When you want to get in the autumn mood, you and your kids must do apple stamping, a classic fall art and craft project.
If you've never tried it, don't wait another moment! In fact, to tempt you to try this food stamping art activity, we have two different ways to make colorful prints with apples.
You can use the completed art as gift wrap, greeting cards, book binding papers, or even frame the most beautiful portion for unique art work to hang on the wall.
Apple Stamp Instructions
Since this is a process art project, the apple stamping instructions couldn't be easier. You'll be telling everyone how to make their own beautiful paper covered with apple shaped prints in no time.
What you need:
You likely have everything on hand!
- Apples, cut in half. You can also use mini pumpkins for a pumpkin stamping craft!
- Paint in desired colors. We used washable paint in autumnal colors of green orange and red.
- Tray for paint. Take-out containers are perfect and make clean up easier.
- Paper. We recommend using a very large piece of paper to cover your entire table, preferably from a giant roll of paper–one of our must-have art supply materials!
- Large clips. Optional. We use clips to keep the paper in one place by securing it to the edge of the table with extra large binder clips. Alternatively, you can use masking tape.
How to Stamp with Apples
First, cover your work surface with paper and secure with binder clips or masking tape.
Dispense paint colors into separate trays. You don't want too much, and likely it will take some experimentation to figure out exactly how much paint in each tray you prefer.
Next, cut your apple. Different cuts will produce different results. If you cut your apple in half while holding the stem side up, your print will look like a typical half an apple. But, if you cut the apple sideways through the middle, the prints will reveal a flower-shape in the middle of the print.
We recommend using at least two apples so that you can have both kinds of prints!
Finally, it's time to use the cut apple portions to stamp. Place the apple in the paint tray and cover the cut surface with paint. Now, press the painted side on the paper to make an impression.
Allow your child the freedom to try different colors, and experiment with stamping patterns on the paper! There's no right or wrong way to make art.
And don't forget, it's okay to get messy because washable paint makes for easy clean up!