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Sustainable Summer DIY: Potato Block Printing

Woman making a block print out of homemade potato stamps.

In case you missed it, we're celebrating July with Schoolhouse Summer Camp — a seasonal series filled with simple crafts and fun recipes all based around the joyful nostalgia of (you guessed it) camp.

We started the day off with ice dyeing, and now we're moving on to another team favorite: potato printing. Whether you're looking for a simple solo activity or have little ones to entertain, below, Jorie shares an easy and sustainable summer craft to keep boredom at bay. Read our step-by-step guide below or watch the how-to here


Woman stamping on paper using a potato block stamp.



  • Potatoes

  • Fabric paint

  • Small foam paint rollers

  • Canvas

  • Knives

  • Pencil or marker



1. Prepare Potatoes

Cut the potatoes in half (can be cut crosswise or lengthwise, depending on your design). Then, trace your desired stamp shape onto the flat surface of the potato using a pencil or marker. 


Tracing stamp shape on potato for potato block printing


2. Cut Out Stamp Shape

Using a small knife or blade, cut along your traced line. Once the stamp shape is finalized, slice around the edge of the potato to remove the outside of the traced design and reveal your stamp. 


Woman using a homemade potato stamp to make a block print.

3. Paint + Stamp

Using a paint roller, cover the surface of your potato stamp. Stamp onto your canvas and reapply paint in between each stamp.


Potato block printing with blue and yellow paint.


4. Dry + Display

Let the paint dry. Then, hang and display using a magnetic framing kit or a thrifted frame. 


Potato block print art piece hanging in a backyard to dryl


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