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Potato Bags + First Day of Summer Kits DIY

I love using rubber stamps. But for simple projects, sometimes it’s easier and cheaper to just make a potato stamp at home. (Remember this tablecloth and this piece of art?) For our First Day of Summer Favor Bags, we decided to make a potato stamp in the shape of a sun. We used it to decorate the bags we then filled them with essential summer supplies like mini beach balls, sunglasses, water balloons, and sunscreen.

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Materials: 1 Potato, A Small Knife or Lino Cutter, A Pencil or Pen, Small Brush, Paint, Favor Bags, Small Summery Treats

Step 1: Cut the potato in half.
Step 2: Draw the shape of a sun into the cut side of the potato.
Step 3: Use your  knife or lino cutter to remove all the potato parts around the sun (this will create a stamp.)
Step 4:  Use a brush to apply colorful paint onto the potato and then stamp it onto your favor bag. It may take a few tries to figure out how much paint to use.
Step 5: Wipe the potato clean with a paper towel and wait a few minutes before using the stamp with a different color of paint.
Step 6: Fill the bag with fun summer treats. We used mini bottles of sunscreen, mini beachballs, water balloons, and sunglasses.
Step 7: Give them out to everyone at your party!

Photography by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Production by  Alison Piepmeyer
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Crafting by Tais Horta

  1. Michelle @ Fully Belly, Worn Soles

    June 21, 2013

    Ca-ute favours! Way to promote sun protection!

  2. giulia

    June 21, 2013

    you are a genius!!!!!

  3. Sarah

    June 21, 2013

    LOL well, I feel kind of cool, because everything in this bag is pretty much everything I have for my sons goody party bag next week for his birthday. I feel like it’s been Oh Happy Day approved 😉

  4. Hazel

    June 21, 2013

    Love this idea! Where did you get the sunglasses? I could do this for a party favor!

  5. Sarah

    June 21, 2013

    are the bags wax paper? Did the ink bead up at first? marker prob woudln’t work huh

      • jordan
      • June 21, 2013

      Unfortunately, no. I don’t think marker would work. We dipped the potatoes in paint though, and it worked great!

  6. little t

    June 22, 2013

    Such a nice idea!

  7. Sofie

    June 25, 2013

    I will try this idea and fill the bags with home made cookies for my son’s teachers. If it works out, I’ll post it on my blog. Keep my fingers crossed

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