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Bottle Top Crafts: DIY Stamps

So as regular readers will know I’m on a bit of a quest at the moment to find some activities for toddlers to do with my one year old. She’s suddenly at that age where she wants to do ‘stuff’ but neither of us are quite sure what that ‘stuff’ is yet! Because toddlers are notorious for having short attention spans I like to use cheap or recycled materials where I can, bottle top crafts are perfect for this as it means I get an extra use out of all the bottles of milk she goes through! These DIY stamps are super simple to make and are a great way to help with fine motor skills too.

Bottle Top Crafts DIY Stamps a fun activity for toddlers

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Materials

Bottle tops (from milk bottles, squash, water etc)

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Paint

Paper

Foam stickers like these ones

How to make your DIY Stamps

Because I’m a great believer in activities that are easy to set up I used foam stickers that could be stuck straight onto the backs of the bottle tops. I used a couple of different types of stickers and also left some without. I think it’s nice to have a variety of colours here too if you can.

how to make stamps out of bottle tops

My daughter is a great fan of painting (lets not talk about finding the dining chair legs painted a few weeks back) but given bottle tops rather than a brush she did sit there and look at me, obviously questioning my sanity. I showed her with one stamp how to use it and she was away. The great thing about this bottle top craft is that as well as the obvious foam stamp they can also use the circle side of the bottle top to paint with, any plain bottle tops and your kid can also just have fun getting a bit messy. Hands and fingers will also be included so do keep some baby wipes handy, yes, that is a baby wipe you can see in the background!

bottle top crafts making stamps for toddler art activity

This is a great activity for helping your little one explore painting with new materials, using their fine motor skills and of course having fun!

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10 Comments

  1. 14th July 2015 / 9:02 am

    I really love this idea, so simple and so effective! The possibilities are endless 🙂

  2. 14th July 2015 / 11:23 am

    Such a great idea! I must try this with my little boy 🙂

    Helen X

  3. 14th July 2015 / 11:42 am

    What a great idea, such a good way to use up all those bottle caps too. We have a whole pack of foam stickers that we’ve not used too. I just need to stock up on paint!

  4. 14th July 2015 / 1:33 pm

    I love this idea – so easy to do and it makes all sorts of stamps possible.

  5. 14th July 2015 / 1:51 pm

    what a fantastic idea, defo going to try this with the kids x

  6. 14th July 2015 / 5:29 pm

    I love your DIY stamps!! I made some similar to this years ago, but I mounted them on wooden blocks, bottle tops are much more sensible though, especially for disposable craft stamps.

    Great post and activity to do with your little one.

  7. 14th July 2015 / 7:32 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea Kate, she must love it – and an alternative to table leg painting! I’m sure my 4yo would too, she loves anything she can stamp with!

  8. 14th July 2015 / 7:33 pm

    Genius! What a fab idea – we have a whole bag of farm yard foam stickers and will for sure be following your amazing craft idea!
    Thank you x

  9. 15th July 2015 / 2:59 am

    I love this, it is such a cool idea and a great way of recycling bottle tops. So much fun

  10. 15th July 2015 / 11:27 am

    This is such a great idea and so much more interesting than shop bought ones x

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