We could not find any cool wrapping paper for Father's Day and Donnie's birthday earlier this month, so we decided to make our own.
Usually potato printing requires that you carve a shape into the flesh of the potato to create a stamp, but we did something way easier.
First, gather some supplies.
We got a couple potatoes (and a carrot, not shown), some craft paint, a magic marker, and some large blank paper. This paper had wrapped something breakable that I bought recently. I always keep large blank paper if I can for projects like this one.
I noticed that the basic shape of these large potatoes sort of resembles the shape of a simple car. When I halved the potato lengthwise, it made a car stamp, with no carving!
Dip into the paint and press firmly onto the paper. Do what you can to get even paint coverage on your stamp, but don't worry too much about it. These are supposed to be simple and childlike.
We made wheels for our cars by cutting off the end of a carrot and dipping it in black paint.
Give your paper plenty of time to dry (like a day) before wrapping your gift. The paint tends to be a bit thick.
Tie with some colored string.
Since Donnie's birthday is always in the same week as Father's day, we made some for those gifts, too.
Rocket ships. These look more complicated, but they really aren't.
Slice your potato so that it looks like a long oval:
Then, about 3/4 of the way down, slice off the end.
Then cut the end into two "fins".
Stamp the rocket "body" first, as many times as you want.
Then add the fins to the cut end, making sure that the bottom of the fins line up with the bottom of the rocket.
After this paper was dry, we got a little more creative and added smoke to the bottom, and windows for the astronauts to see out.
What other simple stamps can you make, just from slicing a potato?