Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make Your Own Stamp?

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If you want to make an impression on the world, making your own stamp is one way to do it. You can personalize your own or make one for someone else as a gift.

In this article, I will guide you on how to make your own stamp.

You might think that this is an ambitious project, but it’s actually quite easy to do.

Don’t worry; this isn’t just for hardcore DIYers. You can do it too, even if you’re not a crafty person.

If you’re ready to get started, keep reading below.

What is Stamp-Making?

Before you jump into making your own stamp, let’s get some basics out of the way. Stamp-making involves the process of making a stamp that you can use to impress images, patterns, or text onto paper, fabric, or other surfaces.

Pre-Made vs. Homemade Stamps: Why Make Your Own Stamp?

Most of the time, stamps are sold pre-made. You just have to choose among the existing designs and then start stamping.

But what if you want a design that’s off the market? Or what if you want something unique and personalized? In that case, you can order custom rubber stamps or make your own stamp!

If you want to have your stamp custom-made, check out our self-inking stamps.

But if you want to make your own, keep reading to learn how to create your own stamp.

DIY Stamp Making Essentials

Making your own rubber stamps isn’t as complicated as you think.  Sure, those intricate designs and details may seem impossible to recreate. But with a little patience and some practice, it is definitely possible.

Follow along to learn how to create stamps.

Gathering Materials For Your DIY Stamp

Gathering Necessary Materials

Like all crafts and DIY projects, making your own stamp is easier when you have the right materials and tools.

Here are the things you’ll need to get started:

Carving Tools

You’ll need some carving tools to make your design. 

You can go old-school with wood carving tools. But if you want something made explicitly for soft printing materials like DIY stamp rubber, you can check out linoleum cutters and an X-acto knife.

Just make sure whatever carving tool you choose has a straight blade and gives you the control and precision you need for making stamps.

Ink or Paint

Something that’s just as important as your stamp is how you apply it to your paper. You can use an ink pad — it’s easy and convenient.

But have you considered using acrylic paint? It’s a great way to add color and texture, and it also makes your stamp stand out from the rest. Just avoid watercolors, though, because they will saturate the paper and might weaken it. And leave oils alone, too; their heavy pigments can easily degrade your rubber.

Cutting Mat

A cutting mat is not really a necessity when making a custom stamp. But having one can help you avoid making a mess of your work surface. If you don’t have one, just place a piece of scrap paper or cloth on your working space before you start carving.

Mounting Tools

Mounting tools are also optional materials. Oftentimes, stamps have handles. These handles protect your stamp from damage and make it easier to apply pressure evenly when stamping.

You can use wood or plastic as the stamp handle. Just make sure that the handle is bigger than your stamp design. To mount your stamp, you need adhesives. You can use a double-stick cushion or glue for this.

Rubber for Stamp Making: A Key Ingredient

You need to find a medium where you can carve your design. If you want more control and space to experiment, I would suggest getting a rubber carving block from a craft store or online.

Rubber is the most common material used for stamp making. It’s easy to find and inexpensive. You can use linoleum sheets, too.

Stamp Design Basics

When designing your stamp, keep in mind that the white space will mark where the ink will not get printed onto paper. It’s a good idea to use simple designs to start with until you are more comfortable with the process.

6 Steps on How to Make Your Own Stamp

Once you have your materials and tools, you are ready to make a homemade stamp.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you along the way:

Step 1: Preparing the Design

Before you start carving your stamp, you must have a clear and precise design to work from. You can design your own stamp in several ways.

Preparing the Design

Draw Your Own Design

If you are a skilled artist or just really enjoy drawing, you can draw your own stamp design. You can draw easy stamp designs like a flower or a star or more complex designs like an animal. You can even make a stamp with signature as the design.

You can draw directly on the rubber carving block. Or you can draw on paper and then transfer the design to your medium.

Use Digital Tools

You can also create your stamp design on a computer and print it out. If you have access to a laser printer or an inkjet printer, this is the easiest option.

There are many digital tools you can use to create your stamp design. You can use computer programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop or a drawing on your device.

You can also find fantastic rubber stamp designs online, so you don’t have to design your own. You can find free designs, or you can purchase one if you want a unique stamp.

Stamp Design Tips

To save yourself from headaches, try these tips for creating a stamp design:

  • Keep it simple – use as few lines as possible.
  • Consider size – smaller designs can be trickier to carve.
  • Don’t forget white space – ensure there is enough space between lines so the ink doesn’t overlap.

Step 2: Transferring the Design

Transferring the Design

Once you have your design ready, you will need to transfer it to the rubber block or linoleum sheet.

Here are some techniques you can try for transferring the design:

  • Draw directly onto the block or sheet.
  • Trace the design onto the medium.
  • Use a transfer sheet like carbon paper.
  • Print the design onto the rubber or linoleum.

Step 3: Carve Your Stamp

Carve Your Stamp

Now, it’s time to carve your stamp. The most important thing you need to remember when making a homemade stamp is to take your time while carving your design.  Don’t rush it!

A helpful tip is to keep in mind that your carving tool’s blade should only go about 1/8 inch deep into your carving block. If you go any deeper, there’s a chance the block or sheet might crack or crumble. So, be gentle and go slow to get the best results. 

For safety, always carve away from your body. Carving is a tedious task that can cause muscle strain, so take breaks as necessary.

Reminder: If you are a child or have mobility issues, ask for assistance from an adult.

Step 4: Mounting the Custom Stamp

Mounting the Stamp

Once you finish carving, it’s time to mount your stamp. You can mount your stamp on wood, rubber, or plastic. Mounting your stamp on  ensures that it will last longer.

