<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=996690293685739&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />
308K Views

Potato Print Tea Towels

308K Views
If you're looking for the perfect handmade gift this holiday season (or for any occasion) these stamped tea towels make the perfect gift! The best part? They are budget-friendly and are made using a potato stamp! We're also sharing a fool-proof method to create the perfect stamp pattern in your potato. Bye-bye carving! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
SUPPLIES: - Potato (round is always better) - Knife - Tea Towel - Mini cookie cutter - Ink (fabric-safe) - Cutting Board
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
Step 1: Cut your potato Using a large knife, cut your potato in half width-wise. Ensure the surface is large enough to fit a cookie cutter.
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
Step 2: Push in the cookie cutter Now comes the fun part! Using cookie cutters, you can create a perfect design every time. No more hand carving with a knife. This is also a great way for older children to participate safely. Place the cookie cutter in the center of the potato. Press the cutter at least 3/4" into the potato.
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
Step 3: Cut away the potato Using a knife, cut 1/2" of the potato away from the cookie cutter. Remove the excess slice of the potato away and pull off the cookie cutter.
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
You're left with a beautiful cut-out, ready for stamping.
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
Step 5: Place it in the ink Place your potato stamp in the ink. Remember to use fabric-safe ink, which contains dye-based ink. This will ensure you can wash it safely without the ink transferring to other items. If you're working on white tea towels, you can select any color of ink you'd like. Have fun with it!
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
Step 6: Stamp away! Create any type of pattern you'd like. You can use several different types of potato stamps to mix and match patterns and create new designs.
  • potato print tea towels, bathroom ideas, gardening
And, we're done! These potato-stamped tea towels were so simple to make, budget-friendly and make great gifts. The possibilities are endless. Happy stamping!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Potato   (Stop & Shop (on-hand))
  • Knife   (on-hand)
  • Tea Towel   (Target)
See all materials

Got a question about this project?

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Dec 15, 2016

    What a genius idea!! I'm making a trip to ikea in a few weeks and am going to buy some plain tea towels to try this! :)

  • Jody
    Jody Milford, DE
    on Dec 16, 2016

    Love it, will make great gift! Thanks for sharing.

  • Merelyn.sale
    Merelyn.sale
    on Dec 16, 2016

    Cool simple idea

  • Judygistinger
    Judygistinger
    on Dec 16, 2016

    This was fun to see--my mom did potato stamping with me in the early 1950's! Thanks for bringing great memories back!

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      Julien K., Hometalk Team Fairfield, CT
      on Dec 16, 2016

      Aww, how wonderful! Isn't it amazing how things always come back around time and time again? Enjoy the memories and happy stamping!

  • Bonnie.batek139
    Bonnie.batek139 Bryant, AR
    on Dec 16, 2016

    so cute. did you use a spray to seal ink?

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      Julien K., Hometalk Team Fairfield, CT
      on Dec 16, 2016

      Hi there, No I didn't. If you use the correct fabric-safe ink, there is no need to seal it. Just make sure it is dye-based. You can always wash it after (without anything else) to ensure there will be no transfer dye.

Inspired? Will you try this project? Let the author know!