Potato Printing


Me and my friend, Ruth, meet up every so often for a crafty session and general catch-up.  This summer we tried our hands at something delightfully simple - potato printing!  Do you remember that from school?  One of the most basic of printing techniques, bold, colourful and actually a great craft.  After researching the process and some design examples on Pinterest we got together the supplies and set to work...  

Here are the instructions so you can have a go yourself or even better, host your own potato-printing craft session!


Large potatoes or Sweet Potatoes

Sharp knife and chopping board

Water-resistant marker pen

Fabric paint / printing ink

 Sponge dabbers and paintbrushes

Selection of items to print on (we chose canvas tote bags, small notebooks, luggage labels and paper).



  1. Chop a potato in half and sketch out your chosen design using a water-resistant marker pen.  (Make sure your design is not too complicated as simple shapes work best).  
  2. Cut out the negative space around your design so that your shape has a good depth and is cleanly cut.  
  3. Now for the fun part, choose either fabric paint or printing ink, depending on what you are going to print on and yes, it does make a difference as using fabric paint on paper really doesn't work and vice versa. 
  4. You may want to experiment first to make sure your stamp gives the effect you want and to experiment with the amount of paint and pressure needed.
  5. Leave the paint to dry until it is dry to the touch.
  6. If using fabric paint, you can then iron over this (cover with paper first) to bind the ink to the fabric.
  7. Above all, have fun and embrace your inner child with this back-to-basics activity!


I really enjoyed potato printing and am determined to try it again before Christmas to make my own gift wrapping and perhaps a few home-made gifts.  If you give this a try, I'd love to see your pics!