It’s the time of year to get your Christmas cards sent. We decided to make some this year. I figured for the most toddler participation, potato stamping would be the best option. (I didn’t want to have Sophia only be interested in making one or two cards and all the rest left to me)
What you will need:
- A large potato
- A large knife (to cut the potato in half)
- A small knife (for carving)
- Cookie cutters
- Tempera paints
- Foam brushes
- Card stock paper for cards
- A paper cutter
- A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
- Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
First cut your potato in half. Then cut out designs as wanted. I wanted to use cookie cutters on both but the tree cookie cutter I have was too big for the potato, so I ended free handing it.
When using a cookie cutter press it in to your potato half about a quarter inch. Then take your knife and cut away the potato to the cookie cutters edges.
Cut the card stock paper in half to a desirable size card. We decided we wanted our cards to fold open with a stamp on the outside and a stamp on the inside.
Put some tempera paint on your stamp with a foam brush. You don’t want to put the paint on too thickly or it will just smear.
TIP: Practice a few stamps on a scrap sheet of paper to figure out a good amount of paint for the stamp.
Place the stamp on the card and press firmly down on it before removing from paper.
Allow the first stamp to dry before stamping the inside of the cards.
I tried to make striped candy canes with red and white but it just blended together in to pink candy canes.
Allow paint to dry. Then they are ready to write in or decorate further if desired. Sophia drew pictures and added some stickers to ours 🙂