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Potato printing with kids: Make a Halloween Banner

Making stamps out of potatoes is a cool activity for children – and a great way to introduce them to the craft of stamping and printmaking. Depending on the paint or ink used, potatoes can be stamped onto paper, wood or fabric. We made a paper Halloween Banner but kids can also make greeting cards, decorate a t-shirt or personalize their own napkins with potato stamping!

SUPPLIES

  • Potatoes
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Paper (heavy construction paper/card stock)
  • Brayer or sponge
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife or exact knife to cut potatoes
  • Hole Punch
  • Paint Tray (We used paper plates)

HOW TO

1. Plan your design. We spelled “Happy Halloween,” but a banner with jack-o-lanterns, witches and/or ghosts or whatever you can cut from a potato would be fabulous.

2. Cut paper to size. My cards measured 3″ x 4.”3. Plan what stamps you need to complete the design. Cut potatoes in half. One potato-half per stamp.

  • For HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Cut 1 long line, 1 short line, and one half circle. These 3 stamps can be combined to make all the letters needed to spell “Happy Halloween.” Cool for kids to learn how to deconstruct letters. For the JACK-O-LANTERN, cut the shape from one potato-half. TIP: I recommend parents use knife to cut potatoes unless the kids are old enough to handle a sharp knife alone. Remember to always cut away from your body!

4. Squirt paint onto paper plate or paint tray. Mix colors if needed and spread paint into thin layer.


5. Apply paint to potato stamp, using brayer or sponge. If paint is too thick, stamp onto scrap paper first to remove excess paint.

6. Press stamp firmly, flat on paper without sliding. Lift stamp straight up and off paper. Continue stamping until you have what you want.

7. Hole punch top corners.  Thread ribbon through holes. TIP: Add beads in between printed cards to prevent the paper from sliding over one another

8. Hang up enjoy!

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Written by Anisa Raoof