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Stamped Tea Towel DIY Christmas Gift Idea

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comIn October, my DIY Christmas gift ideas sound something like this:

“hand-whittled figurines in the likeness of the recipient, king size quilts and knit scarves made from the thinnest yarn available (dental floss, perhaps?)”

By December, my thoughts turn to:

“What DIY gift idea can I crank out 20 of in less than two hours that will still make each recipient feel like my blood, sweat and creativity was poured into it? Oh, and I’ve inevitably indulged in a little Black Friday “self care,” so it needs to cost like a dollar per item.”

Well, those budget-friendly, lickity-split, love-imbued DIY Christmas gift ideas don’t come around all the time. (Take it from a girl who spends most Christmas Eves working on the not-so-speedy DIY gift that still isn’t finished.)

But today, all that changes! This potato stamp project is fast, inexpensive and fun to do with kids. These towels make perfect DIY Christmas gift idea for teachers, neighbors or co-workers. (In fact, I brought one to a party as a hostess gift this weekend.)

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comMake a bunch at one time for a little over a dollar each. (I dare you to find a decent Christmas gift that costs less!)

Mo, my recently appointed 3-year-old, and I did this project together. She LOVED it. But as someone who values a hands-off approach to creating with kids, I want to warn you that getting a tea towel to appear like it does in these photos with a 3-year-old will probably take some parental “encouragement.” I opted to just let her create her own version, which you can see at the end of the post.

I think kids that are five and older will probably be more likely to create something a little closer to the photos (but as always, please let my photos inspire you, not limit you!)

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comDIY POTATO STAMP TEA TOWEL SUPPLIES
plain towel (our are from IKEA and they cost $0.79 each. Win!)
green + red fabric paint
paintbrush
sharp knife (if you’re a kid, please make sure your grown-up does the steps that involve a knife)
paper towels
large potatoes

1. Cut your potatoes in half the long way. Cut a triangle into the top 1/2 inch of the potato. Carefully cut around the edge of the potato about a 1/2 inch down, leaving the triangle “stamp” surface behind.

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com2. Repeat for a few different sized trees. We created four trees and one imperfect star. (After I took this picture, I realized it would be easier to align the trees if the bottom part of the potato was cut off. I recommend trimming the excess potato on the bottom and even the top so that you can see where you’re stamping a little better.)

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com3. While you set up the rest of your supplies, let your potatoes hang out wet side down on a few paper towels. This will dry out any extra moisture on the potato stamp surface.

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com4. Cover your work area with newspaper or a paper towel in case you paint seeps through. Using a paintbrush, apply paint to a potato stamp tree and press it evenly onto the towel.

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comPotato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com5. Repeat as many times as you’d like and then add a star or any other extra jolly you choose.

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comPotato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comPotato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comNow make like 12 more in the next 15 minutes. Then go plop down on the couch with a plate of cookies and a glass of eggnog and celebrate getting your DIY Christmas gifts done faster than you can say “please don’t make me go to the mall.”

Make And Do Crew's confessions of real life
Snazzy blog photos can make it look like some people are doing it all (effortlessly!) while others of us (me!) are barely holding it together. So whenever I can, I like to introduce a little reality check in the form of a very un-Pinterest-worthy detail from my perfectly imperfect real life.

My hope is that it’s a helpful reminder to anyone reading that NO ONE is doing it all perfectly. 

My intention with this project was to spend some quality time with my daughter and produce the outcome you saw pictured above. She had some different, much more “hands on” ideas. When I saw that we weren’t going to anywhere near the tidy forrest of towel trees I had pictured in my head, I just let her create her vision. 

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comBut she was just getting started. The true masterpiece was still yet to come. So I grabbed our nearest rag towel and let her coat it in paint.

Potato stamp tea towel craft--a perfect DIY Christmas gift idea to make a bunch of at one time. They work out to about $1 each, which makes them an easy, inexpensive gift for everyone. This is a craft project parents can do with kids too! Click to view full step by step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI’m pretty sure my tense, “But yellow ISN’T a Christmas color!” was barely even audible…

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14 Comments

  • Brooke
    September 3, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    wonderful tips, too loved, I did not know this way of using espampar vegetables, simple and efficient, thanks for sharing

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 3, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Vegetable stamping is so beautiful in it’s simplicity, isn’t it? Thanks for your kind words, Brooke.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Renka
    November 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Hi, these are lovely and so personal, especially made with kids, so thank you for a great inspiration. My plans a off a very similar nature to yours, so I’ve laughed when I read your true to life early plans and then last minute reality 🙂 Loving your daughter’s fab creations!!! Have a nice day, Renata x

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Haha–yes, planning is not always my strength. Parenthood is one big exercise in rolling with the punches, isn’t it? 🙂

      Happy holidays!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Blake
    December 2, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I loved your post and I’m already going to do it with my kids. I love crafts and DIY .

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Awesome, Blake! I love DIYing with my kids. (I just wish they were a little better at the cleanup part. 😉 Have fun!

      Reply
  • Jaci
    December 23, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Can’t wait! I have all my supplies to do this with mom on Christmas Eve with my kids. Can’t wait! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Aw, how fun! I love that you had a special Christmas eve project planned. I hope it was wonderful for your family!

      Reply
  • cida
    January 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Very beautiful, I loved it

    Reply
  • Marina
    October 14, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Good ideia! Loved your job!

    Reply
  • Denise
    May 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I loved your post and I’m already going to do it with my kids. I love crafts and DIY .

    Reply
    • Jamie Shank
      July 6, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Awesome! Such a fun project to do with kids. Enjoy!

      Reply
  • Bianca
    May 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    wonderful tips, too loved, I did not know this way of using espampar vegetables, simple and efficient, thanks for sharing

    Reply
  • Tiago Oliveira
    August 7, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Great idea not only for christmas, but for others stamps!

    Reply

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