Stamp Out

Potato crafting for the whole family

Potatoes can be more than just a side dish this spring. Round up the kids and spend an afternoon crafting with the humble tater—you’ll be surprised at what you can craft!

Potatoes make an excellent stamping tool, and stamp crafts are a fun and creative way to spend time connecting with your inner artist. Whether you want a craft project to do with the kids, or something for yourself, potato stamps are versatile and easy to make. 

Let’s explore the step-by-step process of creating potato stamps and share some exciting craft ideas to get your creative juices flowing together!


  • Potatoes (choose firm ones with smooth surfaces)

  • Knife or small carving tools (like the ones you use for pumpkin carving, found at your local craft supply or discount store)

  • Cutting boards

  • Paper towelss

  • Acrylic or fabric paints

  • Paint brushes

  • Paper or fabric (depending on your project)

  • Pencils and erasers (for sketching your design)

Choose your design
Start by deciding on a design for your potato stamp. Keep it simple if you’re a beginner. Popular choices include stars, hearts, flowers, leaves, and geometric shapes. Sketch the design on paper to serve as a guide during the carving process.

Carve your stamp
Place the potato on the cutting board and cut it in half, using a knife with adult supervision for the little ones. Pat the cut side of the potato with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Now, using the knife or small carving tools, carefully carve your chosen design into the potato’s flat surface. Carve about half an inch deep to ensure the design holds paint well.

Test your stamp
Dab a little paint onto a flat surface and gently press your carved potato stamp into it. Make sure the entire design is covered with paint. Then, try stamping it onto a piece of paper to see how your design looks. Adjust the carving as needed to achieve a clean and clear image.

Have fun
Once you have mastered the basic potato stamp, let your creativity shine through. Experiment with different designs, combine shapes, or even try carving words or letters. The more you practice, the better your stamps will become.

Craft away
Now that you have your potato stamps ready, it’s time to practice your skills with crafts. You can make:

  • Greeting cards: Use blank cards or cardstock to create custom greeting cards for various occasions. Stamp your designs on the front and add personalized messages inside.

  • Wrapping paper: Transform plain wrapping paper into unique and artistic gift coverings. Stamp your designs with various colors to create a festive touch.

  • Fabric art: Stamp your designs onto fabric, such as plain cotton t-shirts, tote bags, or canvas shoes. Ensure you use fabric paint, and let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions for a long-lasting result.

  • Wall art: Create beautiful art pieces by stamping onto canvas or heavy art paper. Frame your creations for a unique and inexpensive home decor option.

  • Stationery: Customize notepads, journals, or bookmarks with your potato stamps. These make great gifts for friends and family.

When you’re done
After each use, clean your potato stamps thoroughly with water and a gentle soap to remove any paint residue. Pat them dry with a paper towel and store them in a cool, dry place. If you plan to reuse the stamps frequently, consider keeping them in an airtight container in the fridge to prolong their life.

Potato stamp crafts are a fantastic way to explore your artistic side and create personalized pieces of art. The process is simple, inexpensive, and suitable for all ages, making it a delightful activity for families, classrooms, or crafting parties. 

So, gather your supplies, unleash your creativity, and start making your own potato stamp masterpieces today!