Potato printing with kids: Make a Halloween Banner

[ 2 ] October 6, 2011 |


  • 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)


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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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. I love finding new crafting ideas! This is such a great site I can’t wait to pass it along to my new PVD friends! Thanks Anisa!!


  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa Raoof says:

    Thanks Courtney. And loved checking out your blog and seeing your personal fashion / style sense and cool shop recommendations.

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