Do you need an adorable Christmas craft but you’re short on time? Make this easy potato stamped reindeer craft in just a few minutes!
- baking potato (cut in half lengthwise)
- baby carrot (yes, carrot!) 🙂
- brown acrylic paint
- tan acrylic paint
- white cardstock paper
- liquid glue
- large googly eyes
- large red pom pom
- Cut the baking potato in half lengthwise.
- Paint the flesh side of the potato with brown acrylic paint. Make sure it is covered well with a lot of paint.
- Just a little below the middle of the paper, turn the potato vertically and press the potato flesh side down. Press down hard to transfer the brown paint onto the paper. Lift up the potato to reveal a stamped oval shape. If there are any white spots where the paint didn’t adhere, fill them in by dabbing brown paint on with a paintbrush. Don’t brush back and forth or it will leave brushstrokes.
- Paint the flesh side of the potato with more brown acrylic paint. Now, turn the potato horizontally. Position it at the bottom of the oval and press down hard on the potato to stamp the paint onto the paper. Lift up the potato to show a horizontal oval shape. This creates the reindeer’s head!
- To make the antlers, take a thick baby carrot (the thicker the better) and stick a fork in it. Dip the baby carrot into the tan acrylic paint. Press the carrot on top of the reindeer’s head to create antlers. We stamped a line and then turned the carrot and stamped lines coming off of it. Dip the carrot in paint as needed. For small children, you might draw the antlers with a pencil and have them stamp along the pencil lines. If their hands are small enough, you might even just stamp their handprints as the antlers.
- All that’s left is to glue on the googly eyes and nose and that’s it! You’ve got a super cute reindeer craft in just a matter of minutes.
We got a little crazy with ours and decided to dip cotton swabs in colorful paint and stamp them onto the antlers to make Christmas lights. We used a black permanent maker to draw the cord.
We loved how they turned out and they couldn’t have been easier to make!
Do you need more Christmas resources for your classroom? Click on the picture below for this fun reindeer Christmas reading game or search the Christmas category for more free resources! Merry Christmas!