Make Your Own House Stamp

DIY House Stamp via A Beautiful MessI love making my own prints, especially with stamps! Lately, my home decor ideas have been taking over all my journals so I decided to make a special book just for home dreams. If you want to make house stamps just like mine, download this template- (HOUSE STAMP TEMPLATE)

DIY House Stamp Steps1. Supplies Needed:Speedball Stamp Making Kit, pen, acrylic paint, small paintbrush, wood block, wood glue and a surface to stamp (I chose a plain white journal from Michael's). 2. Trace your wood block (this is what you will be mounting your stamps on) so that you make sure your stamps are smaller than the wooden surface they'll adhere to. 3-4. Draw a design on your carving block and carve it. Your kit will come with different sized carving blades. I always start with the small blade, carving the fine details. Next, use the larger blade to remove any excess area (like I did around the house) use scissors to cut closely around your design. This will help you get a cleaner impression. 5. Use wood glue to adhere your stamp(s) to your wood block. 6. Brush acrylic paint on your stamp. 7. Press your stamp onto your surface. Be sure to press all four edges to get the best possible image. 8. Allow the paint to dry completely before stamping the back cover. 

Home Dreams Journal SpineI painted a quick label on the spine of my new journal.  

DIY House Stamp JournalI love my new journal! This will be a great way for me to organize our ideas and inspirations in the coming season. After that, I think it will make a sweet keepsake to remember this year with. 

Do you want a peek inside? 

Home Decor JournalHome Decor JournalHome Decor JournalHome Decor JournalHere's a look inside my journal. Just wait a couple week and it will be packed full! My mind is exploding with ideas. Have fun stamping! xo. elsie 

  • This is such a good idea to start developing a style and theme to room decor. I find it can be overwhelming sometimes and this might just do the trick, thanks! -jb

  • Gah! Those are my dream colors, too. 🙂 Can’t wait to see how you pretty up your new place!

  • Ingenious! Good that you were able to share your artistic side. I really liked what you did with your journal. It’s something you can give to your loved one without spending too much since its on own effort. I’ll have a go at it during my free time. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Cuuuute idea! I am so making my own stamps now. Maybe, of little birds and fish? 😀

  • Oh, I’ll absolutely have to do this when my boyfriend and I finally make the plunge!

  • I love this! It’s so creative. I think I might try and use it for a family cookbook!

  • I love this tutorial, and I love the first few pages of your journal! So sweet. Thanks for the share, Elsie! 🙂

  • This is so creative. I love the stamps! I love creating personalized journals. You both are amazing!


  • Hey girls, love the effect you get with the stamps, brilliant! Especially the way each stamping turns out slightly different!

    Been following your blog for a while, really enjoy it! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Wow! great journal! I love the stamps and the colours for your new home 🙂

  • This looks awesome! You can also carve out stamps from a big rubber eraser. I’m using this for that now. 🙂

  • Love this! Odd questions… what kind of pen do you use? I’m very picky about inks and i love the way yours looks in the journal

  • Nice! It’s great and very creative. I would like to do it too in our home. Very clever and interesting idea. Keep it up!

  • Thanks so much, Alex! I usually just use regular uniball gel pens that you can get at any store. 😀

  • so, so pretty!

  • Those are so cute! I love stamps!


  • I rarely ever comment on blogs, but this was something that I just had to say…

    This is an absolutely beautiful book!!
    Love your penmanship as well, may I ask,
    What kind of pen is that? Because it really compliments your handwriting!
    Thanks for the great DIY’s, and I can’t wait for the many more to come!

    Best wishes!!

  • Love – Love – Lovely! It is so crucial having beauty around you which leads you to more beauty and inspiration. Your way of planning seems so fun and practical at the same time 🙂


  • Very cute stamp, but what I really love is that you made this journal. I can just imagine your someday children and grandchildren leafing through it and remembering how freakin awesome you are. 🙂

  • Love this! These are the same ideas I have for our home too. Congrats on the home buying! Love this stamp!

  • I love this post!!! I can’t wait to try this out! I feel like I say that for everything on your blog…because I want to try everything 😉

  • so cute! Takes me back to grade 9 art class making stamps 🙂


  • The stamp is amazing, but I’m loving the whole idea of making a home journal in the first place! Such a great idea and wonderful memories to look back on.


  • Cant’ get enough of selfmade stamps!
    I did a post about DIY stamps at my blog recently too at
    I’m using plain old rubbers mostly for my stamps, works great! And I’m gonna try the houses soon too, they’re just too cute.

  • That is a super awesome idea. Love the book!

