It’s easy to create a customized tote bag featuring a unique geometric design using the power of — Potatoes! Potato stamps are inexpensive, easy to make, and you can create nearly any shape you can imagine. Who knew potatoes make for the perfect craft supply. This tote bag project would be a fabulous choice for a crafternoon, or for a teen girls’ crafting night. Once your tote is complete, you can use it for so many situations — from carrying library books or magazines, to buying more produce at the grocery store.
Geometric Tote Bag Potato Stamps Supplies:
- Darice Cotton Tote Bag
- Acrylic Paints
- Large Kitchen Knife
- Paper Plate
- A Piece of Cardboard
Step 1. Find the roundest potato you can find and cut it in half at its roundest point, using a large kitchen knife. (The reason for the large knife? Because you want to create one very flat surface for stamping.) If there are any bumps in the circle, carve them away.
To create a line or arrow, take the other side of the half circle and cut the top and bottom edges so they are flat, creating a rectangle. Then cut notches in the top and bottom of the rectangles to create the arrow shape. Gently cut the notches away from the side of the potato stamps to remove them.
Stamp onto the tote bag with the potato, re-inking the potato between each stamp. I stamped two turquoise circles on the bag. Repeat the inking process for the half-circle stamp. I stamped in red around my turquoise circles to create a flower motif.
My geometric design is just a suggestion, but you can create all kinds of pretty designs using different colors and shape combinations. You can test your designs on a piece of paper before you paint your tote bag, if you like.
When you’re finished, throw the potatoes away — they won’t keep for more than a couple hours. There will never be another stamp exactly like the one you carved, so your creations will truly be one-of-a-kind.
For other easy and eye-catching ways to decorate a tote bag, check out this sequined DIY tote bag tutorial.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.