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DIY Shamrock Stamps

Kids can help get in the Irish spirit making these potato stamps.

Using a plain baking potato, a heart-shaped cookie cutter and some green paint, kids can make their own custom shamrock stamp. Use this technique to create artwork, greeting cards or even gift bags for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Instructions:

  1. Using a plain baking potato, a heart-shaped cookie cutter andsome green paint, kids can make their own custom shamrock stamp.Begin by choosing a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Once you’ve decidedon the size of your cookie cutter, select a baking potato that isboth long and wide enough to accommodate the whole cookie cutter.Slice the potato in half lengthwise. Press the heart-shaped cookiecutter onto the flesh side of one half of the potato.
  2. Once you have made the outline, an adult can then use a sharpknife to cut away the potato around the heart shape. The heartshape should protrude from the rest of the potato by about one inchin order to work as a stamp. This method allows your child to holdonto the potato as he stamps.
  3. Another option is to cut the heart shape entirely out of thepotato. Dip the heart shape into green paint, wiping away anyexcess with a paper towel or sponge. Carefully stamp three heartsin the shape of a shamrock onto your work surface. Use a paintbrushor a thin slice of potato dipped in green paint to make a stem tocomplete the shamrock.

Materials:

  • 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
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