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Get stamping!

01 December 2015

Alright, so kids aren’t famous for loving vegetables, but after this idea they might be. We’ve been testing out craft activities that are great for parents and kids to do together in the Ideas lab with the help of our editor Linda’s young family. For this test it’s all about veges and paint. Come see!

A young girl uses a corn cob to roll out paint while two boys watch.

Potato stamps

You’ve got to love the humble potato, if you’re not eating them for dinner they make fantastic stamps too. Just cut them in half, press in a cookie cutter, trim around the edges and dunk them in some paint. We thought it’d be fun to make some homemade wrapping paper using plain paper and the kids stamps as decoration.

  • Making potato stamps, with paint, paintbrushes and potatoes cut in two
  • A women laughing with a boy while painting
  • Homemade giftwrap made with paper and with painted stamps decorations

Vege posters

While we were testing out potato stamps, we wanted to see if other veges worked just as well. The kids tried out cabbage, fennel and apples and stamped them on sheets of paper to make homemade posters.

A woman and a girl painting on an apple and a cabbage. A boy using an apple to make a painted stamp

“The cabbage made so nice patterns. Now potatoes feels totally old-school”


A girl using a corn cob as a paint roller

Corn roll cushions

But the surprise biggest hit of the day was using corn as paint rollers. We added a couple of skewers in the ends to make them easy to hold and the kids rolled them over plain cushion covers to make their own arty textile decorations.

Like these ideas? Check out two of our other craft ideas using lights and leaves we did with Linda and the kids.

A girl using a corn cob as a paint roller rolling paint on a pillow. A girl hanging painted cushion covers.
A picture showing posters, gift wrap and cushion covers decorated with painted stamps

Made by

Photographer: Daniel Wester
Interior designer: Therese Ericsson
Digital designer: Cecilia Englund
Copy writer: James Rynd
Editor: Linda Harkell