How to Do Potato Printing

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Create colorful prints with potatoes.

Craft stores carry foam, rubber and acrylic stamps in all different designs that you can use for a number of different projects, but you don't need to purchase these stamps to make decorative prints. Use a potato and tools you already have around the house to make your own potato prints. Frame the prints for homemade wall art or use the prints as personal stationary.

Things You'll Need

  • Potato
  • Chopping knife
  • Cookie cutter
  • Paring knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Paper
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Instructions

    • 1

      Cut the potato in half widthwise with a knife. Set aside one of the halves.

    • 2

      Press a cookie cutter into the cut end of one half of the potato. Press the cookie cutter in at least 1/2 inch.

    • 3

      Cut into the side of the potato with a knife until you hit the side of the cookie cutter. Rotate the potato to cut all the way around the cookie cutter. Remove the potato you cut away.

    • 4

      Go back with a paring knife to remove the small bits of potato left around the outside of the cookie cutter. Because the cookie cutter isn't perfectly round, the cut made by rotating the potato won't remove all the potato from around the cookie cutter. Remove the potato as you cut it away.

    • 5

      Remove the cookie cutter from the potato.

    • 6

      Pour out some acrylic paint on a paper plate.

    • 7

      Push the carved end of the potato into the paint completely coating the shape with the paint. Lightly press the potato on a clean area of the plate once to remove excess paint.

    • 8

      Press the paint-coated end of the potato straight down on a piece of paper to create a print. Press the potato down firmly, and lift it straight up to avoid smudging.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase the largest potatoes in diameter you possibly can for potato printing to help ensure the cookie cutter will fit on the cut surface of the potato.

  • Make potato stamps without the cookie cutter by cutting a shape into the flat surface of the potato with a paring knife and cutting away the sides of the potato from the design.

  • Make potato prints on walls and fabric using the appropriate type of paint and the same technique used to make prints on paper.

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References

  • Photo Credit Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

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