Potatoes. Who would have thought you could take something so common and turn it into a creative stamp? My daughter loved doing this project and so did I. I would say this is great for all ages. You can not only do shirts but I have actually seen people design their own stamps and make pillows and other home decor items. I have even seen them used as stencils on walls.
Since Valentines Day is coming up, my daughter wanted a shirt that she could wear to school. Since we are living in South Korea, it is a little hard to find the cute shirts like we could at Target in the past. I think she actually enjoyed this a lot more because she was actually able to make her own. Below are the super simple directions.
Cookie Cutters (or you can be adventurous and create your own designs)
Knife (obviously for the parent, do not let your child use it!)
Paintbrushes ( These are optional)
Cut the Potatoes in half, then push the cookie cutters into the potato.
Use the knife to cut around the cookie cutter so you have your very own stamp.
Make sure when preparing the shirt, you put a piece of cardboard in between the front and back to prevent any bleeding of the paint. This also helps to keep the shirt smooth so your child can stamp away without the shirt moving around.
Dip the potato stamp into the paint and stamp the shirt. That easy!
If you want to touch up any of the stamps, you can use the paintbrushes for that.
I saw a tree similar to this one on Pinterest and decided to try to make my own. I used different colors and textures of paper. I even used old book pages. All you need is a few items and in less than an hour you will have your very own Valentines Day Tree. See below for the DIY steps.
Step One: Gather all your supplies.
White or any color poster board
different colors of construction paper for the hearts (card stock paper seemed too stiff. I liked using the construction paper a lot better.)
any other kind of paper you would like to use. I used pink crepe paper and old book pages.
a heart paper punch
glue (I used regular elmers glue)
Any height of wine glass for base
Step 2: Cut your poster board so you can roll it up into a cone shape. I used a tupperware lid as the template for the curve.
Step 3: Roll poster board into a cone shape to fit over top of the wine glass. Use scotch tape to tape the sides together.
Step 4: Cut out a bunch of heart shapes from all the different kinds of paper then glue them on the tree upside down. You can experiment with the distance between the hearts and how they overlap. It all depends on how you like it. Keep gluing the hearts on the tree until it is completely covered. Once you get to the top, you can glue two hearts right side up as a tree topper.
*As you can see in the picture, my 7 year old daughter made her own tree. It was a really nice project for her because it doesn’t matter how you glue the hearts. The tree turns out beautiful no matter how you glue them. There is not a picture of hers because it was a little tiring for her lol. She is going to do hers a little bit each day.
Step 5: Stand back and admire your completed Valentines Day Tree 🙂