Potato Print Gift Wrap Is Why Potato Printing Was Invented
I remember printing with potatoes and paint when I was at play group and school. It was one of my first memories of printing or stamping anything. I remember they tried to get me to put my feet in the paint to make a print. But as a 2 year old, I didn't want to.
Potato print gift wrap is a really fun, quick and easy project to do with young children. All you need is some simple craft materials and a potato or two. You can make any design that you like using any colours that you like.
Stuff You Need To Make Potato Print Gift Wrap
- Acrylic Paint
- Kitchen Paper Towel
- Plain Wrapping Paper
- Sticky Tape
- Narrow Blue Satin Ribbon
- Florists Wire
- Chopping Board
- Sharp Knife
- 2 Saucers
Making A Stamp Using A Potato
Get the chopping board and knife, and cut the potato in half with one smooth knife movement. Then cut the sides off of one half to make a square shape.
Then cut the other potato half into a square, then cut out a cross shape by removing triangular sections around the edges, and squaring off the ends of the cross. You can choose a different shape to make if you wish.
Paint Printing Using A Potato
Now put two different colour paints into two separate saucers. I chose blue and yellow for mine. Make sure that you have kitchen paper towels to hand. Use the potato to print the yellow coloured squares first, start at one corner and work down and across the sheet of plain wrapping paper.
Next, once dry, print the blue crosses where all of the gaps are between each of the yellow squares. Then leave the whole thing to dry thoroughly.
Potato Print Gift Wrap And Bow Making
Now you can wrap your gift, and use the blue satin ribbon, or a colour of your choice to decorate your present further. I have set mine a little off centre.
If you would like an even more decorative wrap, make a separate bow using more of the blue ribbon and secure the bow loops using florists wire.