Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Halloween Potato Stamping

Yesterday the boys had a lot of Halloween inspired fun with some potato stamps I carved up.  I have been wanting to try potato stamps with them for a while since they seem to enjoy stamping even more then finger-painting. They are surprisingly fastidious little guys when it comes to getting their hands dirty.

So I'm sure I saw this idea somewhere on the great wide web but since it was such a simple idea I didnt "pin" it or anything so I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes.  Potato stamps are inexpensive and easy to make and the big potatoes are a nice size for chubby toddler hands.

To make your stamps simply cut the potaoe in half across the middle. Draw a (fairly simple) shape on the surface then cut away the potato around the outside of your shape.  Cut about a quarter inch deep so you have a nice raised surface for your stamp.

Each potato makes two stamps so I made one a regular pumpkin and one a jack o lantern.  I gave each boy a large piece of paper, a stamp and a paper plate with a bit of orange paint.  As with all painting projects, I strap the boys into their boosters and cover the kitchen table with an old bed sheet to contain the mess.

My guys loved the stamping and their pumpkins came out really well!  The trick is not putting too much paint in the plate, you only need a little to make nice prints.

Halloween has never been a favorite holiday of mine but it is easy to get in the spirit of fun while doing little projects with these guys.  I've even managed to find an Orchard in Las Vegas so I'm looking forward to picking apples and pumpkins soon too.  So many fun ways to celebrate fall.  I hope you are making the most of it too!

This post is linked to:
Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3

1 comment:

  1. I love the potato stamps! They came out great. I was wondering from the photo if it was a rubber stamp. It looks so professional.