a dresser with hand-stamped paisley patterns
Steps // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser
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Begin with the Wood Stamps

 
Step One // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser

Begin with the Wood Stamps

wood stamps from Blockwallah
Photo by Ted Morrison

We used wood stamps made for block printing paper and fabric.

Similar designs from $5; Blockwallah

 
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Measure and Tape

 
Step Two // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser

Measure and Tape

taping the lines before painting

Start with a base coat of dark blue. Then use a wax pencil to mark three 1/4-inch-wide border lines—one about 2 inches in from the outer edge, one about 3 1/2 inches in, and one about 5 inches in. Tape on either side of each line.

 
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Paint Borders

 
Step Three // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser

Paint Borders

painting borders onto a dresser with a brush

Use a small artist’s brush to fill in the borders with a crisp white paint. You may need multiple coats for coverage.

 
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Stamp the Inside Border

 
Step Four // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser

Stamp the Inside Border

using a wood stamp to decorate the inside border of a dresser

With your smallest stamp, create a pattern between the two innermost border lines, alternating the stamp’s direction with each pass. For even coverage, use a brush to sweep a light coat of paint onto the block before stamping firmly.

 
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Stamp the Outside Border

 
Step Five // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser

Stamp the Outside Border

using a wood stamp to decorate the outside border of the dresser

Use the largest stamp around the drawer fronts’ outer edges, leaving about 1/2 inch between each stamp. Leave some extra space at the corners.

 
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Stamp the Center Circle

 
Step Six // How to Bandanna-Stamp a Dresser

Stamp the Center Circle

using a wood stamp to decorate the center panel of a dresser

With the wax pencil, trace a small circle, using the bottom of a can as a guide. Use a medium-size stamp to follow the outside of the circle all the way around.

 
 

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