Make Your Own Potato Stamp Heart Art
We love making Heart Art around here, not just for Valentine’s Day but for any occasion where we want to show someone a little extra love and support. Let’s be honest, folks: it’s been a rough couple of years! Art is great for mental health, and I think we could all use a little reminder that we are loved and not alone these days.
So let’s get started with this ridiculously easy and fun way to make Potato Stamps! I will also answer some frequently asked questions and cover one of my very favorite arts & crafts tips as well!
Material List for Potato Stamps
I love this project because it is easy to setup and requires very little in terms of materials. Matter of fact, you probably have all these craft supplies at home already.
- metal cookie cutter in the stamp shape you want
- a potato sized slightly larger than your cookie cutter
- sharp knife
- paint (acrylic or tempera) or large stamp pad
- paper, cardstock, etc
NOTES: I prefer the sturdiness of a metal cookie cutter for this project, but you could try using a plastic cutter and see how it goes. Don’t have a cookie cutter? Stamps can certainly be freestyled if you are extra artistic or don’t have a cookie cutter on hand. If you are allergic to potatoes or already have delicious plans for your spud stock, try tracing your cookie cutter onto a kitchen sponge and cutting out your shape that way!
Create your Potato Stamp
I prefer to scrub, wash, and towel dry my potatoes before I use them for stamps. It’s totally personal preference so do as you like; I just don’t like how dirty and grainy an unwashed potato feels when I’m working with it. That sensation can be particularly difficult for kiddos who are sensory sensitive, so keep that in mind. For those working with kiddos, please note: a responsible adult will be needed for the potato trimming part in the steps below.
- Grab your perfect potato and cut in half.
- Eyeball your cookie cutter to the center of your cut potato.
- Press the cookie cutter into the potato until it’s about flush with surface.
- Using a sharp knife, make a cut about 1/4″ down the potato, on the outer edge.
- Trim around the outer edge of the potato, cutting deep enough that the knife reaches the cookie cutter.
- Pull off the excess potato.
- Slide the cookie cutter off of the potato.
- Towel dry the open end of your potato stamp.
I love creating Heart Art with a simple color palette. As you can see here, we used red and white which helped to keep our stamp art simple, but it also coordinated with a large number of papers and background colors. We are using acrylic paint. Tempera paint always dries with this weird texture that neither my kids or I care for in art that will be handled.
I recommend using a smaller amount of paint and then spreading it around with a brush or paper towel so that the paint is a little thinner when using it for stamping. You can also thin it out a bit with water if you find it to be too thick for the look you want–just start small and don’t thin it too much. Practice using different amounts of paint and stamping techniques to get the look you want.
I like to put my paint on paper plates so that I can dip my stamp in the paint, stamp it a few times on the palette plate, and then stamp it on my artwork for the perfect stamp effect. I use the stamped paint on my palette to mix different shades to give my palette a little more dimension.
We usually gather up a combination of construction paper, copy paper, and cardstock when we are painting. IKEA has a great pack of craft paper called MÅLA that has a large variety of paper colors and sizes that I absolutely love. It is very affordable and my favorite paper to keep on hand for our painting projects. Grab a pack next time you are there, it’s useful for so many projects.
Bonus Tip: Turn Your Art Into Cards
Every time we paint, I bring out a few blank, folded cards for us to decorate with whatever art process we are using that day. It’s a fun way to build a stash of beautifully decorated, handmade cards that you can reach for any time you need one.
My favorite blank, pre-folded cards are Hamilco White Cardstock Thick Paper, 5 x 7. These cards are 80LB card stock, so they really make for a lovely painting surface. I also purchased a pack of A7 envelopes in rainbow colors so that we could always match our envelopes to our artistic cards. I really love having handmade cards lying around for any occasion.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why did the potato cross the road?
Because he saw a fork up ahead.
- What do you call a potato with glasses?
- What is the potato’s least favorite day?
- What do you call baby potatoes?
See you later, stamp potater.
You can always count on me to chip in a good potato pun. I hope you had a blast making your Potato Stamp Heart Art. If you want to continue to the potato stamping for another day, just wrap that spud up and pop it in the fridge for a couple of days. It won’t last much longer than that, I’m afraid, but you’ll have lots of great pieces to show for all your effort. If you do decide to try out Potato Stamping, definitely let me know how it goes!
Looking for More Valentine’s Day Crafts?
Potato Stamping is fun, but it’s really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Valentine’s Day craft potential. I’ve been making a list of the Valentine’s Day crafts that I think would be fun to do this year, and I pulled together my favorite tutorials for you in 9 Valentine’s Day Crafts & Decor! I hope they help fill your February with creativity, love, and kindness.