The Crafty Mom: Cherry Stamps

Here’s a fun and free-wheeling project to get you in the mood for the Fourth of July and summertime parties. It’s a creative way to enjoy all the fresh summer cherries that are in season in the grocery stores right now. Let your elders handle the cutting. Then, when you’re finished, you can eat the craft supplies!

What You Need

 • a bag of fresh cherries

• cutting surface

• knife

• several sheets of newspaper or scrap paper

• several sheets of plain, non-patterned paper in your choice of colors

• green marker (and other colors if you like)

What You Do

1. Wash the cherries. Pick the firmest ones and carefully dry them off. On the cutting surface, slice them in half, cutting from top to bottom. Carefully remove the pit and discard.

2. Spread some newspaper or scrap paper on your work surface. Practice “stamping” rouge-colored cherry images on the paper with a couple of the cherry halves you prepared in Step 1. Use them cut-side down. GO GENTLY! These are pretty delicate, so be careful not to smush them. Then, set the practice sheets aside. NOTE: Make sure your work surface is perfectly dry!

3. Now, spread out your special paper. Using some more cherries, “stamp” more cherry images on the paper. Try several clusters of three. Or make a random, all-over pattern. Set aside for a few minutes to dry.

4. Finally, use your green marker to draw stems on your cherries. If you have a red marker, trace an outline around some or all of the cherries. Then fold into cards, hang as a pretty poster or mount on paper with a favorite photo or Fourth of July keepsake for your scrapbook.

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Mary Lyon is the author of The Frazzled Working Woman’s Practical Guide to Motherhood and former host of DIY Crafts TV show.

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