There is no shortage of natural beauty in the garden to inspire arts and craft projects. Creating unique stamps with fruit and veges is a fun, easy and inexpensive summertime project. Food stamps add a farm-inspired print to paper cards, stationery and wrapping paper. Stamping with fruits and vegetables is a great way for gardeners to showcase their homegrown produce. It also offers adults an opportunity to teach children about healthy food and basic botany.
- Vegetables: potatoes, celery, carrots, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, artichokes, celery, peppers, okra, onions
- Fruits: apples, pears
- Paper: poster paper, cardstock, envelopes, brown paper bags, packaging paper, construction paper
- Colorful acrylic paints and stamp pads
- Paring knife
- Cutting board
- Cookie cutters
How to make stamps from firm vegetables
I’ll describe the process using a potato, but sweet potatoes, turnips, beets and carrots also work well.
- Cut potato in half.
- Press cookie cutter into exposed surface or draw desired design freestyle.
- Whittle away excess potato with paring knife so that the design stands out ¼ to ½ inch.
- Remove cookie cutter.
- Use a paint brush to paint acrylic directly on the stamp.
- Spread craft paper on a hard surface.
- Apply even pressure on stamp when stamping.
- Dry completely.
Ideas for readymade fruit and vege stamps
- Cut apples and pears in half. Use acrylic paint directly on the stamp.
- Cut tops off celery and artichokes, leave base intact, stamp looks like a bloom! Use acrylic paint directly on the stamp.
- Cut tips off peppers and okra for perfect postage sized stamps. Stamp with inkpad.
- Cut onions for a circular design. Use acrylic paint directly on the stamp.
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