The week before the wedding I wanted to get my hands dirty in a messy craft project, so I decided to potato stamp the welcome bags for our out-of-town guest. The project transformed significantly from what I had originally imagined once Rufus’s little sisters got involved – it turned into a real Crafternoon. They started with the stamps, but then moved on to painting designs on the bags. And the end result was way more awesome than I expected.
For potato stamping, all you need is pen and paper, a few potatoes, a knife, some paint, and a surface to stamp on.
Step One: Get a potato, wash it off, and then slice it down the middle. (The knife-related parts of the project must be done by an adult. My mom did it for me.)
Step Three: Cut the stamp shape out of the potato with a knife.
Step Four: Choose a color of paint that you like. We had forgotten to buy paint, but luckily Rufus’s mom is a painter and had some acrylic paint that she was willing to part with. I mixed the colors together until I got a shade I liked. Using a paintbrush, apply the paint to your potato stamp. This helps you control the amount of paint that ends up on the paper, because too much paint on the stamp makes the stamped image look sloppy.
Step Five: Take your painted stamp and start stamping!
Sometimes your stamped-on image won’t be perfect, but you can always use your paintbrush for touch-ups.
And to make the project more fun, get other folks to help out! Almost all of the family members hanging around the house that day lent their artistic skills to the cause.
I highly recommend having a Crafternoon with your family in the days leading up to your big day. It’s a great way to relax, get your creative juices re-flowing, and get everyone involved. And the end result is a craft project that will be enjoyed by all of your handicraft-loving guests.