This craft is great for kids and adults alike! I enlisted my toddler niece Lucy to apply paint to each potato, as I needed it. I gave her all the credit in how beautifully the wrapped presents came out.
There are several shapes to choose from, and the sky is the limit. I went with a chevron/tree-like shape, with green paint, a triangle with red paint, and a star with the yellow paint. At first, I was overwhelmed with the decisions: Should I place the shapes close? Should I build with shapes and colors? Should the shapes be recognizable, or abstract? All I need you to remember with all crafts and goods that you make by hand and with love is, there is no “should.” I felt like adding a lot of color to the paper and placing the shapes in a design that reminds me of modern and graphic fabric.
What You Need:
• Potatoes (no specific type or size)
• Paint (washable, if assisted by toddler)
• Craft paper without sheen (I found that brown shipping paper is very inexpensive and accessible)
• Sharp paring knife
• A glass plate
• Large space on a table
Begin by cutting two potatoes in half, for four stamping options. You can draw the shape you desire on each potato, or if you prefer a more rustic feel, like me, just start cutting. In smaller points of your design, it might be necessary to use your knife as a chisel; just remember that only the surface area will show in your design, so it doesn’t matter how choppy or pretty the innards look!
When choosing the paint you intend for this project, consider how much water is in the type, and whether or not it will run. It is nothing to worry too much over, only to be aware that more water means more drying time. Acrylics, with low water content, will yield bright and rich colors. The washable tempera paint that Lucy and I used, while wonderful for toddlers, is a bit thin, sometimes it is worth stirring in a teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken, and then even a few drops of food coloring to enhance the color. Dollop some paint on a glass plate, to prepare.
The next step is to roll out your first swath of paper, and secure at the top with paperweights. I started with the tree and green paint, stamping the paper closest to me first. Lucy stamped the potato into the green paint on the plate, and handed it to me. I stamped the paper 3-4 times, and had her re-apply the paint. As you get toward the top of your paper, you will notice that the paper closest to you has already dried, and you can continue to roll the paper downward toward the floor in 12-inch increments or so.
By the time the paper barely touched the floor, I set the full roll aside to dry. I did three different shapes and colors on three different rolls. So, during this dry time I could get started on my yellow star, and later the red triangle.
I liked these shapes because they could be used for Christmas wrapping paper, or could be fashioned for other events, allowing me to give large portions away as gifts themselves! For each package I wrapped with the potato stamped paper, I placed a personalized label in the style of Holiday Express, and in the words of Lucy’s favorite Christmas song, wished everyone a Mele Kalikimaka!
Used In This Project:
- Circle Labels • I chose the “Holiday Express” style in Red.
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