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Potato Stamp Shamrocks

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Use an Irish potato to create shamrock art!

If there's one garden vegetable that most people associate with Ireland, it's the potato. The Irish and potatoes have a long history. Generations of Irish people depended on this edible tuber for sustenance for years, and the great potato famine of the 1840s was a main factor in many Irish families' emigration to America. Potatoes are still a staple in many Irish dishes, but you can also use potatoes for some St. Patrick's Day fun! Ever tried potato stamps?


If there's one garden vegetable that most people associate with Ireland, it's the potato. The Irish and potatoes have a long history. Generations of Irish people depended on this edible tuber for sustenance for years, and the great potato famine of the 1840s was a main factor in many Irish families' emigration to America. Potatoes are still a staple in many Irish dishes, but you can also use potatoes for some St. Patrick's Day fun! Ever tried potato stamps?

Kids love stamping, so potato stamps are a cheap and easy option to meet their crafting needs. A shamrock is an easy stamp to make. First, cut a potato in half, and then draw a heart on the cut end of one half of the potato. A heart-shaped cookie cutter makes this even easier. Use a knife to trace around the border of the heart, and cut away chunks of the potato so that a raised heart remains in the center of the potato.

Brush green paint on the heart and stamp it on paper to make potato stamp St. Patrick's Day art. Although the stamp itself looks like a heart, groups of three stamps with the pointed ends together will result in a three-leaf shamrock. Just use a paintbrush to fill in the stem. Happy stamping!

How to make a shamrock potato stamp:

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