It has been quite a while since I first came across the idea of potato print penguins on Pinterest but I was determined we were going to do them this Christmas!
Initially I had planned for them to be the illustration on a traditional Christmas card but part way through the activity I decided that we’d make them into Christmas tree decorations and write our festive messages on the back . . .
I have to admit this was one of those pinterest activities that looks a lot easier that it was but I’m still really pleased with the results – about half way through I really wasn’t sure they were going to work but stick with it, as you work your way through the instructions they really do start to take shape!
After speaking to a couple of friends we chose to use acrylic paint rather than poster paint as it gives a much shinier finish – be aware that it is harder to get off hands and clothes than poster paint and also takes longer to dry – but the effect is worth it in my opinion!
How to make potato print penguins
2. Paint the potato with black acrylic paint (you get a better coverage with a paint brush than dipping it)
3. Carefully press the potato down on the paper
4. Leave the print to dry (we ended up leaving it over night)
5. Cut a smaller potato and repeat the process with white acrylic paint to make the penguin’s
6. Leave it to dry again
7. Add orange finger print beak and feet
8. Finish with a googly eye
To make them into tree decorations they just need cutting out and a loop of ribbon gluing or taping to the back.