Printing with Recycled Styrofoam

Alright folks... ready to make some more art with me?!!  I promise you it won't cost much.  This simple art project uses recycled materials!

Recycled Styrofoam Prints Tutorial

Styrofoam- you can use a take-out box or other food packaging
Ballpoint Pen
Corrugated Cardboard or Wooden Block
Tacky Glue
Acrylic Craft Paints
Foam Brush or Paint Brush

Step 1:  Cut out a section of Styrofoam with scissors and make your print design by pressing into the Styrofoam with a ballpoint pen.

Don't be intimidated by making a design.  Even if you don't draw you can make a simple design with lines. Heck, you could even scribble on this and it would still be cool :)

Recycled Styrofoam Stamps

Step 2:  Apply Tacky Glue to the back of your Styrofoam design block and glue it to a piece of cardboard or a wooden block.  Set your foam block under some heavy books to dry for about 10 minutes.

Step 3:  Apply acrylic craft paint to your foam design block with a foam brush or paint brush.

Step 4:  Place your painted foam block face down on paper and press it down to transfer the paint to your paper.  Remove the block to see the print you created!
Prints from Recycled Styrofoam Stamps

All that's left to do is experiment with more designs and colors.  You can try painting multiple colors on your block to make some more interesting prints.

Happy printmaking!


  1. Oh, yes! Love it! but still did not try even. It is beautiful!

  2. Great idea! I've been wanting to try stamping fabric. I'll have to use this technique to make stamps


  3. This looks like a great project to do with my granddaughter next week....maybe a BD gift for her mom???

  4. This is so cool! Who would have thought, styrophome. I'm going to have to give this a try!

  5. This is so clever! I will definitely use this to make easier stamps than having to carve them!

  6. Wow! That’s a very clever idea! Love it!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Have a fabulous August!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  7. Looks great. And so much cheaper than buying the actual stamp material. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  8. How pretty are these. I love them! Can you print on the a fabric too. Do you have tutorial for this that I can try out myself?

    Thank you so much,

  9. SorrY!
    Yes I did see the tutorial. Thank you Elise!

  10. Wow, this is such a great technique! I also love that it's so inexpensive by using otherwise "trashed" items. Thanks for sharing at the Project Stash!

  11. This is SO awesome! I love that you are using junk to make your stamps. I have been wanting to try making my own stamps, but I didn't have (or didn't think I had) the right materials on hand. Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. This is great! Just what has been on my mind all day today..stamping. I researched stamp making and found lots of ideas, but not this one! Thanks for sharing!
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

  13. These are great. I love your designs. What a great way to recycle take out boxes. Love these! Thanks for sharing!

    Linda @ Mixed Kreations

  14. just GREAT idea!!! i l o v e it!