornaments - Postcards from the Ridge
DIY Hand Stamped Napkins - The How-To Home (me!)
5 Thrifty, Chic and Simple Spring DIY Projects - The Tattered Pew
Magnolia Inspired Antique Brass Planter - Cottage on Bunker Hill
Thrifty Vintage Planters – Springtime Plants - Vin Yet Etc.
Easy DIY French Country Table Runner - Amy Sadler Designs
DIY Fresh Flower Wreath (and how to make it last) - Songbird Blog
An Easy Side Table Makeover With Fusion Mineral Paint - My Family Thyme