Dress up your home office with these coordinated desk accessories. Simple purchased stamps, applied in a regular pattern to magazine holders, picture frames, and storage boxes, create an eye-catching design that belies the simplicity of the technique.
See below for complete instructions.
What You Need:
- Unfinished wooden pieces: two magazine holders, six-drawer storage chest, picture frame, and lidded box
- Fine sandpaper
- Tack cloth
- Flat paintbrush
- Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic paints: Lime Green (2489) and Ocean Reef Blue (2074)
- Disposable plastic plate
- Delta Stamp and Stencil Sponges (including wedge sponge)
- Rubber Stampede wood-handled rubber stamps: Circle Style Set (3374) and Geometric Square Style Set (3373)
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
- Satin varnish
- Drill (for storage chest only)
- Six drawer knobs (for storage chest only)
- Bright green gift wrap with a matte finish (for book cover only)
- Transparent tape (for book cover only)
- For all wooden pieces, lightly sand any rough wood surfaces. Remove the sawdust with a tack cloth.
- Paint the surfaces, referring to the photos for color suggestions.
- Use square or circle designs from the rubber stamp sets to decorate projects. Referring to the General Stamping Instructions (on second page), apply paint to the stamps and stamp the designs to the wooden pieces.
- Protect each project with two or three coats of varnish. Allow varnish to dry thoroughly between coats.
- For the storage chest, ask an adult to help you drill a hole in the center of each drawer front. Screw on the drawer knobs.
It's a Wrap!
- For the book, cut out a cover from green gift wrap. Referring to the General Stamping Instructions (on second page), stamp two or more circle designs from the rubber stamp set on the paper. Allow the paint to dry.
- Wrap the paper around your book and secure it on the inside with transparent tape.
- Plan a layout for the stamped design on paper.
- Stamp from left to right, starting at the top and working down, to avoid smearing wet paint.
- Use a cotton swab moistened with water to remove excess paint from the stamp or your project while it is still wet.
- If you are not happy with a stamped image, use a damp paper towel to wipe off the image, then restamp the image. If the paint has already dried, paint over the design with the base-coat color. Restamp the image after the base coat has dried.
General Stamping Instructions
- Pour a small amount of paint onto the plastic plate. Dip a flat edge of a wedge sponge into the paint. Tap the excess paint back onto the plastic plate.
- Pat the paint onto the raised design of the rubber stamp. Make sure you do not get paint into the crevices. Stamp the surface.
- Repeat the process of applying paint to the stamp for each impression. Clean the rubber stamp periodically with a damp paper towel to eliminate paint buildup on the stamp.
- After stamping the design, allow the paint to dry. Protect the project with varnish.