Potato Stamping


  • 1 potato per person
  • pencils
  • kitchen knife (used by parent only)
  • white paper or card stock
  • water soluble paint


A fun family activity for generations now and suitable for a variety of age groups. Use the potato stamp to decorate your own book covers, wrapping paper, birthday cards and more.

How to create and use the potato stamp:                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  1. Cut the potato in half. Draw your desired design (i.e. shape) on the surface of the potato using a pencil or marker pen. Cut around the design with a kitchen knife, so it is raised on the surface of the potato.
  2. Pour paint into a saucer and dab the potato in the paint, ensuring that the surface is evenly coated.
  3. If there is too much paint on the potato stamp it will slip when stamped onto paper. Therefore remove any excess paint by stamping the potato onto spare scratch paper a couple of times. Stamp the potato stamp as required until the potato needs dipping in the paint again. Wash the potato after you're done for use again with another color.
  4. Leave the paper to one side for the paint to dry. Add decorations to the stamped images as required.

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