People like their potatoes different ways. Some want them mashed, some fried, others baked… but me? I like potatoes sliced in half and covered in paint. Simply put, I love potato prints. Why? Because they’re easy and oh-so-adorable. Plus a potato is kinda an egg shape so you should have known I’d make Easter Egg Potato Prints. Right?
Now? It’s time to break out the Easter Eggs.
These potato print Easter Eggs are cute and easy. I stamped a tea towel in them using fabric paint. I can hang it next to the 3-leaf clover tea towel that’s still hanging up in my kitchen.
So what do you need to make these? Let’s find out…
How to Make Easter Egg Potato Prints
To start, rummage through your bag of potatoes until you find one that has a nice egg shape. Slice off one end of the potato using a large knife. You want a knife that can cleanly slice all the way through in one take or you might end up with an uneven surface, which would cause problems.
Next you want to carve your potato.
Here’s a secret – I used my polymer clay tools. I’ve used sharp kitchen knives and exacto knives before but the polymer clay tools worked perfectly.
I carved out some dots using one tool.
And then used another tool to cut out some fun zig-zags.
Use whatever tools you have to carefully cut out some designs and then remove the excess potato. You want to leave open spaces where paint will not touch the object that you are stamping.
With the shamrock and heart potato print stamp, we made a design in the middle of the potato and then cut away the edges. This time you want to cut your designs out of the middle of the potato.
If you’re stamping on paper then you can use regular acrylic craft paint.
Once your stamps are ready and your paint is ready, it’s time to stamp!
Using a paintbrush, paint the different sections of the stamp. You want to make sure the paint isn’t too thick or in thick glops along the edges. Just a simply thin layer of paint will do the trick.
Once your potato is painted, do a test run on a sheet of paper. If you like how it looks, reapply a little paint and do your first real print on your surface.
Press the potato down firmly onto your surface and then gently lift if off. You should have a cut little Easter Egg left behind! If there’s still a lot of paint on your potato, you can do a second print without adding more paint.
The more prints you do before applying paint, the fainter and fainter the prints will be. This can be a really cute look but you might also want to reapply paint before every print.
Look how cute that is!
Can I just tell you that this one even impressed my husband, who isn’t usually impressed by anything except computer parts. (How many keyboards do you really need?)
This made an adorable tea towel but just think all the things you could print on. Napkins for easter dinner, t-shirts, a white pillowcase dress for little girls, tote bags. The list is endless – kinda like my husband’s computer part obsession.
So who’s breaking out the potatoes and paint?
If you love this project, please take a minute and share it with friends or save it to your Easter Pinterest board.