Fun Fruit and Veggie Stamp Projects

No need to waste those mealtime leftovers! Turn uneaten fruits and vegetables into stamps that kids can use to create food-inspired masterpieces.

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Stamped Apron

Peter Ardito

Stamped Apron

Who would have thought that you could turn Brussels sprouts into a lovely flower pattern?

Slice Brussels sprouts lengthwise and rest on a paper towel cut side down. Insert toothpick into the rounded side of the Brussels sprout, then dab paint onto the cut side. Press onto the apron and remove. Repaint the cut side of the sprout and repeat 5 times to form a flower.

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Wheely Cute Shirt

Peter Ardito

Wheely Cute Shirt

A lemon slice makes a perfect bike wheel!

Cut a lemon in half and let it dry overnight. Dab paint on it with a brush and stamp 2 circles on your t-shirt about an inch apart. Let dry, then use a fabric marker to draw the bike frame, pedals, seat and handlebars.

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Pepper Pillow

Peter Ardito

Pepper Pillow

Grow a flower patch on your throw pillow with a green bell pepper.

Cut off the bottom of the pepper and blot dry with paper towel. Pour acrylic paint onto a paper plate and dip the cut side of the pepper bottom into paint, then press onto the pillow. Repeat to create desired pattern and let dry overnight.

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Picture This

Peter Ardito

Picture This

Grab a piece of celery from a crudite platter to make this lovely picture frame.

Dip sliced end of celery stick into paint and stamp onto frame. Stamp half moon shapes close together to create a scalloped effect.

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Gold Leaf Cards

Peter Ardito

Gold Leaf Cards

Embellished blank note cards with different sized mint leaves and glistening gold paint.

Use a foam brush to apply a coat of acrylic paint to the top of a dry mint leaf, then position it paint-side down on the note card. Cover the leaf with a piece of vellum or tracing paper and gently rub it with your index finger. Slowly peel back the paper and leaf to reveal the print and repeat as desired.

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Pretty Pinboard

Peter Ardito

Pretty Pinboard

Pin up photos and cards on a bulletin board that's been beautified by button mushrooms!

Slice a large button mushroom in half and blot dry with a paper towel. Pour acrylic paint onto a paper plate and press the flat side of the mushroom half into the paint until coated, then press onto the bulletin board. Repeat, rotating the mushroom 90 degrees before stamping again, until you've created a burst-shape, then follow steps again until board is covered as desired.

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Speckled Gift Wrap

Peter Ardito

Speckled Gift Wrap

Kids can roll an ear of corn through bright colored paint to turn craft paper into wrapping paper.

Cut a large piece of brown craft paper and lay it flat on your work surface. Pour a generous amount of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Use corn holders to roll an ear of corn through the paint until it's coated completely, then roll it back and forth on the paper. Repeat until paper is covered and let dry completely.

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Bright Light

Peter Ardito

Bright Light

Use a halved onion to add this mod pattern to your child's bedroom lampshade.

First, cut a medium onion in half lengthwise and let it dry out overnight. (Optional: Pull out a piece from the center to create an oval shape.) Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint to the flat side of the halved onion and press onto the lampshade. Repeat to create desired pattern and let dry completely before attaching to lamp base.

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What's Up Box?

Peter Ardito

What's Up Box?

Cut a carrot into basic geometric shape to make a variety of stamps.

Cut a regular sized carrot into 3 sections. Leave one round, then slice off four long edges into a rectangle with the second section. Cut the third into a triangle by slicing the 3 long edges off. Dip into acrylic paint and stamp onto your surface.

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Rosebud Place Mat

Peter Ardito

Rosebud Place Mat

Make over plain cotton place mats with a single stalk of Romaine lettuce.

Cut off the bottom of a Romaine lettuce stalk and blot dry with a paper towel. Brush acrylic paint onto the flat side and press firmly onto place mat to create a rose bud shape. Repeat to create a border and let dry overnight.

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On the Dot

Peter Ardito

On the Dot

Cut a squash into sections to get different sized circle stamps.

Apply paint to the squash and stamp onto your surface. Repeat with all sizes, changing color as you go.

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Tater Table Runner

Peter Ardito

Tater Table Runner

Save a small slice of potato to decorate a table runner.

Cut a slice of potato lengthwise. Dip in paint and stamp onto the edges of a table runner. Repeat with a second color of paint.

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Apple Bin

Peter Ardito

Apple Bin

Stamp a boring canvas bin with a halved apple to create an adorable toy box for the playroom.

Slice an apple in half and blot with a paper towel. Apply paint to the cut surface and stamp onto bin. Repeat until you get your desired pattern.

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Broccoli Name Sign

Peter Ardito

Broccoli Name Sign

Instead of your kids hiding broccoli in their napkins, they can make a name sign!

Cut a raw broccoli floret in half, lengthwise. Rest on a paper towel, cut side down for an hour to remove the liquid. Apply paint to the sliced side and stamp onto a wooden sign to make small trees. Embellish with letter stickers.

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