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I love quick and easy crafts, and today’s tutorial is one of my favorites! Did you know you can use a potato as a stamp? They make great customizable stamps because they’re easy to carve, and it’s so much fun to paint them and stamp them. I turned a few potatoes into Easter egg stamps in preparation for the upcoming holiday!
Potato stamps make great kid’s crafts; it’s fun and a little messy and it allows you to be as creative as you want! As long as an adult helps cut up and carve the potatoes, the kids can do all of the rest of the work!
Potato Stamp Easter Eggs
Here’s what you need to make these potato stamps:
- Russet potatoes
- chopsticks or bamboo skewers
- craft paint
- paper for stamping (or a blank t-shirt, tote bag, tea towel, or anything else you want to stamp!)
Note: Any kind of potato will do, but Russets tend to be more oval shaped, which is perfect for Easter eggs.
Start by cutting your potato in half lengthwise so you end up with two oval halves. The next step is to “carve” out a stamp from the flat surfaces of the potato halves. If you have fancy clay carving tools or rubber stamp carving tools, you can use those for more “advanced” potato stamps. But if you don’t have fancy tools, don’t worry! A knife and a chopstick or a bamboo skewer will do the trick!
Using your knife, carefully cut two parallel lines about an eighth of an inch into the potato to make “edges” for your carved line. Then use a chopstick or bamboo skewer to scrape out the “meat” of the potato between the two knife edges. If you scrape carefully, the knife-cut edges will help make clean, sharp lines!
Once you have your potato carved out, it’s time to stamp! Using a paintbrush, paint each section of the potato.
Then flip the potato over and firmly press it down onto your paper or fabric. Carefully lift up the potato, and you have a stamped Easter egg!
There are tons of designs you can make with these potatoes; the sky is the limit! You can make chevron lines, or stab a chopstick into the potato to make polka dots. You can angle the lines, or if you’re feeling really skilled, make some curvy lines. Be as creative as you want!
The trick is to make sure you get enough paint on the potato to get a good solid stamp out of it, but not so much paint that it squeezes out past the edges of the potato and blurs the lines. But once you’ve carved your potato stamp, you can practice as many times as you need to in order to get it right; just add more paint and try again!
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If you liked this project, check out these other simple Easter crafts!
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