Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy in the kitchen brewing up lots of fun Halloween recipes. ‘Tis that time of year, I guess. My favorites are still my homemade gummy worms and leeches, and my gummy eyeballs.
What do they have in common?
They are fun recipes that use fruit and lots of nourishing gelatin.
Once you are done making them, though, there’s always the “problem” of the remaining gelatin in your pan. Some of it gets eaten without being put in a mold or chilled until set. That’s inevitable, I guess.;)
No matter how well you clean the pan, though, the tiniest little bit of fruity gelatin remains.
I have a fun solution for you, of course. You can make use of that gelatin, and do a fun activity with kids (or adults, I won’t judge!), and make gelatin stamps.
I know what you are thinking. A lot of people hate lick and stick stamps. I, on the other hand, was always fascinated by them when I was a kid. My son loves stickers, so I figured that once he figured out how these worked, he would love this!
I was right.
At first, he didn’t really understand the concept of what we were doing. I had him paint the gelatin on the back of a sheet of Halloween stamps that I had printed from the web, but he was trying to make circles and faces with the gelatin instead, and didn’t understand that I wanted him to cover the entire sheet. So, as you can imagine, I had to help him out a little bit at first, but he still had fun with it.
Let me start from the beginning with the “How to’s” of our madness.
1. Either print out a sheet of Halloween stamps like the ones I found through an internet search, or make your own. We made a sheet of each.
2. Add a tiny bit of water to the pan with the remaining gelatin mixture, and dissolve as much of it into the water as you can. I used a spatula to get as much of it out of the pan and into a small container as I could.
3. Paint the entire back of your sheet of stamps with your gelatin solution.
4. Set aside to dry. We left ours alone overnight.
5. The next day, cut out your stamps. After cutting a few out, I remembered that I have a paper cutter that cuts little slits in the paper, and used it to perforate along the stamp lines to make more authentic stamps. My son really loved that because he was proud of the fact that he could separate the stamps all by himself!
6. Your lick-n-stick stamps are ready to use. Lick & stick, of course!
When my son saw me lick the first stamp, he made a sort of grossed out face, and didn’t want to try it. I thought my fun craft had flopped!
Once he saw how mine stuck to the paper like a sticker, though, he wanted to try it himself; again; and again; and again. 😉
I’d have to say it was a total success!
We’ll definitely be making more stamps. It does, after all, give us one more excuse to make some yummy, healthy gummy treats!
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