Spice it Up with Spice Bottle Stampers!

*Ages: 20 months actual, 18 months corrected

Hi friends!

I’ve been in cleaning/organizing mode for a while now, and tackled my kitchen cabinets last week.  After checking the dates on my spices and pulling out all the oldies, I’m a little ashamed to admit what a spice hoarder I am, but at the same time very excited to have all these cute little jars to play with now!

Oh, the possibilities! Kitchen trash = tot school treasure!

Since we are still emphasizing the color yellow this week, I decided to make some simple paint stampers with a few of my spice jars.  The bottles turned out to be the perfect size for the twins’ little hands, and they only took a few minutes to make with materials I already had in my craft supplies.

First, I found a piece of yellow craft foam and used a Sharpie to freehand a few shapes of objects that are typically yellow. *I found that the Sharpie ink bled a little onto the paper when we were stamping; we didn’t mind it, but if you are a purist, you might use a different type of writing utensil.

Next, I cut out the shapes, and since my foam was really thin, I hot-glued them to some cardboard from a diaper box and then cut them out again to add some stiffness to the stamp.  Last, I simply hot glued the bottoms of my spice bottles to the back of the stamps.

 Quick and easy!

 Remember this sun from my felt weather board?

After that, I squirted some washable yellow finger paint onto some paper plates and let the kiddos have at it.

The began stamping like little Tasmanian Devils.  Seriously, turbo-stamping.  That’s why their hands are so blurry! And yes, that is a bungee cord holding my china cabinet shut. Only the classiest baby-proofing will do for my house.

After they got tired of the stampers, the little ones decided to roll their cars through the paint and make tracks. Then walk through the paint and jump around the kitchen.

 Thank goodness for washable paint!

After we were done, I wiped the paint off the foam stampers and let them dry.  I doubt these will last indefinitely, but we should get at least a couple more uses out of them.  Although you can’t tell from the picture above, they did make pretty good shapes considering how fast I threw them together, but turbo-stamping is not the best technique for producing quality results 😉  But we had fun, and that was our goal!

Do you have a favorite activity or craft using old spice bottles? I’d love to hear about it if so!

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  1. Love how you recycled these for something fun. I am going to start saving those bottles. Pinning this.

  2. Pretty awesome! You have a lot of containers! Great idea to reuse the recycling. Stopping by from Tip Toe. Thanks for sharing.

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