Thursday, June 7, 2012

You can make your own Sponge Daubers!!

We all like to use them to add some color to a scrapbook layout, a card edge, or to add different inks to a stamp. But the cost can add up quickly, especially when the companies tell you to have a seperate one for each color ink.
My friend Sharon- OKI Stamp Queen saw how to make some homemade daubers on a blog. She then made several which we used in our last class. It inspired me to make my own one afternoon. They are super easy to do.

But you need to know someone with a table saw (thanks hubby!).
The above photo is a finished one! Isnt it cute? Much nicer looking than the the ones you buy for $1+ each!
The photo below has the pieces after they were cut. You need a length of pvc pipe. Lowes or Home Depot carry this and its cheap, only a couple dollars for a long piece that will make a ton of these. My husband had a piece laying around, yours might too! Its about an inch in diameter, and he cut it about an inch and a half tall. Since his blade is nice and sharp, they needed no sanding. The cut edges are nice and smooth. If yours are not, you will need to do some sanding till they feel somewhat smooth. They dont have to be super smooth, just enough not to feel uncomfortable when you're using them.

Then, to make them look pretty, take a sheet of scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the size of your pieces of pvc. You then will apply the paper to the pvc with some Mod Podge on a small brush. Since these are small, it goes pretty quickly.
Continue until all are covered. You could even make them in different colors to match the ink colors you will be using.

While they are drying, you need to go to your dollar store and buy a bag of makeup sponges. One bag will be plenty. I cut mine in half and then you just push the sponge thru the little tube until it makes a dome shape~ like the one in the first photo.

All done!! My one piece of pipe made about 40? of these. Now to start using them.
Many thanks for stopping by...


Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

Very cute! Do I assume correctly in that we'll be using these in Tues nite's class?!

Theresa Dagostino Forge said...

actually, we will not be using these!! LOL