Potato and cork printing

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Potato printing is a fun and inexpensive way to print patterns. You can print on fabric, clothing or, as Willowday did, on newspaper! In our last post we made glitter hearts using potato printing, but we did not want to stop at that. A pair of old boxes, once containing clementines, has to be redecorated. Check it out!

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We use potatoes, acrylic paint, brush and wooden boxes. We will also use wine corks.

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1. First, we cut out a stamp in the potato using a knife. With cookie cutters you can easily make beautiful stamps in various shapes, but we want to have a geometric stamp this time. We dry the potatoes off with a bit of paper and then cover it with paint using a brush.

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2. Now start printing. Apply a new coat of paint on the potatoes after each time you print. Then let the box dry.

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3. We have also used wine corks to print with. The same instructions apply here; cover your stamp with paint…

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4 . … and press it on to the box. Neat, don’t you think!

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The boxes are much prettier now. The short ends of the boxes gets a coat of blackboard paint, that way can easily see what should be where.

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With some hobby paint and things we had at home we have transformed what could have been trash into neat and practical storage. We can’t recommend potato print as a technique enough. It’s easy and cheap and works well with both small and large children. What would you like to print?

Ombre pasta mobile

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Mobiles – can one ever have too many? Probably, but we want to show you yet another, mostly because it was both fun and easy to make and turned out really well. This time we mixing colors and paint pasta.

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You need funny shape pasta, we have chosen pasta bows, acrylic paint, yarn and a twig.

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1. Begin by painting the pasta. We use a solid turquoise color to paint the first round of pasta in. Next, we mix a little drop of white in the turquoise and paint the next bunch of pasta in it.

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2. We give each round of pasta its own color mix by adding a little more white every time. The result is ombre pasta bows, extending from dark turquoise to plain white.

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3. Once the paint dried, we attach the bows to the yarn with glue. Each string has also gets a bell. We simply love bells.

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Tie the yarn strings to a twig and the mobile is ready to be hung on display.

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Freja also painted a bunch of bows in pink and orange. We used them to decorate a vase with.

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Our ombre pasta mobile is in place! Have a lovely weekend!