Shamrock DIY Paint Stamp from a Potato

One potato, two potato, three potato, four…make your own potato stamp to use on your decor! Okay, I’m such a dork, but at least I’m a dork that knows how to rhyme, hmmm?

So I saw this idea for a diy potato paint stamp in a craft book years ago.  I no longer can find the craft book to give credit, so if you happen to know which one it is, please let me know, as I would like to mention it.  

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The potato stamp from the book wasn’t a shamrock stamp, but seeing as how St. Patty’s Day is right around the corner, I thought a shamrock stamp was ideal to demonstrate this fun, little craft project that can be done by adults and kids alike.

Note:  Some kids may need a the help of an adult to cut out the design. 

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Shamrock DIY paint stamp from a potato

I decided to go with shamrock tea towels for a little luck of the Irish!!!

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Here are the supplies I used:

One or more potatoes

Flour sack towels

Green craft paint (I mixed two colors, any Irish-ish greens will do)

Fabric paint medium

Exacto knife

Sharpie

Paper (towels, newspaper,  or craft paper) for blotting

Scrap fabric – Optional: for practicing the stamp technique before applying to a project

The key with a potato stamp is that the stamp design should be simple and as one dimensional as possible.  It helps if it’s a design that you can hand draw, as well.

Do this step first:

I cut a potato in half and set the cut side face down on paper towel to absorb some of the moisture.

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This is my shamrock potato stamp, as you can see, not too fancy.

To make my shamrocks, I used an old St Patrick’s Day ornament to copy the shamrock design with a Sharpie onto the potato.  I hand drew the design not being too particular.

Next using the Exacto knife, I cut the design out, making sure to cut the non-design part of the potato down about 1/8″ (3.175 mm) or more.  A little more is probably better.  This well help keep the paint from over spilling outside the design area.

I poured some green craft paint onto a plastic lid and then added the fabric medium in a 5:2 ratio. (5 part paint to 2 part fabric medium).  Too much fabric medium made the paint too runny.  I found that less medium than what the bottle called for worked better.

I opened up one of the tea towels completely and laid it onto paper.

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Practice, practice, practice

I dabbed the stamp into the paint, dabbed it onto the craft paper to get most of the paint off, and then started stamping…. I had to practice a quite a few times, in order to get the feel of the stamp. Finding out, how much paint worked best, how much pressure to use, etc…but after getting the hang of it, the stamped worked quite nicely.

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Ironing can be done after the paint is dry

Potato stamping is not for the perfectionist.

Some of the stamps were darker, some lighter, some only made half a stamp.  But when you looked at the whole of all the stamps combined, your eye sees the stamped shape, rather than a few imperfections.

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For one of the towels, I kept it simple by sliding a piece of cardboard under the first layer of fabric and placed three shamrock stamps down the center.

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 This was my husband (the perfectionist’s) potato stamp.

It looks like it has been die cut, doesn’t it?

More than likely, your potato stamp will look a little more like mine shown further up on this post:)

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DIY Potato Stamp Tips Recap:

-Potato stamping can be done with plenty of other simple shapes, but make sure to keep them simple, ie: hearts, moons, or stars, clovers, shamrocks… rather than an intricate Celtic knot.

-Practice on scrap fabric to get the feel of your very own unique potato stamp 😉

-It seems to work well on natural fabrics like muslin and cotton.

-Using lighter colors of paint, especially for curtains works nice with this method, because the imperfections will not show as much as with darker colors of paint.

-Keep stamp as dry as possible, clean off the edges with paper towel whenever needed.

-Fabrics can be ironed or pressed after the paint has dried 24 hours.

Consider doing this as a kid’s or teen craft to make or tee shirts or something fun like that.

Don’t you think they’d get a kick out of getting down to earth with a craft that uses something that grows in the ground as a paint stamp?

So then they can go and Instagram it to their friends…?!

Making these shamrock towels was perfect for a bit of Irish this time of year, and of course what better way to make Irish decor than with a potato??

Happy St Patty’s Day ~ Amy

   

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8 Responses to Shamrock DIY Paint Stamp from a Potato

  1. chris aka monkey March 11, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    i remember doing this as a kid and i am 66 so it’s been round a long time but thanks for bringing it back dork xx

  2. sharleen March 11, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    Great idea Amy. the linen is very cute and so fresh looking. love green and white combo . Yes i remember doing this in primary school too. I fancy doing this with the potato as an Easter egg shape. on a table runner. thanks for the idea. I feel a project coming on. 🙂

  3. Feral Turtle March 12, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    I love dorky Amy!! I think I might make a four leafer!! Luck is always a good thing to have. Is that dorky of me? Cheers Amy and Happy Weekend tomorrow!

  4. Danni@SiloHillFarm March 18, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    Day after St. Patrick’s and I’m finally getting around to this lovely idea. I’m way behind! Yesterday, I took down my Valentine’s stuff and just bypassed St. Patricks and grabbed the Easter box! LOL!

  5. Sherry March 24, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    I’m a dork too Amy…. it comes out more and more lately.
    Look at you stampin with tators….You go girl!
    I.am.so. behind.
    xoxo

  6. DazzleWhileFrazzled February 19, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Thanks for linking up at our St. Patrick’s Day blog hop. My kids would love this craft. You’ve given me a great project.

  7. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty March 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    Oh wow, I forgot about potato stamps! We used to do these when I was a kid! I love your shamrock version, glad you shared on my Dollar Store Blog Hop! 🙂

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