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Potato Printing for Kids: How to Make Potato Prints

by Jean Van't Hul
October 23, 2019

Potato printing is an easy year-round art activity for kids of all ages. This fun and easy craft idea comes from The Artful Year book.

Child printing on paper with potato stamp

Potatoes are perfect for printmaking because they are easy to carve and they are usually in the pantry!

We use them all through the year to make different festive decorations. One of our favorite times of year to do potato printing is at Halloween, when you can make a spooky version of potato prints!

Here’s a video showing Potato Printing in action! And don’t forget to scroll down to get the step-by-step instructions.

Seashell potato printmaking

Potato Printing for Kids

This anytime activity comes from my book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes.

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Potato Printing

From The Artful Year, by Jean Van’t Hul, © 2015 by Jean Van’t Hul. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boulder, CO.

Potato printing is a classic, simple craft for children that can be used to create cards, decorations, ornaments, abstract art, wrapping paper, or even an Advent calendar.

MATERIALS

  • Sharp knife
  • Potatoes
  • Paint (tempera or BioColor, or water-based printing ink)
  • Plate or small bowl
  • Heavy paper or poster board
  • Glitter (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the potato stamp

    First, adults prepare the potato stamp by slicing a potato in half and then carving an image into the flat surface. Put an entire image on one potato half or carve components on separate potatoes, such as a tulip blossom on one, a stem on another, and a leaf on yet another.

    knife and potatoes for printing

  2. Prepare the paint

    Pour a thin layer of paint on the plate.

  3. Stamp!

    Your child can then press the potato stamp first in the paint, then firmly on the paper. Lift the potato to reveal the print.
    child making potato prints

  4. Add glitter

    Sprinkle glitter over the wet paint if desired.

  5. Repeat!

    Continue to print with additional images and colors as desired. pink tulip potato printing

Seasonal Variations:

Spring:

  • Easter Egg
  • Duckling
  • Fiddlehead
  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Leaf

Summer:

  • Stars and Stripes (for a flag)
  • Octopus
  • Seashell
  • Sun
  • Fish
  • Butterfly
  • Sailboat

Autumn:

  • Jack-o’-lantern
  • Pumpkin
  • Leaf
  • Bat
  • Ghost
  • Skull
  • Owl

Winter:

  • Stars
  • Heart
  • Ornament
  • Christmas tree
  • Simple snowflake
  • Wrapped gift
  • Angel
Ocean life stamps made from potatoes

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