Easy Kid-Made Stamp Wheels

Emily was so happy to make her own stamp wheel so she could create this fun rainy day picture! The stamp wheels were easy to make and made good use of recyclables.

We used some foam stickers we had on-hand, in this case, clouds and raindrops. Emily started by sticking the cloud stickers around an empty packaging tape tube. We try to find ways to recycle just about anything in our household!
Next, she used an ink pad on the stickers.
Then it was time to rock ‘n ROLL — all along the top edge of the paper! FUN!!
Repeat the process with the raindrop stickers to make another stamp wheel, and roll the raindrop stamps all over the paper. This rolling stamp thing — it just never gets old!
Don’t forget to sign your beautiful artwork!
Have fun!!
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  1. Dear Valerie,

    I was saving that empty roll of packaging tape for my own project!!


  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Mark — You can still have it, and now it's pre-decorated for you! 🙂

  3. This is SO clever! I love it.

  4. MaryAnne says

    Very cute, I think we'll try this one!

  5. Ayn Colsh says

    Very cute. We did this around St. Patrick's Day with a paper towel roll, but the curve was too much and the stickers didn't stick well. The tape roll is wider and I bet it worked well! I'll have to revisit this with my next empty roll!

  6. Raising a Happy Child says

    How on Earth do you come up with all those ideas? This rain picture came out so neat!

  7. Kitten Muffin says

    Oooh, if she really liked this, then let her have a go with the rolling pin. We first did it back in 2008, and the kids love it. Makes very cheap and fun wrapping paper too! Now I have to keep an eye out for rolling pins every time we are in Goodwill, because the kids are building a collection!

    First time we did it is posted here

    I reckon Emily would get a kick out of the scale of doing it with a rolling pin too.

  8. Joyful Learner says

    So so smart! Only you can come up with these things…I've been thinking of something like this but the empty roll thing never crossed my mind!

  9. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Great stamps!

  10. Great idea and looks like it is a lot of fun too!

  11. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Raising a Happy Child — I struggle with the timing of things. For instance, I always seem to get my best ideas when I'm changing a diaper, or in the shower, or cooking dinner. Never when I can get to a sheet of paper or a pencil to write things down! I need to invest in a tape recorder, I think! Do they make waterproof tape recorders for the shower?

  12. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Kitten Muffin — Love the rolling pin idea! Mark would be LIVID if I used his for crafts, so I'll keep an eye out for one from the thrift store. GREAT idea!!

  13. So simple; we'll have to try this. My daughter is two and a half and loves this type of thing. By the way, I love your blog. Thanks for sharing all your ideas, activities, and crafts. I come here VERY often for inspiration.

  14. Valerie, if you haven't already wrote a book, you seriously need to write a book titled something like "1001 Original Frugal Art & Craft Ideas for Kids". I would buy it!! 🙂

  15. BranFlakes says

    Great idea!

  16. Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity says


    Just came across your blog & am loving it. I have a MckLinky party called Tot Tuesdays. I’d love it if you’d stop by & share some of your great ideas for tots:



  17. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Gaby — Thanks you! A book would be a really fun project!!

    @ Jenn at Delicious Ambiguity — Great! I'm on my way to check it out, thanks!!

  18. Alone in Holy Land says

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  19. Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years says

    Can I just say that I love reading your comments just to see the banter between you & Mark?! LOL!!

    Great idea — as always!!

  20. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Alone in Holy Land — Wow! Thank you so much for the award! How sweet of you!! 🙂

  21. You really need to discuss with Mark, how you get to have some things too 🙂
    Such a fun project, I can just see my kids with their stamp rolled hands all over everything……

  22. That is a great idea. We have lots of foam stickers around here and I'm sure a used-up tape roll somewhere. Thanks.

  23. awesome idea! thanks for sharing!

  24. Just Breathe says

    Excellent idea. I always say to myself "why didn't I think of that"

  25. Jessica Monte says

    Oh my goodness! You are a genius! I totally want to come across a book with your ideas in it while browsing B&N. Of course, I am so happy you're blogging!

  26. Katie's Nesting Spot says

    So doing this! What a great way to use up all those multiples that you get in those big boxes of foamies.

  27. Hi Valerie,
    I am a subscriber of your blog and have stopped receiving updates from your blog since 20 March 2010.Can you help me out here please. Many thanks!

  28. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Lenna — I'm so glad you stopped by! You may have accidentally unsubscribed. Try subscribing again and that should fix the issue. Let me know if you have any issues!

  29. biancifiore says

    ohhhh valerie, you're incredible!

  30. Awesome idea!!

  31. Oh, I love this. I am going to do it with my daycare tots next week. Last week we made rain, too — only with packing tape and glitter — to go with our duct-tape-and-cotton-ball clouds.

    Because really, which would you rather do with a week of rain — complain about it, or use it as inspiration for crafting? 🙂

  32. Hi Valerie,

    I was not allowed to subscribe again as the message says my email was already in the mailing list. Hope you can help me out here again.