How to Do Make Prints Using Vegetables

Try Printmaking Using Potatoes and Vegetables

Making triangular and diamond shape potato prints
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This is a fun printmaking activity that all ages will enjoy. Try your hand at printmaking by making nice designs using different vegetables.

  • Age Guideline: 3 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam Meat Tray, Styrofoam Plate, or Other Shallow Container
  • Vegetable


Experiment with cuts from different vegetables to make unique prints. Try cutting a bell pepper in half and see what kind of print it makes. Another popular vegetable to use for printmaking is potatoes. Cut a potato in half, draw a simple pattern onto the cut end of the potato, and use a knife to carefully cut around the design to make a stamp.

Pour your paint into a shallow container. Use a different container for each color of paint. You might also want to keep a bowl or water on hand to clean your vegetables and fingers!

To paint with the vegetables, dip the desired side into the paint. Dab it around on the styrofoam to cover the vegetable completely and wipe off any excess paint. Now, simply press it onto the paper to make a unique print.

You can do vegetable printing on other products besides paper.

You can use fabric paint to make personalized clothing, towels, or bedding. Use latex paints to decorate furniture or even to personalize your walls. Be creative and have fun!