3 Ways to Customize Your Clothes and Accessories Using Household Items

Sarah Vanderkooy
by Sarah Vanderkooy
8 Materials
5 Minutes

Today, I’m going to show you how to use some simple household objects to stamp some clothing and accessories. You’ll learn how to make your very own custom clothing stamp so you could create some cool and unique designs without breaking the bank. Let’s get started!

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Tools and materials:

  • Cookie cutter
  • Wine cork
  • Plastic fork
  • Iron
  • Zip bag
  • T-shirt
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Fabric paint
cookie cutter stamp

Stamp 1: Cookie cutter

For this first item, I’m going to use a cookie cutter to stamp a small zip bag. I’m going to use a heart-shaped cutter as my DIY clothing stamp, but get creative and use whatever you have! For this design, I’m going to be using red and blue paint and alternating hearts in different sizes and colors.

decorated carrying bag

Here’s the finished item! This is going to make a great little carrying case for some art supplies that I want to take with me.

stamper for clothes

Stamp 2: Wine cork

For this next one, I’m going to be using a wine cork. Just save the cork from your next bottle, and use it as a permanent clothing stamp. I’ve got a blank white t-shirt here, and I’m going to use orange and pink fabric paint. Just stamp the end of the cork into the paint—you don’t need too much—and just stamp a fun abstract pattern onto the shirt. In between colors, you can just use a paper towel to wipe the paint off of the cork.

DIY clothing stamp

Here’s the finished item! This shirt can be worn as-is, or you can go back with some black fabric paint or iron-on vinyl and add some words across the front of it.

custom clothing stamp

Stamp 3: Plastic fork

For this item, I’m going to be stamping a canvas tote bag. I just dip the fork into some fabric paint and use an alternating pattern all the way across using blues and greens. This is such a simple way to dress up a really basic canvas tote bag that I can use for anything.

decorated tote bag

Here’s the finished item! To care for this, just heat set it with an iron, and then you can wash it if you want, or you can spot clean it.  

Custom Clothing Stamp Tutorial

These are 3 ways you can use household items to create stampers for clothes and accessories. I hope this inspires you to grab a bag or a t-shirt and start stamping. Let me know which custom clothing stamp is your favorite down below!

Suggested materials:
  • Cookie cutter
  • Wine cork
  • Plastic fork
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  • Rita Fraterrigo Rita Fraterrigo on Apr 09, 2024

    My grandkids will like this! 😊

  • Carole Carole on Apr 11, 2024

    Plastic forks are great in the garden to stop cats from using it as a toilet. Just push the forks in the soil with the prongs up.the cats soon learn not to go there.