Valentines is fast approaching and a fun craft was in order. Painting is always a huge hit at our house so we created some custom stamps and got messy.
Since my toddler was going to get first go at the potato stamps while big sister was at school I wrapped our kitchen table in paper. My favorite for this is an IKEA roll.
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*Papers to decorate
Making your Stamps
Slice your potato in half. Draw your design on the flat portion of your potato.
Take a sharp knife and trace the outline of your shape. Make it as deep as you would like your stamp to be. This is, of course, a grown up’s job.
Slice in toward your design, you’ll meet up with your tracing cuts. I trimmed a section at a time to avoid chopping off any extra. You can always start by trimming shallower and then trimming more layers as you go. Go slow.
When you’ve trimmed away all your edges you’re ready to go!
With such a quick creation you can make different shapes and textures to mix and match.
Overloading your stamp with paint will lead to bit of a messy shape, but we were embracing the uneven nature of paint stamping.
On the plus side a potato allows for a great handhold for a toddler. My two year doesn’t quite have the fine dexterity to stamp and lift cleanly. But she was happy as a clam so that’s what’s important!
Winter gets long for little ones and being allowed to paint on and with potatoes was a welcome way to break up our day.
When we were completely finished with our stamps I washed them off and tossed them in the compost.
I’m breaking out the potato stamps again on Wednesday to show you a quick home decor DIY I sewed up. Make sure to stop back!