Potato Stamps are a fun way to create your own stamps, without any fancy equipment. It gives kids the added fun of making their own stamps, before going crazy decorating anything from wrapping paper to wall art.
Supervision is a must, and sharp knives are best handled by adults.
Time: 10 minutes
Potatos (1 potato makes two stamps)
Ink Pads or Paint
First you'll need to cut your potatoes in half, lengthways. Try and cut them evenly, because each half can be used to make it's own stamp.
Decide what shape you want to create. Simple shapes are easiest, and ones with many small points (like a star), or with many curves, will be the hardest. Easy shapes can be cut straight into the potato, but if your shape is a little trickier you might want to use a template.
Trace a small outline of your shape using the knife. Then cut deeper along the lines, about 1cm into the potato. Carefully cut around the shape, leaving the bottom of the potato in tact, so that the shape protrudes about 1cm from the base.
Now you're ready to start. You can use ink or paints, just make sure the the whole of the shape is covered.
The stamp pads used in this tutorial are part of the range at kikki.K.
If you're using multiple colours make sure you wipe the stamp between uses, so that you don't make too much of a mess.
Potato stamping is a great way to spruce up craft paper for a unique wrapping paper look.