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Potato Printing with Design Mom

Posted by  ·  June 14, 2010  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

The amazing and ever creative Gabrielle from Design Mom is sharing a wonderful tutorial on potato printing. (Don’t say I told you– but today is Gabrielle’s birthday, please visit her and wish her a very Happy Birthday!

Gabrielle writes…

My kids love using this age-old technique to customize t-shirts, tote bags, bandannas… whatever they
can get their hands on.

Here’s how we make potato prints:

1) Use a good-sized baking potato. Scrub it to remove any dirt (your don’t want dirt mixing with your paint). Slice it in half through the fattest part of the middle.
2) With a pencil or pen, draw a simple shape on the cut end of the potato half. Think hearts, stars, initials. We’ve also done smiley faces, skulls and even a simple bird. Because the cut end is wet-ish, the pencil/pen won’t work that well. Don’t worry, you’re just making a basic guideline.
3) Use an exacto knife to cut away the parts of the potato that fall outside the shape. Cut in about 1/4″ deep. The shape will become a raised surface.
4) Make a puddle of fabric paint on a paper plate. Press the shape into the paint, or use a sponge brush to apply fabric paint to the shape. Then press the inked shape onto the fabric.  Repeat as many times as you’d like. Want to change paint colors? Just rinse the potato in running water and pat dry.
5) After the paint is dry, follow the paint directions and set the stamped area with a hot iron.
Other notes:
-Fabric paint typically works best on natural fibers.
-Experiment first on a spare scrap of fabric so you can see what kind of paint coverage you prefer on the potato stamp.
-Some fabric paints don’t show up well on dark colors, so you might want to stick with lighter colors to print on.
Yay for potato printing!

For inspiration and loads of beautiful pictures and creative ideas visit Design Mom.

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  3. Laura
    Friday, September 13th, 2013
    I was thinking of doing this for a birthday party activity. I am just wondering if I will have enough time to iron the shirts before the kids go home? As I don't think most parents will want to use their irons on paint.
    • Sunday, September 15th, 2013
      Laura, I think you could do it really quickly as they leave. Maybe a friend could help you.
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  6. Monday, July 5th, 2010
    I highlighted this project on my Kids Painting post tonite. I also linked up to Design Mama. Can't wait to give this a try with my grandson. He'll love it!
  7. Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
    I must make some potato prints with my daughter she will love it! I used to make them... seems like a great time to try it again! Thanks for sharing!
  8. Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
    I did the same thing for my christmas cards a few years back. So unique, effective and cheap!

    have a look here:

  9. Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
    So cute!! I've seen potato stamps but never tried making one myself. I really love these designs tho, and make me wanna try my hand at it!
  10. Carrie
    Thursday, June 17th, 2010
    If you cut the potatoes in half an hour or so before you want to carve and stamp, they will dry out a little and make it easier to work with and the paint sticks better to the potato.
  11. Lauralee Hensley
    Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
    Potato stamping is fun.
  12. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    Potato stamps are so fun! I think that skull is the most creative one I've ever seen!
  13. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    Ooh! I haven't done this since I was a kid. I think it might be time to introduce the kids... thanks for the post!!
  14. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    This looks like something my grandchildren would love to do this summer. Thanks for sharing. I would never have thought of this on my own.
  15. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    Such a cute blog! Crafts are so much fun. I'm not very versed in them right now, and my little one is only 6-months-old, so I haven't done anything with her yet. It will be fun to be able to do crafty projects with her soon, though!

    God bless!
  16. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    Great tutorial! I'm hoping my almost-3 grandson can play with this. He'll have fun no matter what it looks like!

    Hey Cindy! I just saw in your sidebar that you are behind Sweet! on FB. Kim recommended it and I 'liked' your page. I didn't realize it was you. I just want to learn how to bake better.
  17. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    GREAT Idea. I love it. I passed up the opportunity to by a huge lot of stamps at a consignment shop, and I have been kicking myself since then. Thanks for making things better. :)
  18. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    Love this idea... it's one of my kids' favorite things to do... however we usually stamp on paper. I think it'd be super fun to let them decorate their own shirts!
  19. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    This is super cute. I have a ton of potatos I got on sale and now I know what I can do with some of them. Very creative!
  20. Monday, June 14th, 2010
    darling! it has been forever and a day since i made potato stamps. thanks for all of these amazing ideas!