How to Make Potato-Stamped Gift Wrap

Instead of purchasing a roll of wrapping paper at the store, bring your kids around the table to make custom hand-stamped paper with potatoes and paint. This old-school craft project is still a great way to get kids involved in the season of giving.
Custom Wrapping Paper

Custom Wrapping Paper

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed

white potatoes
metal cookie cutters
knife
cutting board
acrylic paint
1/2" flat artist brush
colored, white and brown Kraft paper

Create Potato Stamp

Using a sharp knife, cut large white potato in half (Image 1). Press metal cookie cutter firmly into potato half (Image 2). Next, cut around cookie cutter at about 1/2" depth, so the potato portion inside cookie cutter will protrude 1/2" to create the stamp (Image 3). Remove cut slice of potato around cookie cutter (Image 4) then remove cookie cutter from potato. You now have your completed stamp. 

Stamp Design

Use 1/2" artist brush to paint raised design on potato (Image 1). Note: Brushing the acrylic paint on, rather than dipping the stamp into paint, creates a smoother stamped design. Firmly and evenly press stamp onto paper and pick it straight up, so design doesn't smear (Image 2). Repeat painting and stamping process to cover a large enough area of paper to wrap a gift. Allow paper to fully dry before using to wrap presents (Image 3). 

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