This Thanksgiving, Craft On with Nature Stamps

Harvest some fun with your kids using DIY nature paint stamps. Use fruits and veggies to "produce" works of art that are sure to brighten your day.

This Thanksgiving, Craft On with Nature Stamps

Harvest some fun with your kids using DIY nature paint stamps. Use fruits and veggies to "produce" works of art that are sure to brighten your day.


Most parents know this scenario to be true: you buy your kids the biggest and best toy in the store, yet all they want to do is play in the cardboard box. Kids sometimes find the most enjoyment from turning simple, everyday objects into something far more exciting.

That’s why on this episode of Craftitide, we’re showing you how to take natural products from your environment or kitchen and turn them into a DIY paint stamping project. These “Nature Stamps” can be made from whatever fruits or veggies you have in your kitchen, or whatever leaves you find in your backyard. Perhaps those apples you got last week have turned a bit brown? Gather them all at the craft table because we’re going to transform them into something new.

And we even have a bonus project! Not only is this stamping activity fun on its own, but you can take it to the next level with a little fabric glue and glitter. But you’ll have to watch the video to find out the rest.

Craft on!

 Supplies:

  • 1 potato
  • 1 apple
  • 1 stock of celery
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 pine cone
  • various shaped leaves
  • 1 stock of corn (husk removed)
  • tempera paint
  • paper plates
  • thick paper

Directions:

  1. Start by preparing the fruits and veggies. While this is an “adult-only” step of the project due to sharp knives and tools, use the opportunity to talk to your kids about what you are doing. Ask them what they think each fruit or veggie will look like on the inside—this will challenge their abstract thinking skills.
  2. Use a cookie cutter to make a shape in the potato and a knife to cut a handle into the apple.
  3. Cut the bell pepper in half and add corn handles to the corn stock.
  4. Take 5-6 pieces of celery and using a rubber band, tie together around the center. Use a knife to cut a straight edge on both sides of the celery bundle.
  5. Pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate. Use different plates for each color to keep paint from mixing.
  6. One at a time, firmly place each stamping tool into the paint and then firmly press on a thick piece of paper.
  7. Explore with different color combinations! Try painting long strips of colors on the corn instead of dipping it to see a special rainbow pattern when you roll the corn on paper.

Bonus Project: Seasonal Table Runners

Supplies:

  • stamping tools listed above
  • fabric paint in various colors
  • long pieces of canvas or other desired fabric for table runner

Directions:

  1. Repeat steps 1-7 (above). Instead of using tempera paint, use fabric paint to ensure the paint sticks and does not bleed.
  2. Use various stamp colors and combinations to create seasonal shapes and objects. For example, potatoes are great for making snowmen during winter, and various shades of leaves are perfect to create a seasonal fall scene.
  3. Bonus: add glitter to wet paint to add some sparkle.
  4. Bonus: using a sharpie, go back into the dried paint stamps to add details. You can add a scarf to the potato snowmen or trees branches for the leaves.
  5. Allow paint to fully dry and place on your table as a centerpiece.
  6. If food gets on your masterpiece, gently hand wash using soap and water.

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