Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
- Kitchen towel set: dish towel, oven mitt, pot holder
- Vegetables, one each: celery stalk; large potato; baby carrots, three
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Milk Chocolate, Mistletoe, True Red, Cool White, Lamp Black
- Red/white checked ribbon, 3⁄4” wide, 13” lengths, three
- Gold jingle bells, 5⁄8”, three
- Sewing needle and white sewing thread
- Sponge or paintbrush
scissors, toothpick, paper towels, knife, paper plate (palette), newspaper (to cover work surface)
How to Stamp with Vegetables
1. Use knife to cut vegetables as desired. Dab cut ends on paper towels to remove excess moisture.
2. Use sponge or paintbrush to dab cut vegetable ends with paint.
3. Press painted side of vegetable onto fabric, applying even pressure. Lift vegetable straight up.
4. Reapply paint as needed. Let dry.
1. Cut: potato in half (head); celery stalk into 1-1⁄4” and 3” pieces (antlers); one carrot in half widthwise (nose); one carrot in half lengthwise (ears). Adults, help kids when using knife.
2. Stamp head and ears Milk Chocolate.
3. Stamp antlers above head Mistletoe.
4. Stamp nose below head True Red.
5. Use end of uncut carrot to stamp eyes Lamp Black. Let dry.
6. Use toothpick to dot highlights in eyes and nose Cool White; let dry.
7. Tie ribbon length into bow. Use needle and thread to sew jingle bell to center of bow; secure with knot. Sew bow below reindeer; knot thread ends.
- Wipe vegetables clean with a paper towel instead of washing with water. The less moisture in the stamp, the easier it is to absorb the paint.
- Check out a dollar or discount store for inexpensive kitchen towel sets.
- For younger kids, use heavy-duty tacky or fabric glue instead of needle and thread to secure bell to bow.
by Mary Ayres