These homemade Valentine heart dog treat bags are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the dog in your life. This potato stamp project is an easy and fun kid’s craft.
My daughter is the true master mind of a lot of the Valentine’s Day crafts we make over here. She is a true romantic at heart and loves hearing stories of how my husband and I first met. What we did on our first date (dinner) and whether or not it was true love at first site (it was).
It should come as no surprise that Valentine’s Day is one of her all time favorite holidays. She makes Valentine’s for everyone in her class, every one in her family and this year – every dog she knows. No, I am no kidding. Last April we welcomed a puppy into her home and according to my daughter, this will be her first official Valentine’s Day.
Early one Saturday morning, she told me she was ready to make our pup her Valentine’s gift. I gave her full reign in the craft closet and sat back eager to see what she would come up with. She pulled out a mini burlap bag (no idea where it came from) and a bin full of paint. She was going to make her pup a dog treat bag, so whenever we travel we could have a stash of biscuits for her.
I asked her if she would be interested in learning how to make potato stamps. She had never heard of them before, so I dashed into the kitchen pantry for some potatoes. This is a really fun project for both little kids, big kids and moms. (For small children it is best to cut their design for them, use your judgement on whether your older child can safely handle a small knife.)
For her bags she decided on a small heart and a larger heart. Originally she wanted a pineapple, but the more intricate the design – the harder it is to cut. She chose two different paints and stamped to her hearts content. If you are looking for a fun and simple Valentine’s Day craft, this would also work on card stock or fabric.
HOMEMADE VALENTINE HEART DOG TREAT BAGS
- 1 medium potato
- Small Paring knife
- Pen or marker
Step 1: Wash your potato and cut in half. Dry the cut side with a paper towel. Have your child draw their design on the cut side.
Step 2: With the paring knife, trace their design down into the potato about 1/4 – 1/2 inch. Carefully cut from the outside in to remove the part of the potato that is not the design.
Step 3: Have your child dip the potato into paint and firmly press down on anything they feel like stamping!
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Denine & Daniele are Gemini Irish twins that spend entirely too much time together. Living on coastal Long Island, NY with their families, they operate We Know Stuff, a parenting and lifestyle blog.