Learn how to make potato stamps for DIY wrapping paper, cards, and crafts. Easy to make and easy for toddlers to use.
Let me set the tone for this little DIY project. I vividly remember making wrapping paper in elementary school (not vividly enough to remember how old, but young). I couldn’t tell you why but it stuck with me. I remember loving using the potato to stamp patterns and how beautiful and unique the wrapping paper was. Ah to be young and fascinated!
Here I am, a mother of two, always looking for creative things to do with the kids when, BAM! I remembered making potato stamps.
In my lovely memory we used potato stamps to make Christmas wrapping paper but why couldn’t it be an everyday activity or made for other holiday – um, cute little hearts for Valentine’s Day or brightly coloured eggs for Easter.
How to Make Potato Stamps
It’s easy peasy! There is very little prep involved and what you can create is completely up to you.
What do I need?
The best part! You need very little!
If you have a bag of potatoes you have endless options but all you really need is ONE potato.
To create a design you can use cookie cutters or if you’re feeling crafty you can use as a sharp knife to draw you own.
Next you’ll need some paint and paper. Again, the possibilities are endless. If you’re getting your little ones involved use washable paint for easy clean up.
For paper, it can be as simple as plain old white printer paper. You can use card stock to make DIY greeting cards or a roll of kraft paper to make DIY wrapping paper.
- one large potato (yields two stamps)
- paper of choice (roll paper, cardstock)
- 1-2 metal cookie cutters
- sharp knife
- paint brushes
- 1. Cut a potato in half*
- 2. Pat potato dry with a towel
- 3. Press metal cookie cutter in the cut side of the potato part way or use a sharp knife to draw a freehand design - do not push the cutter through. Leave the cutter in for the next step.
- 4. Use a sharp knife to cut around the shape to create the stamp. Remove the cutter. You can discard the pieces or use them to make small stamps.
- 5. Use a paint brush to apply paint to the stamp. For best results, do not apply too much paint.
- 6. Press the stamp onto paper and hold for a few seconds.
*Cut potato vertically for larger stamp and horizontally for smaller stamp
**You can also use a sharp knife to draw freehand designs
Stamps will last 2-3 days when wrapped and kept in the fridge - browning will not effect using them
This is such an easy, low maintenance craft to whip out when you need something fun to do with the kids. Looking for more activities for your busy body little ones? Check out 25 At Home Activities for Kids where I rounded up more activities with little prep involved.
Looking for a project for a specific holiday? Follow me on Pinterest to find projects and activities for annual holidays to keep your little ones busy and for you to enjoy.
Happy crafting, friends! If you enjoyed making potato stamps as much as I do, tag me on Instagram @simplysagemandy and show me or leave a comment!
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