Are you looking for a budget friendly craft idea that children can do for St. Patrick’s Day? If you want to spend time crafting with your children, create a a DIY 4 leaf clover potato stamp. Since I already had potatoes in the house for a roast I was cooking, this craft was inexpensive and easy to do. With these stamps, you not only help your children make adorable art, but you can also show your children how to be resourceful. My children were fascinated with the whole process of creating the stamp, and they loved using it to make St. Patrick’s Day cards.
4 Simple Steps To Make A 4 Leaf Clover Potato Stamp
Making a potato stamp is simple to do. You will need a Yukon gold potato, a sharp knife, some green paint, and paper. Remember to carve the potato without your child near you. Since it can be easy to slip with the knife, you should have a quiet space to focus.
Cut out a 4 leaf clover in a piece of paper
First, cut the potato in half. Then, to get the correct shape for your stamp, cut out a clover in a piece of paper. Double check that the clover is the same size as the potato. Place the paper directly on the potato. Each corner of the clover should be slightly smaller than the edge of the potato.
Use a carving knife to create the shape
If you use a carving knife, you can get the sharp corners you need where the clovers meet the stem. To make the shape of the stamp more pronounced, make the carvings deep. Leave the paper shape of the clover on the potato as you carve. This will help you better envision the end result while you carve. I tried carving without the paper shape, and I found it very difficult to get the correct shape.
You can use any color green to make your 4 leaf clover. We used a sparkly, bright green shade. I liked that the vibrant color reminded me of spring. To apply the paint, use a medium size paint brush. Only apply to the stamp area, and check that the whole stamp is covered.
Stamp paper, and enjoy!
Finally, practice stamping paper. You might need a few tries before you get the shape just right. Sometimes, the color looks more heavy than it is when it dries later. For your child to begin making a craft, demonstrate how to stamp the paper, and give supplies to make a festive St. Patrick’s Day card or banner. My children enjoyed making cards with colorful construction paper.
Will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a tradition? Share your ideas in the comments!