    Rachel Nicole @ Summer Breeze

  • Ahhh this is so so cute, I love that you stamped the front of your book like that, it looks awesome! Thanks for the sneak peek! Can’t wait to see more 🙂

  • LOVE this journal project, Elsie! Your new home is going to be so beautiful.

  • I’m in the same process and I’ve been writing down ideas in several notepads and even napkins. This is a fantastic idea to put everything in one place! And I do love cracking up a new journal. Thank you.

    My couch is apple green. 🙂

  • love! i need something to put all my room ideas in, so cute! i have a similar living room color scheme goin on, can’t wait to see it all come together!

  • Those are adorable! I’m so not that crafty, but I LOVE the idea of making these…(idea being the key word here). haha 🙂


  • Ok…update, I have now bought the same kit to make my own stamps, Yay! Thank you so much for this post. it’s my favourite to date!!!! <3


  • Oh you are too cute! From the stamps to the title to the swatches and the sketches inside, I love absolutely everything about this idea! Seriously, I think you may have just changed my life a wee bit!

  • Layla, the journal is from Michael’s Craft Store (in the art section with the sketch pads!)

    XO. elsie

  • I love this! I really need to start making journals more often, they’re fantastic to capture and inspire!

  • Very Cute! Win $50 towards the dress of your choice with ends 10/1/2012

  • I love the idea ! Where did you get that plain book ? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for !!!

  • What a cute idea! I have to make that too – preferably not on a book/journal, as I already ow too many of them!
    Oh, and I also thought about my 4 goals, here’s a link: []

  • This is lovely! I’ve really been getting into lino printing lately – current project is a chevron print tee using a lino block. I hope to post it on my blog soon!

  • I love this. The whole thing is so darling, and such a good idea. Also, please feel free to share new pages of your house journal as you fill them out 🙂

  • I love this, especially how it’s the cover of a journal!

  • I love all the small variations of houses. The color story for your house is beautiful.

    Does this count as painting something? 🙂 I have a 4 simple goals post up today thanks to your sweet inspiration:

    Catherine Denton

  • WOW!!! An amazing work! Not just the stamps, but the notebook! It is so beautiful <3 <3 <3 I want one too!! 😀

  • Love love love this post! Making my own stamps is something I’ve always wanted to do and now I know how. That tutorial combined in the same post with a little peek inside your home decor notebook?= Perfect Post. Thanks for this! Your notebooks always make mine look so boring, but I’m working on it! 🙂


  • A really cute idea, Elsie! I can’t believe how organized you are – I always write down my ideas on a piece of paper…and loose pieces of paper get lost, we all know that, don’t we?
    But I work on getting more organized. The stamps are so adorable…I have to try making stamps on my own, soon!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • brown, yellow, aqua and mint. This is a great color pallet. I am wondering about the result in the house. 🙂

  • Amazing, love the peek inside too! I’m going to start keeping journals too to keep my creative juices flowing!

  • A great idea for the front of an address book.Rx

  • That turquoise-blue swatch is beautiful! I vote for blue over yellow as it’s a little more forgiving of dirt once those Larson babies come along. I am so excited for you two for this season in your lives! So many happy memories to be made in that home.

  • I love keeping journals of ideas but I have never tried making my own stamps I always buy them. I am definately going to try out getting a kit and making my own. Thanks for the link.


  • I use to make this sort of stamps in primary school, I remember I used to have so much fun doing it. Maybe time has come to do it again!

  • The whole idea of the journal is just so cool! I really think the stamp is cute but the inside of the journal is even better 🙂

  • I love the stamp, it’s so cute! And how fun getting to take a look inside your journal, can’t wait to see how all your ideas transform into real life!

  • Love your new journal
    If finally we change our home for another one i should do one journal like this for plannig the new deco!

  • The stamps are so cute! I used to make them with linoleum when i was younger. ah, good old times! Love the journal, your handwriting is so pretty!

  • What a beautiful idea for a book cover! I would love to make this as a canvas to put up on the wall!

  • What a cute journal! I can’t wait until the hubby and I get our first house… wedding first though, gotta take the planning in order!

  • What a great idea, will save this one to my inspiration library.
    Wish you a great day! 🙂

  • This is a great idea! I love, love, love this post! Thanks!

  • So Cute! I can see you two sharing all these cute little books and memories with your grandchildren years on. Such cute little keep sakes 🙂

    Becky, K.

  • Cute!!

    I made once two house stamps out of rubbers / erasers and used them on some gift paper and on mouse pads that I made a while ago. 🙂

  • These houses are so cute. Thanks for the template. I haven’t carved a stamp since high school. Looks like I am going to have to raid the husband’s art supplies to make me some. 🙂

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