I used to make wrapping paper every year when I was a kid and it always made our gifts stand out. Hand painted wrapping paper gives your presents such a personal touch, and I like the ability to customize it with whatever colors and shapes you prefer. And of course, it’s just plain fun! I have been wanting to make a potato stamp project for a while, and this potato stamp wrapping paper project was the perfect chance.
I love the look of the stamped patterns. For some reason it feels like you’d find patterns like this at a trendy store. It’s fun when you make a project and think to yourself, “Wow, I made that!” The potato stamp wrapping paper was a simple 2-step project with an awesome finished look. Here’s how I made it.
How to Make Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper
- cutting board
- white kraft paper (I cut sheets off of a roll of white kraft paper. Cutting off sheets made it easier to stamp than keeping it on the roll.)
- non-toxic craft paint
- disposable paper plate to hold paint (then you can throw it out when you’re done)
Make the potato stamps
First I made my potato stamps. I washed and dried a potato, then cut it into round slices. I very carefully cut a couple slices into the shape of triangle, one into an arrow, and one into a heart. I tried to stick with simple shapes, so they would be easier (and safer!) to make. None of my stamps were perfect, and it’s important to be super careful making them since you’re using a knife to cut them into the right shape. I think the imperfect look of the potato stamps was awesome though, and made the paper look a little more unique.
Safety note: I write about a lot of kids activities on my blog, but this is an adults-only step. If you want your kids to help you stamp paint with potato stamps, make sure to make the stamps on your own first (it obviously would not be safe for kids to cut the potato stamps).
Stamp the paint
Once my stamps were ready, I squirted a few colors of paint on a disposable paper plate and started stamping on sheets of the craft paper with my potato stamps.
I tried different patterns with triangles. I rotated rows of pink, purple and aqua triangles on one sheet of wrapping paper.
Then I tried some color blocking with the triangles. I stamped two rows of each color triangles pointing toward each other. This one actually ended up being my favorite.
I also experimented with pink hearts and aqua arrows. The arrows were actually supposed to be Christmas trees, but they ended up looking more like arrows (and I like the look with the arrows, anyway).
When I was finished stamping the wrapping paper, I set each piece to dry. I was so excited to wrap my presents in this fun, pretty potato stamp wrapping paper.
Don’t you love the finished look? All I had to do was cut out simple shapes from the potato slices and stamp colorful paint onto kraft paper to make pretty designs. It seriously turned out so cute and unique and will look awesome on my gifts!