Posted by Katie smith / 4/14/2012 / 4 Comments / go green , guest blog , tutorial
Recycled Bicycle Tire Stamps DIY with Indigo26
Today's post is brought to you by Abby from Indigo 26. As you may know, I ride my bike a lot, So I l-o-v-e this tutorial that Abby made! Be sure to stop by Abby's blog and be inspired.
Upcycled Bike Tire Stamps
Hi Punk Project fans. I’m excited to be sharing a DIY upcycled project with you to celebrate Earth Day. Just like Katie, I like to celebrate more than one day a year. I’m always on the lookout for a new upcycle project, and today I’m sharing with you one of my favorites; bike tire stamps.
A few years ago I had to change out the tube on my bike tire after I had punctured it. Other than the unfixable hole in the tube, there was nothing wrong with it. I decided to turn the tube into rubber stamps.
· used rubber inner tube from a bike tire
· scraps of wood (I used wood shims I had left over from a garden project)
· strong glue
· exacto knife
· sharpie or other marker
1. First, cut out the valve stem. You won’t need this part of the tube. Using your scissors, cut the tube open so you can lay it out flat.
2. Next, take your sharpie marker and stencil an object or letters onto the rubber tube. You can also free hand draw. Cut out the shapes and letters with scissors or an exacto knife.
3. Glue the cut pieces of rubber tube to your wood scrap. To prevent splinters, I used a piece of sandpaper to smooth the edges of my wood scrap before I glued down my pieces.
Either side of the tube will work for a stamp. Keep in mind that when you’re cutting out letters you may have to glue them upside down or backwards in order for the word to print correctly. For example, as is, my indigo stamp above is wrong. My G prints upside down. If you run into this mistake like I did, pull off the letter, pick off the glue, and reglue it correctly.
Making sure to wipe off excess glue, place the new stamp in a clamp or under a stack of books so the rubber adheres to the wood uniformly.
4. Once the glue is dry, grab your favorite inks and stamp away!
You can use your bike tire stamps for journaling, stationary, or use them to create your own gift wrap paper. I use my tree stamp in my signature.