Making a stamp from a potato is a fun and creative activity for kids and adults. The finished stamp is ideal for dressing up gift wrap, decorating book covers, greeting cards, and many other ways. Simple shapes are the easiest, however with a little creative thought even the most basic shape can be turned into something special.
What You Need
- Kitchen knife
- Water-based paint
- Paint brush
- Cookie cutter shapes
- Paper plates
1. Select a potato that is long and wide enough to accommodate the cookie cutter that you are going to use for the shape.
2. Cut the end of the potato back to about 1/3 of the potato.
3. Push the cookie cutter into the potato. Or you can draw the desired shape onto the surface of the potato using a pen.
4. Cut around the cookie cutter and cut down, making sure that you make good contact.
5. Remove the potato you have just cut and be sure to get all the bits off the cutter.
6. Remove cookie cutter and now you have a stamp.
7. Pour some paint into a paper plate and dab the potato in the paint, ensuring that the surface is evenly coated. If there is too much paint on the potato stamp it will slip when stamped onto paper.
8. Start stamping the potato stamp as needed. This can be stamped several times before the potato needs dipping in the paint again. The potato can be washed after use and used again with another color.
9. Leave the paper to one side for the paint to dry. Add decoration to the stamped images as needed. Enjoy and toss the potato when finished, not good for cooking.