How to Make DIY Stationery and Stamps

How to Make DIY Stationery and Stamps

Learn how to make your own stationery and stamps using these six DIY tricks!


By: Melissa A. Kay

Emailing and texting is great, don’t get me wrong; but there is something so much more personal about the art of letter-writing, especially on your very own stationery.

Why buy store-made, pre-packaged stationery when you can create your very own? All you’ll need is a nice paper stock in a shade that reflects your personal style and some easy-to-make stamps and decorations for the paper. You’ll look forward to sending hand-written notes to loved ones who will appreciate the time you’ve put in to show just how much you care.

1. Use a Sponge
Sponges are inexpensive to buy and can be used for more than scrubbing pots and pans. Cut out different shapes from a moist sponge and create beautiful patterns on stationery. Cut the sponge into little circles, hearts, diamonds, or any shape you can imagine.

Dip one side of the lightly damp sponge into a quick-drying paint colour of your choice — even water paints will do — and blot onto your paper. If the colour is dark, be sure to stay along the edges so you have room to write your note. The design possibilities are endless and each piece of stationery will have your unique touch.

2. A Leafy Surprise
Take a walk outdoors and collect leaves with nice shapes you find on the ground. You can incorporate the beauty of nature onto your stationery. Just like the sponge technique, you can dip the leaves into paint and press onto your stationery paper for a rustic and natural design. Be sure the leaves are not all dried out or they will crumble.

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3. Try Eraser Stamps
If you are into a little carving, you can carve shapes or even your initials into an eraser for monogrammed stationery. Simply buy a long rectangular or square-shaped eraser and get a small carving tool. Dig out the shape you want to make into the eraser or carve out letters.

Remember, you will need to carve the letter as though it is a mirror reflection so when you press the eraser to the paper, the letter is facing the right way. Dip the eraser into a fast-drying paint or ink and press your shape onto the paper. These erasers can be used time and time again for new stationery once you’ve run out.

4. Repurposed Cotton Balls
Cotton balls can be used similarly to the sponge method, but the prints will come out looking more delicate and whimsical. Try this technique: Dip a cotton ball lightly in one colour and dot all around the edges of your paper. Once dry, add another layer of paint in a different coordinating shade. Repeat the process until you have a nice layered look with great depth of colour. Whoever receives your letter will never know how you made such a complex looking piece of stationery!

5. Exotic Washi Tape
Washi tapes come in all sorts of pretty designs, patterns and colours. You can line the edges of your paper with neatly cut pieces of the tape and you can even mix and match patterns and colours. Using Washi tape ensures you’ll have clean lines and neat designs. Try using Washi tape on postcards, too.

6. Get Shiny
Glitter is a great option for those looking for a bit of bling in their stationery. The shiny colours and different sized pieces of glitter will make your paper dazzle. Try lining the corners of your paper with a thin layer of glue and dip the edge into the glitter of your choice. You can also use glitter around all the edges of the paper for a clean-cut design. If you are a little more daring, you can draw swirly shapes with the glue and sprinkle the glitter on top. The end result is perfect for party invitations or holiday greeting cards.

Tip: Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes, too!

Have you created your own stationery? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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