How to Make Potato-Stamped Gift Wrap
Custom Wrapping Paper
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. What a great way to get this children involved in the holiday season.
metal cookie cutters
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.
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).
Potato Paint Design
Use half-inch artist brush to paint raised design on a potato. Brushing the acrylic paint on makes the design more even, as opposed to pressing potato directly into paint. Press potato onto paper and pick it straight up, so design doesn't smear. Repeat to make an overall pattern on the paper. Brush on more paint as needed. Allow paper to full dry before using a wrap presents.