Retro Crafts:Potato Printing


With a basket full of soft potatoes and some bored children on a rainy day I decided to go a bit old school and make some potato print pictures with them.

I can’t remember any of mine coming home with any potato printed items and I cant recall doing it myself since I was at school.

It’s such an easy craft activity that requires very little equipment or preparation.

We simply cut a few potatoes in half and number three then used her imagination to carve out some great shapes from the potatoes.

She created mainly raised shapes. Squares, triangles, simple lines and a little house.  There was also a heart that she dug into the potato thus using the outside of the potato to create the picture instead.

Once the shapes had been made we rolled a large piece of paper across the table and put some blobs of paint onto some paper plates and then left them to get creating.


It quickly turned into hand a finger painting too, but it’s great to give them free reign to produce whatever they like.

Number three and I are going to try some more intricate designs soon and hopefully make some snazzy wrapping paper.

What crafts do you remember from your childhood?


9 thoughts on “Retro Crafts:Potato Printing

  1. I loved doing this when I was little! It’s always the old school simple crafts that are the best ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try this with my daughter when she’s old enough! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I am so doing this this week!!!! Love that big paper, I need to get some, where did you get it? Thank you for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    1. It was great fun. I buy large rolls in IKEA and then just cut it to size as individual sheets cost a fortune!! A big roll is under ยฃ5 and we love going there and having a sneaky breakfast!! X

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