15 January 2014

GET YOUR CRAFT ON // DIY POTATO PRINT TEE'S



Inspired by the new Fine Little Day Drops Pillow Case and my love of most things screen printed, we decided to do a little craft project and try our hand at – wait for it – potato printing. Ok definitely not as sexy as screen printing but it's super easy, kid friendly and anyone can do it. After going through F's drawers and packing away some of his smaller clothes *sob* I found a few plain white tee's knocking around. Not one for white t-shirts, we put them to good use immediately.

To get printing you'll need:

1. A potato or if you're adventurous, a different vegetable.
2. A kitchen knife or scalpel.
3. A brush and dish to rest it in.
4. An item of fabric you wish to print.
5. Ink – I used fabric ink which I got from a local craft shop.
6. A piece of card.
7. Child, optional but fun.



First decide what design you would like to print, we went for triangles and arrows. I chopped the potato into wedges and then carved the shapes into it. I found that wedges were easiest for F to hold when printing. Next apply ink to the stamp shape using the brush and set the brush aside. 

Next place the card inside the t-shirt to stop the ink going all the way through to the back, flattened the fabric and get ready to stamp! We printed one tee each, F going more for a creative style where as I took the symmetrical route. When you've finished leave to dry and iron on reverse to set the ink, allowing you to wash the item at 30 degrees and keep your design looking good. 
Et voila, two most definitely cooler tee's. Have you ever tried potato printing?



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27 comments

  1. oh gosh! Such a great idea. I need to try this with my girls :) x

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    1. Thanks, I only wish I'd some prints on clothes my size :) x

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  3. I love this idea!! Am defo going to be getting some fabric ink and having a crack with the kids :-)

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    1. It's great, you can even make a little hanging banner for their room. That might be our next printing project x

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  4. these look so cute Lori! I made Wilf some last year here http://www.tigerlillyquinn.com/2013/04/potato-printing.html you have reminded me to do them with him this year! x

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    1. Love your prints, so cute! I look forward to see what you do with Wilf this time round x

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  5. Love it and pinning this for later :) not potato prints but me and my (then) two year old stencil printed a moustache onto one of his tshirt a which looked great and hid loads of stains!!

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    1. Thanks :) Moustaches are cool, and good tip on using them to hide stains! x

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  6. Brilliant idea - I know my two would LOVE this x

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  7. wow these are brilliant! they look so professional!

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  8. Haven't done this for ages but must try it again soon, love your tee's.

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    1. I love doing stuff like this, it makes you feel like a big kid and get excited about crafts :) x

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  9. Love love love
    we do lots of vegetable printing but I've never thought to print them on clothes before. Genius!

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    1. Thanks! It'll be great to see what you do with yours. We'll have to try different vegetables next time and see what we can come up with x

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  10. Wow, you took me back! It's been years since I've last done any potato printing. I absolutely have to show this to my kids, in the hopes that they will want to do that with me. Wonderful post!

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    1. I hope they want to do some with you too, lots of fun x

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  11. I've been meaning to try this for ages - remember doing it as a child - yours are great!

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  12. I need to do this with my reception class !

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    1. I can imagine that will be messy but great fun, if they haven't got old clothes to bring in you could buy some material and get them to make their own fabric banners x

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  13. I love these! We have loads of white tshirts from when I went overboard with stocking up for school so I'm definitely putting this on our list of craft activities for half term.

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  14. love it... i was thinking about doing some potato printing, might nip out and grab some plain t-shirts to decorate!

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