Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois
Give me a plain white tote bag + paint + a potato and I am a happy crafter! This Valentine’s Day I made this heart-stamped tote for my daughter. And to make the stamp, I used—get this!—a potato. If you haven’t made a potato stamp before, you have to give it a try, it’s so easy. And I love the look of ombre, so I stamped my hearts in varying shades, ranging from soft pink to cherry red. This is the perfect little gift for your sweet one this February 14.
Click through for the step-by-step instructions …
1. Draw a heart shape onto a cut potato; mine was about 1.5 inches wide.
2. Use the paring knife to carefully cut around heart shape; be careful not to cut too deep (aim for about 1/4″).
3. Next, cut around the outside of the potato about 1/4″ from top (see photo for detail).
4. Pat the potato dry; then, using a sponge pouncer brush, dab paint onto the top of heart shape.
5. Line the tote bag with a sheet of paper so the paint does not seep through. Use a ruler to help you stamp in a straight line. Press the stamp onto the bag and remove straight up. Continue stamping rows of hearts in your desired color pattern.
6. Once dry, lay a dish towel over bag and iron to set the paint. Add a handmade tassel if you like!
Photos: Sara Albers
More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Whimsical Valentine’s Paper Flowers
• DIY: Paper Flower Valentines with Candy Stems (Smarties!)
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag
• DIY: No-Sew Valentine Treat Bags