valentine’s potato stamp towels…

when i was a little girl, my mom would make potato stamps and let us decorate paper for book covers, wrapping, or just for fun.  i wanted to do potato stamps for the boys to try and i wanted to have them be able to craft some gifts for their grandparents.  this craft was a bit more labor intensive and took a bit longer, but not too hard for the littles to handle.

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for this craft you will need:

fabric paint – i used three colors of pink/red because i wanted an ombre look (found at michael’s)

potatoes

paring knife

flour sack towels or tea towels

small cookie cutter in the shape you want (optional)

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wash and dry your potatoes really well.  cut them in half and set the pieces you are not using cut side down on a paper towel to soak up any extra moisture.  take your cookie cutter and press it firmly into the center of the cut side of your potato  1/4-1/2 inch.  leave your cookie cutter in the potato.  take your paring knife and very carefully, cut the potato from around the outside of the cookie cutter, removing the excess so when you carefully remove the cookie cutter you have a raised stamp.

*if you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can take a sharpened pencil and trace your design onto the potato and use the tip of the paring knife to gently cut into the potato about 1/2 inch around the shape you traced, to make the outline of the stamp and then gently cut away the excess.  doing it this way takes a steadier hand and more time.

when your potato stamps are ready, spread a plastic tablecloth down on your table or some paper to keep your table safe.  squeeze some paint onto a paper plate and spread around to thin it a bit so the paint doesn’t squish about too much on the potato.  then, just have at it!

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lay them flat to dry for 4 hours and then you can wash and dry them after 72 hours.

harry didn’t like doing this project so much, but he is not a big fan of paint, so his stamping was minimal.  but jack jack really got into it and had a blast!  i love his abstract approach to stamp placement.  i also did one for myself and i had a lot of fun.  i did an ombre gradient towel and love how it looks.  here are the boys’ finished towels:

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this would be a fun housewarming gift and would work for any holiday too.  have fun and let me know what you think if you do this project!

xoxoxo,

e

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