Potato print with autumn motifs: this is how you make a stamp with the children!
At the end of summer we can look forward to the wonderful autumn colors again! The children in particular have a lot of fun in autumn and like to do handicrafts with natural materials. We offer you some ideas on how you can make potato prints with autumn motifs yourself together with the little ones. With a potato stamp you can conjure up beautiful motifs for the festive table for Thanksgiving, with the children monsters, pumpkins and co. Stamp for Halloween, make your own motifs with autumn leaves. So let your creativity run free – because you only need potatoes, knives and paint for the next handicraft projects. Fun for young and old is guaranteed.
Potato print with autumn motifs: colorful autumn leaves
The first project is for all craft enthusiasts, for whom the colorful autumn leaves are naturally part of the decoration in the months of September-November. Bring cheerful colors into the interior with these charming motifs that are inspired by nature. Our tip: First go with the children to collect autumn leaves from different trees, compare them together and choose your favorite leaves. Prepare a template out of paper, cut out the template and transfer it to the potatoes with a pencil. Then you can cut out the shapes with a sharp knife.
The next handicraft project is suitable for toddlers of kindergarten and school age. Just let them help with painting and stamping. You have to make the stamps yourself – there is a risk of injury. Children aged 10 and over can help cut out the motifs, but only under the supervision of their parents.
It is of course easier with cookie cutters for cookies and biscuits or with an embossing cutter. For this handicraft project you need several cookie cutters in different colors, potatoes, paints, brushes, knives. This is how the stamps are made: First cut the potatoes (choose medium-sized potatoes that will fit in your hand) in half. Then carefully press the cookie cutter on each half in the middle. Carefully cut out the potato edge around the cookie cutter with the knife (see photo above), then carefully remove the shape. The stamp motif should not be more than 1.5-2cm high.
Then the little ones can help out – choose different autumn colors – yellow, red and orange, for example, form a charming autumnal ensemble – and use them to decorate the table runner, the napkins, or stamp beautiful pictures together that you can hang up later.
This is how impressive the end result looks – an autumn table runner for the children’s table for Thanksgiving with the family. It’s also a nice crafting idea for children’s birthdays in autumn – especially when the weather is bad outside, painting and stamping are the order of the day.
Potato print with autumn motifs: decorate table runners for Thanksgiving
The next idea is especially for Thanksgiving – a table runner with ethnic patterns, inspired by the motifs used by the Indians in North America to decorate their tents. You can of course combine the three stamps in terms of color according to your own preferences. Even more so – if you let your imagination run wild, then you can not only create zigzag patterns, but also stamp complicated abstract images. For example, pillows, blankets and napkins can be decorated. Or you can hang your modern art above the sofa. The craft project is also suitable for school-age children.
You will need the following materials for the project: 2 potatoes, paint, brush, graphic knife, marker, kitchen paper. Choose watercolor paints if you are crafting with the kids. Use acrylic paints on fabric.
First cut the potatoes in two, then let them dry on kitchen paper. Choose medium-sized potatoes, do not peel the potatoes – this will give you a better grip and hold the stamp securely.
Draw the respective motif with the marker (geometric patterns without curved shapes are the easiest to cut out), then cut out the shape with the graphic knife, then carefully cut away the edges with the knife.
This is what the finished motifs look like: a triangle, a W letter, and a geometric shape.
Now painting is the order of the day – carefully apply a little paint to the stamp with a brush and create colorful patterns on the paper.
An example – sweetly decorated wrapping paper – a lovingly wrapped present for the grandparents.
Potato print with autumn motifs: feathers and birds
Nature motifs are particularly popular in autumn – bird feathers can be cut out of the potatoes with a little skill.
A creative idea for modern art using only stamps made from fruits and vegetables – the potatoes are cut into quarters and their prints serve as the bodies of the birds, the tree trunk is made with carrot stamps.
Potato print with autumn motifs: ideas for Halloween
Small children look forward to Halloween in autumn – so they are guaranteed to cause a sensation with the next project. Select 1-2 potatoes of irregular shape, cut them in half, dip the potatoes in paint and make colorful prints on paper. Then you can glue googly eyes, paint feet, mouth and hands. This is how the cute monsters pictured above are created.
Potato print with autumn motifs: Jack in the lantern
Everyone knows the legend of Jack O’Lantern, who outwitted the devil on the evening before All Saints Day and thus saved his soul from the fire of hell. After he died, however, he was also rejected by heaven. Then, out of pity, the devil gave him a glowing coal and a lantern made of pumpkin, with which he walks on earth for Halloween.
As creepy as the story may be, the pumpkin lantern is enjoying great popularity these days. With the next project you are guaranteed to ensure Halloween anticipation. Simply cut potatoes in half, carve out the face and paint with paint. Print the stamp on paper and then draw the face again with a marker.
Potato print with autumn motifs: greeting card with autumn leaves
You can decorate a greeting card with a self-made stamp. Choose a motif from the ones shown above and use it to decorate pictures or create collages. We hope you enjoy your handicrafts!