DIY Holiday Stamp

By Nov 21, 201411 Comments

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Making a stamp is a great and easy way to add a little flair this holiday season. It sounds a little daunting, but it can actually be pretty quick and easy.

Leave your own special touch on every gift you give this Christmas with this easy to make DIY Holiday Stamp.

Make Your Own Holiday Stamp

You’ll need paper, pencil, a white polymer eraser, and a linoleum cutter. Linoleum cutters can be purchased online or in your local art store for $10-15. They’re a great investment for stamp-making (because, trust me, you’ll be making A LOT of stamps) and you can also use it to take next year’s Halloween pumpkins to the NEXT LEVEL!

Supplies needed to make your own holiday stamp.
Also, don’t let the size of the eraser limit you! If you want to try your hand at carving something a little larger, you can also buy what’s called a “carving block”, and they come in varying sizes.

You’ll start by cutting your eraser to the right size for your stamp. Trace the eraser on your paper a few times so you can doodle your design within the right parameters.

Trace your eraser so you can work within the right side.

What will you be using the stamp for? Gift tags? Envelopes? Holiday greetings? Starting out, it’s a good idea to keep your lines simple and bold. Maybe an initial? A snowflake? I decided to do some holly berries and leaves, so I doodled a few different designs and decided on my favorite.

Draw the image you want to carve for your holiday stamp.

To transfer the image from the paper to the eraser, lay the paper, design-side down, onto the eraser. Scribble over the back of the design and, like magic, the image will transfer!

Transfer the image to your eraser.

Remember, the image on the stamp will be the reverse of the printed image.

You want to leave the pencil portion on the eraser and carve away the white portion. It is unnecessary to carve deeply into the eraser. Instead, make smaller, superficial cuts.

Carve your eraser to make your holiday stamp.

It’s easiest to find a comfortable position for your hand to work in, and leave it there. Whenever possible, you should move the eraser underneath the cutting tip instead of your hand over the eraser. To make that easier, carve on top of a piece of paper- you’ll be able to turn the eraser smoothly. Carve from the center of your design outward.

Find a comfortable angle to hold your hand, and carve from the middle, out.

Once you get your design carved out, it’s time for a test run. Check out your stamp! There may be portions of the background that are picking up color (that you can carve down/cut away) or you may have missed a small bit in your design. Now’s your chance to go back and change it.

Test your stamp, to see if you need to carve deeper.

Just keep testing and carving away until you’re happy with it.

Now get stamping!


  • Emma says:

    Making my own stamps always seemed so intimidating – you make it seem doable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tsuki says:

    I carved some stamps this summer and it was SO much fun! I can’t wait to do more. I hadn’t thought about making some for Xmas wrapping.

  • Akaleistar says:

    What a fun project! A homemade stamp would be a great way to personalize cards this year.

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  • Sierra says:

    This is amazing! I love it!

  • Michelle says:

    That’s a great idea! My girls would love to create their own stamps. I never thought about making my own before, thanks! They can get pretty expensive to purchase new from what I’ve seen in stores. Plus, making them at home gives you a one-of-a-kind stamp, which is cool. 😉

  • Lauren Smith says:

    You’ve made this look so simple and fun! Thank you :-). I’ve been gathering ideas for the holidays to do with my children ages ten and twelve and this is perfect. I’m trying to get back to the basics after reading Susan Newman, Ph.D’s great book, Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day. The author explains so well how to create a warm, fun family environment that children will recall happily :-). You can find the author’s website here: http://www.susannewmanphd.com/

  • Laina Turner says:

    It does sound easy and I know my kids would love this.

  • Pam says:

    Thank you for this! I have done a lot of stamping but have never made my own stamps. (Too intimidating, I thought.) This doesn’t seem too difficult!

  • Bev says:

    I’ve been carving stamps for AEDM. I love your leaves! perfect for Dhristmas. Thanks for sharing your process.