To make your own set of hand stamped seed sacks you only need a few supplies: a foam sheet, wood blocks, linen bags, double-sided tape, paint/ink pads, and scissors.
1. Let the kids loose on the foam sheet. Instruct them to draw small blossoms and stems all over:
2. If they are old enough, let the little ones cut them out. If they are not, use a small pair of scissors (or even an xacto knife) to cut them out yourself
3. Gather an assortment of small wooden blocks that are just the right size for the cut shapes (mine ranged in size from 1 to 2.5" cubes)
4. Attach a piece of permanent double-sided tape to one side of the cutouts.
5. Take the shape and put the tape side down on the center of a wooden block. Push down on the foam shape to adhere it securely to the block.
6. Repeat steps four and five on all of the remaining foam shapes
7. Before letting the kids go crazy with the stamps, stick a piece of scrap paper inside the sacks to prevent colors from bleeding through.
8. Now it's time for the kids to go wild. Using thin layers of paint or pigment ink pads, the stamps work either way. I like the mix and match aspect most of all since your little ones have the freedom of expression -- they can use a variety of colors and combinations that is only limited by their imagination.
Let the paint dry completely and pack the sacks full of wildflower seeds or whatever plants you adore.
And just think, those stamps can be made into any shape your babes can dream up! Think mix and match monsters, faces, weather patterns, etc. I hope you and your little munchkins have a blast with this simple springtime project.
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