Every couple of weeks, I buy a huge bag of organic potatoes to save money and I never seem to use it all up before it starts sprouting and going gnarly on me. And I have to admit that I’ve been throwing them readily in the garbage (shame shame! but not really) except lately, I’ve been really wanting to be more mindful of my waste in the kitchen. I hope to learn how to make my own compost bin but I’m not quite there yet so for the meantime, I’ve been just trying to think of creative ways to use up what I have and repurpose them for something else.
So what to do with those potatoes you can’t eat anymore? Make fun art of course!
It’s a bit laughable that I call this a tutorial because it really isn’t. Of course if you are way way craftier than this, then you probably would have stopped reading this post and I’m assuming that all I have left reading this post are those for whom this is helpful.
Easy is compelling for me. So we make star shapes and flower shapes for this round. I don’t consider myself a crafty crafty mama and I thought it would do everyone a favor if I had humble ambitions in the craft/handmade department.
You Will Need:
- Old Potatoes
- Stock Paper
Dummies Crafty-Challenged Mamas Like Me:
- Cut your potatoes in half. Make sure they are so very dry.
- Draw an outline of the shape that will be easy to carve. Unless you are a master carver or ambitious to be one.
- Carve carefully with a knife. (If your child insists on doing it themselves, give them a butter knife and an extra pair of potatoes and let them have at it!)
- Brush the paint on the shape.
- Stamp away!
See how easy that was? You can also make simple cards if you’d like and use them for Invites for Thanksgiving or even thank you notes for Christmas! Art need not be elaborate. Simple is as simple does sometimes. And most of all, it’s the fun memories to be had!