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Arts and Crafts with Potatoes

Make your own fabric designs or gift wrap from spuds.

Aaahh the potato. Not only are they versatile in the kitchen, they are very handy on a crafty lady's table. Now you may be asking yourself what can you possibly do with a potato as a craft? Well my good people, step inside and take a look.

I love potatoes and have written recipes you've probably never heard of but should absolutely try. But in the eye of an artist, potatoes can be made into organic stamps.

Here are some easy projects for you to try at home. They are so much fun to make, you may even want to ask your children to help you.

What you will need:

  • Newspapers
  • Paper towels
  • Potatoes
  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
  • Small knife (plastic ones are okay)
  • Fabric or paper
  • OPTION - Bleach

Step 1: Lay the newspapers on the table to protect your work area.

Step 2: Wash the potatoes to get rid of grime.

Step 3: Cut tops off about 2 inches down and begin carving your shape into the white of the top of the potato. When you cut the design, make sure it's at least 1/3 of an inch raised from the top.

Step 4: Take a paper towel and dry the tops before dipping into the paint. You can also use a brush and press firmly onto the fabric or paper and you're done!

TIP: If you want to try something different, do the same design as a “negative”. Instead of the design being raised, cut INTO the potato so it's concave instead of convex.

Bleach is also an option to use instead of paint. Just remember that if you use it on a tee-shirt fabric with cotton, it will bleed because bleach is thinner than paint. The design may not be precise but if you wanted something different, try it.

TIP: If you use bleach, on a shirt, remember to place something like cardboard between layers so it doesn't soak through to the other side.

Have fun!



Comments

Rosana Modugno (author) from 11th Kingdom on August 13, 2013:

Hi Sally! Thank you so much for your comment. Those little hands get into all kinds of trouble and keeping them busy was always a challenge. I bet you look around your kitchen today, you will find something else to make art with. :)

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on August 13, 2013:

Always a favorite with children and really cheap on pocket, thanks for sharing.

Rosana Modugno (author) from 11th Kingdom on December 11, 2012:

Thanks! Carrots, what a great idea. Appreciate your comment. Keep creating!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 11, 2012:

beautiful design with potatoes. I make crafts by stamping carrots with watercolor onto white card and make them into greetings cards. Nice hub

Rosana Modugno (author) from 11th Kingdom on December 11, 2012:

I will just say thank you all for all your great comments & thumbs up. I just love teaching people that there are no rules in Art and creativity is something we all have, just need to set it free.

carol stanley from Arizona on December 11, 2012:

This does look like fun and saving money on wrapping paper always a good idea. Thanks for really good instructions. Vote UP.

RTalloni on December 10, 2012:

Fun stuff, indeed, and lots of option for creativity!

Rosana Modugno (author) from 11th Kingdom on December 10, 2012:

It is easy! Thank you for your comment & your vote!

Shasta Matova from USA on December 10, 2012:

That looks like so much fun! I hadn't thought of using a cookie cutter to cut out the stamp on a potato. I always thought the cutting was too hard, but you make it look easy. Voted up.