We’re getting ready to have a house full of kids. While that’s always fun, we like to tip the tables in our favor and have some crafts on hand keep them entertained. So we set up a craft table and let the kids come and go from the project throughout the day. If you follow suit, be prepared with enough supplies so a handful of adults can join in, too. They always want to at our house!
So what’s the best craft?
Potato stamps, of course!
They’re super-easy, flexible, inexpensive and best of all, fun to use!
First, you can “carve” your potato stamps into any shape or theme you want. Because it’s Christmas, you can make gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stars, angels, snowmen, basically any shape we’d use to make a cookie. In fact, you can use your cookie cutters to make the outline for your stamps.
Second, potato stamps flexible because you can stamp anything you want. We’ve had kids make a set of thank-you cards to use after the holidays. We’ve also done t-shirts, napkins, aprons, dishtowels, a calendar and, one Thanksgiving, our holiday cards.
Of course, you don’t need to be a kid to love this, and you don’t have to be at a party to give it a try.
This is a great activity to try at home over winter break, and we promise you’ll have lots of fun. Enjoy!
- Potatoes (russets, red or whites)
- Paring Knife
- Vegetable peeler
- Cookie cutters or a pencil
- Paint (craft or poster paint for paper, fabric paint for fabric)
- Paintbrushes (optional)
- Paper plates or shallow dish (one per color)
- Card stock, paper, or prewashed items (t-shirts, aprons, etc)
- 1. Cut your potatoes in half; shave the cut surface of the potato flat with the peeler.
- 2. Use a cookie cutter to press the outline of your shape onto the flat surface, or, if using a pencil, draw the outline of your shape pressing hard into the flesh of the potato.
- 3. Use your paring knife to cut around the shape.
- 4. Pour paint into dishes.
- 5. You can either dip your potato into the paint or use a brush to paint the raised shape.
- 6. Stamp away!
- 7. You can also use a paintbrush to add details—decorate your tree, give your snowman some eyes and buttons, paint Santa’s beard, etc.
- 8. If you’re using fabric paint, follow the directions on the container. You probably want a coat hanger to let your item dry, then you’ll probably have to iron it, too.
Check out our photos below to see an example!
No matter what your plans are, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Enjoy!