Kids can help get in the Irish spirit making these potato stamps.
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- A baking potato
- Sharp knife (to be used by adults only)
- Green poster or tempura paint
- Paint brush
- Craft paper, muslin bags or other surface for stamping
- Using a plain baking potato, a heart-shaped cookie cutter and
some green paint, kids can make their own custom shamrock stamp.
Begin by choosing a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Once you've decided
on the size of your cookie cutter, select a baking potato that is
both long and wide enough to accommodate the whole cookie cutter.
Slice the potato in half lengthwise. Press the heart-shaped cookie
cutter onto the flesh side of one half of the potato.
- Once you have made the outline, an adult can then use a sharp
knife to cut away the potato around the heart shape. The heart
shape should protrude from the rest of the potato by about one inch
in order to work as a stamp. This method allows your child to hold
onto the potato as he stamps.
- Another option is to cut the heart shape entirely out of the
potato. Dip the heart shape into green paint, wiping away any
excess with a paper towel or sponge. Carefully stamp three hearts
in the shape of a shamrock onto your work surface. Use a paintbrush
or a thin slice of potato dipped in green paint to make a stem to
complete the shamrock.
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