Before Big M started preschool, we used to attend a weekly playgroup at our local elementary school. It was a great way to meet other moms with kids the same age, the kids got to play together, do a craft, and at the end, had a little circle time singing songs and playing instruments. At Halloween, the weekly craft featured homemade ghost and pumpkin stamps from potatoes… so I thought we’d try our hand at homemade Easter egg stamps!
Homemade Easter Egg Stamps
This holiday craft requires minimal supplies, and you can cut the stamps as intricately or simply as you desire.
Knife (parent only)
Cost: Less than $5
Prep Time: Less than 15 minutes (including prepping potato)
Clean-Up Time: Less than 5 minutes
As you may already know, I’m a big fan of minimizing mess, while still letting my girls create and explore to their little hearts’ content. To make clean-up super easy, I always lay a trashable layer over the table before setting up the activity. For this one, I used 1/3 of a Dollar Store plastic table cloth, then put the paint on paper plates. When she was finished, I just wrapped the plates, paint and potatoes up in the table cloth and threw it all out.
To make your stamp, cut a small to medium sized potato in half. Then use a sharp knife to cut a design into the cut face of the potato. You can make it as elaborate or as simple as you like. Last year, at 2, Big M just dunked the potato directly in the paint and stamped away. For older kids and a cleaner stamp, you can paint a thin layer of paint, and even different colors in different areas, before stamping your Easter egg stamps.
If your potato is small, or your child has any trouble gripping it, you can insert a fork in the end to make it easier for them to stamp as well. Big M had no trouble with just the potato, and asked me to turn her paper around a few times so she could reach all the far corners. We used Crayola Giant Fingerpaint Paper, which has a nice sheen to it, and handles the paint well, but you could use any large white craft paper.
The finished product makes a great holiday place mat, or frame mat for your Easter photos!
Have you ever made potato stamps before? What other food have you crafted with? Share pictures from your favorite Easter crafts with us. For these, and more fun Easter ideas, be sure to follow our collaborative Easter board on Pinterest!