Oh, the good old potato stamp—it’s been a while, but we are back at it! I can’t for the life of me remember why we haven’t done this craft in so long. It was so fun, perfect for all 4 of my kids (um… and Mama, too), and they turned out so pretty.
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Fall is coming to these parts very soon. We had a huge (too huge) load of wood delivered just the other day. It will be here in just a few blinks, I’m sure.
Why so much wood? Well, I was cold last year. We didn’t have enough wood—rookie mistake. I was not about to make that mistake again! This year, we got 15 cords (rookie mistake number two). It turns out that is a TON of wood—dropped off by a transport truck amount. Whoops.
I really do love the Fall though, the temperature, the smells, the sights… and most certainly the crafting.
We started our Fall crafting this weekend. John was away, and one of my little ones was under the weather, so we were fairly housebound. It was perfect for some cozy indoor art.
I have been pinning away ideas on Pinterest (much like a squirrel storing away nuts) for the cooler weather. In the summer, we don’t tend to do nearly the crafting we do in the fall. One idea that I had been itching to try was to make leaves out of potato stamps. This idea is from Granduri si Culoare, and you can see their beautiful creations right here (link no longer available).
Finally, I had the chance to break out the potatoes! I found some long and thin potatoes and chopped them in half. Then I used a sharp knife to carve out the stem and three little veins on each side.
I gave my little ones some paint and a brush and let them get to it. Now that they are getting bigger, I am able to take part in the crafting myself usually, which is just lovely. So we all did beautiful fall leaf potato stamping.
Madeline decided to draw a tree first with a permanent marker and then added her potato stamp leaves.
Sam covered his page quite beautifully with all the different colours separately and then did some colour mixing too.
Ben began doing potato stamps and then discovered how slippery the potato became when painted, so did some potato sliding, too. After a little while, he ditched the brush altogether and opted to just dip his potato into the paint and then stamp it.
They all turned out beautifully!
Our first Fall decorations are officially up! Bring on the hot apple cider.
Thank you for reading, friends. I hope you have a lovely start to your week!
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