How does it help?

Mounting gives your stamp a solid base, so you don’t have to hold the stamp directly. It also prevents the ink from getting on your hands and making a mess.

You can use a double-stick cushion to mount your stamp. A double-stick cushion is a piece of foam that has adhesive on both sides.

  • Peel off the backing and place your stamp onto the foam.
  • Cut the cushion by tracing around your stamp.
  • Peel off the other side of the cushion and stick it into your solid base.

Alternatively, you can lay your stamp on a flat surface and press down a piece of paper on it gently to make an impression. Or use glue as adhesive.

Step 5: Testing Your Custom Stamp

Testing Your Custom Stamp

Now, it’s time to ink/paint and test it. To do this, dip your stamp into your stamp pad or a small container filled with ink or paint. Or you can lay your stamp and paint it using a roller or brush. Make sure that your stamp is completely covered before using it for the first time.

Once finished, press down firmly on a piece of paper and watch as your design comes to life. Check if the impression shows the desired image, and adjust your stamp if needed. You can create another stamp if the result isn’t to your liking.

Step 6: Ink, Press, and Repeat!

Ink, Press, and Repeat!+

If you’re happy with the way your stamp works, you can start using it to print your design on any surface.

Just make sure to clean your stamp and dry it before using it on different surfaces. You can use your stamp to create fun designs on paper, wood, and more.

Alternative Methods To Homemade Rubber Stamps

While this process is the most popular method for making stamps, there are also alternative methods you can try.

Using DIY Stamp Kits

Pre-prepared stamp kits include everything you need to create your own stamp. Some even have a printed design on them already. These stamp kits are perfect for beginners who want to try their hand at stamp-making without a lot of prep work.

Exploring Easy Stamp Design Software

You see, you don’t have to be a graphic designer or artist to create your own custom stamp design. There are tons of stamp design software online that can help make the process much easier.

Other Materials You Can Use to Make Your Own Stamps

Other Materials You Can Use to Make Your Own Stamps

Apart from rubber carving blocks and linoleum sheets, you can also use other materials to make your own stamps.

Here are some of the most common ones:

Rubber Eraser

If you just need a small stamp, you can use a rubber eraser as an alternative. You don’t need to buy a brand-new eraser for this. You can use your old rubber eraser; just ensure that the side you are carving on is smooth, flat, and clean.

However, rubber erasers may be a lot harder to carve than rubber carving blocks. Also, be careful while carving, as erasers are smaller and more delicate.

Sponge or Foam

Sponges and foams aren’t only for stamp pads. You can also use these materials to make your own stamps. Since these materials are soft, they are easy to work with. However, intricate details are hard to pull off with sponges and foams.


Potatoes don’t only belong to your kitchen. You can also use potatoes to make your own stamp. You can use a cookie cutter to carve a stamp out of potatoes or carve your own design on it.

The only downside to this material is that potatoes are perishable. You can only use it for a couple of days before it begins to rot. So, make sure to use it as soon as you can.


Wood is also a commonly used material for stamp making. But this material is hard to work with if you only have basic tools. You might need specific wood carving tools to create a stamp out of wood.

How To Make Your Own Stamp Pads?

Now that you know how to create your own stamp. You might also need DIY ink stamp pads. Stamp pads can make your stamping experience more enjoyable and convenient. You can purchase stamp pads at any craft store or office supply store.

But since you already made your own stamp, why not make your own stamp pads as well?

Here’s how:

  • Get any piece of foam or sponge that you can use as a stamp pad. It doesn’t need to be as thick as your mattress; around 1/2 or 3/4-inch thick is enough.
  • Cut the foam or sponge. Ensure that the pad is bigger than your stamp to cover the entire design.
  • Hot glue your foam (or sponge) on a styrofoam tray, dessert-sized plastic plate, or any other piece of plastic that you can use as a case. Ensure that the case is bigger than the pad.
  • Then, smear or pour ink on your stamp pad.
  • Finally, press down your stamp on top of the foam or sponge. Test your stamp by pressing it on a piece of paper.

Now that you have your stamp and stamp pads ready, you can start stamping!

How to Make Your Own Stamp (FAQs)

How to Make a Stamp at Home?

You can make a stamp using materials you have at home. All you need are three items: a carving block, a carving tool, and ink. For carving blocks, you can use rubber, eraser, wood, sponges, or even potatoes. Then, use a knife or get a specific stamp-carving tool.

What Machine Do I Need to Make Rubber Stamps?

You can go the DIY route and make your own rubber stamps. This is a cheaper option. But if you want to make rubber stamps in bulk, it’s best to use a machine like a laser engraver and cutter.

What Ink is Best for Rubber Stamps?

Dye ink is the best kind of ink to use when making rubber stamps. This type of ink dries quickly and won’t bleed easily. Paper absorbs dye ink fast, so I recommend dye ink for your DIY rubber stamps.

How to Make Online Rubber Stamp Free?

There are free and user-friendly online stamp makers available that allow you to create your own stamp design. You have the flexibility to modify your design as many times as you want, whether you want to add text, logo, or image. It also lets you save your designs and download them in various sizes.


Hopefully, you’ve found this article awesome. As you can see, making your own stamp is not as hard as you may have thought. It’s a great way to make your own mark on the world, and it can also be a lot of fun to do.

You can use your stamp for anything from your mail to marking off items on a grocery list.

But if you feel like this isn’t for you or if the design you need requires a level of detail, you can order a custom rubber stamp instead.

You can always come back here once you’re ready to make your own. And I’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

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