Potatoes are good for more than mashing. They’re also a crafty bride’s go-to tool. Especially when turned into a homemade stamp to decorate wedding essentials. From invitations to table runners, you’ll be surprised how quickly you create your happily-ever-after
What You’ll Need:
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
- a knife
- an X-Acto knife
- and of course a potato
Start by brainstorming your design. You can choose whatever print accentuates your wedding style — leaves, flowers, the fleur-de-lis. This tutorial is for a feather, but the design is easily adaptable.
Now that your idea is in place, grab a knife and cut your potato in half lengthwise.
Grab one of the oblong halves and begin carving your design. Start by cutting the outline of your shape into the tater. Next use your knife to cut away any potato that is outside of your design.
Once you’ve carved your feather’s outer shape, it’s time to turn the potato into a stamp. With an X-Acto knife make a shallow slit in the middle of the potato. This will be the center of the feather. Remember the wider the line the less ink transferred onto the cardstock and fabric. To make the fluff of the feather, drag the knife from the center-line you created to the edge of your stamp. Do this continually in one-centimeter increments down the tater. When you finish with one side, repeat the process on the other side.
Now it’s time to ruffle some feathers. Switch up the design by carving some slits out. It’s okay if it gets messy. Imperfections add handmade character.
When you’re satisfied with your design let your stamp sit for two hours. This time allows the potato to dry, but isn’t long enough to wilt the tater and ruin your design. Yes, it’s hard to quit when you’re in the crafting zone, but paint sticks better to dry taters. While you wait, find a flat, even surface and spread out your fabric and cardstock.
It’s stamping time. Begin by brushing acrylic paint onto your stamp. Acrylic is waterproof, which isn’t important for paper projects, but it will allow you to wash stamped fabric after a guest’s red wine slips. You can keep your stamps simple and classic by choosing only one color, or you can get festive with an ombre of your wedding colors. If you’re a gal who likes glitter, sprinkle a pinch on the edges of the wet feather for a hint of sparkle. Regardless, remember that shabby-chic isn’t about perfection. Don’t worry about getting paint into every nook and cranny or keeping sparkles specifically to the edges.
Once you’ve painted your potato, place it face down on the cardstock or fabric. Apply even pressure to the back of the potato, but don’t press too hard or your design will go splat. Since fabric is absorbent you will have to repaint your potato after ever stamp. For the cardstock you can use one coat of paint to stamp two-or three-times — depending on how opaque you want your design.
Hint at your big day’s theme with a small stamp on your wedding invitations. Carry the look from I do’s to reception hall with a smattering of stamps on guest books, place cards, table runners, and chair covers. Give your guests your final stamp of approval with decorated thank you cards.
Guest Blogger: Rachel Ward is a fashion blogger with a pension for DIY. When I can’t wear my creations, I opt for making decor and paper goods. The two marry perfectly in wedding projects. From stamping to sewing, this Midwestern girl needs a good craft.