Valentine’s Day is perfect for DIY gift ideas. Here at home, we’re always looking for some sort of excuse for another arts and crafts project.
I remembered from years back when I was a kid that I really enjoyed stamping things with potatoes. A craft project that has almost been forgotten. Kids have tons of fun with it and it’s easy peasy! I remember my teacher cutting up potatoes and carving them into any shape we wanted and then stamping the fabric.
I really wanted to introduce this craft idea to my kids and I thought it would be great to combine it with Valentine’s Day so we have something to give to everybody that we personally made. A handmade gift like this will always be remembered and treasured, especially when the little ones made it 🙂
There really isn’t a big expense involved with this project, as with all my crafts that I’m showing here on the blog. The only thing that is important is that the towels should be pre-washed without any softener and the acrylic paint you’re using should be fabric paint. That way it will withstand all the washes in the washing machine later. Regular acrylic paint will just crumble off after a wash.
For the potato stamped tea towel you need:
1 tea towel (or multiple) I like the regular flour sac towels (love them actually! ), pre-washed
1 large potato
table cover, it can get messy and you might want to protect you’re surface
The following part is truly only for the adult involvd in this project
- cut the potato in half
- with a pencil trace the silhouette of a heart onto one of the potato halfs
- with a sharp knife carve out the heart
- apply fabric paint onto the potato stamp and start stamping the towel
- when done, hang up your towels to fully dry, 72 hours
Wrap them nicely and add a personal note!
Homemade Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar
These little chocolate bars are super easy to make. It really isn’t as much as making your own chocolate from scratch as much as it is about designing a chocolate bar yourself by simply melting all natural semisweet chocolate a fun Valentine’s Day molds. If course you can add add chopped nuts,raisins or coconut flakes, for more added flavor.
a package of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips ( I used Trader Joe’s. I love the taste of these chocolate after they have been melted, so smooth!)
plastic candy mold, choose a fun Valentine design, available at stores like Michael’s
- in a saucepan ( I don’t like using a microwave) , melt the chocolate chips over super low heat. The chocolate chips shouldn’t be burning hot.
- pour into candy dish and let it set in the fridge for about 2-3 hours
Wrap them them in a clear pastry bag and add a personal Sweet Note! 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day!