Arts and Crafts with Potatoes

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I made these to show concave (left) and convex (right) designs.Fabric & paperDesign ideasAnother cool designUse cookie cutters to shape perfect shapes.Cookie cutter marks how deep you cut into potato.StarKids will love itPrint your own gift wrap!Cut tops so you have a better handle to grip.First I use a tool to carve the design into the top of the potato.Here's the heart I cut out to experiment with bleach.Bleached heart shapes.
I made these to show concave (left) and convex (right) designs.
I made these to show concave (left) and convex (right) designs.
Fabric & paper
Fabric & paper
Design ideas
Design ideas
Another cool design
Another cool design
Use cookie cutters to shape perfect shapes.
Use cookie cutters to shape perfect shapes.
Cookie cutter marks how deep you cut into potato.
Cookie cutter marks how deep you cut into potato.
Star
Star
Kids will love it
Kids will love it
Print your own gift wrap!
Print your own gift wrap!
Cut tops so you have a better handle to grip.
Cut tops so you have a better handle to grip.
First I use a tool to carve the design into the top of the potato.
First I use a tool to carve the design into the top of the potato.
Here's the heart I cut out to experiment with bleach.
Here's the heart I cut out to experiment with bleach.
Bleached heart shapes.
Bleached heart shapes.

Potatoes aren't just for eating. 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, they can be shaped into stamps to paint fabric and paper.

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
  • Knife (if you have children helping you, please don't leave the knife near the work area when you're done using it).
  • Fabric and/or paper
  • OPTION - Bleach

Lay out the newspapers on the table to protect your work area. Next, wash the potatoes to get rid of that grime, cut the tops off about 2 inches down and begin carving your shape into the white of the top of that potato. You can make a star, a heart, or even a face. When you cut the design, make sure it's at least 1/3 of an inch raised from the top.

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. In other words, the same design will be IN the potato so you can pour something into it, like a mold. This will make the same design look very different.

Take a paper towel and dry the tops before dipping into the paint. Then just press firmly and neatly on the fabric or paper and you're done. Put the designs anywhere and however you want. Play around. There is no right way to do this. Let your child develop his/her own sense of creativity. They might surprise you. Give them their own fabric or paper to work on and let them go. Keep little hands clean and teach to clean up their area when they're done.

TIP: Gold and silver paint work look really nice around colors. Especially if you use it for paper.

Now that Christmas is almost here, why not make your own gift wrapping paper? You can design Christmas trees, ornamental shapes, stars, etc.

TIP: Clothes are great to use. Grab one of your child's tee shirts, your own or even jeans and add a little bling there. Maybe you have a shirt you wanted to throw out that has stains on it, you can cover them up with the paint.

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.

You can paint just about anything. Don't limit yourself by what you see online. You can paint anything that has a surface; handbags, hats, tables, walls. It's your stamp. Place it where you want.

Have fun!



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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

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. :)


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

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


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

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


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

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.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

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


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

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


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

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


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

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.

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