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How to Decorate a Potato Head

Updated February 21, 2017

Create your own Mr. Potato Head using cooking potatoes purchased at the store or farmer's market. Potatoes have a naturally hard surface that makes decorating easy. Kids will get a kick out of this simple craft. Reduce expenses by using supplies found around the house. Once the project is complete, place the potato on display for everyone to see. If several kids are going to decorate a potato, consider having a decorating contest or a potato pageant.

Wash the potato with warm water before decorating and then towel dry. This will remove any dirt still on the potato's surface.

Glue googly eyes or buttons near the top of the potato. You can buy googly eyes at your local craft store. They come in a variety of colours and shapes. Consider giving your potato two different size eyes or using two different colours to make your potato head unique.

Put a drop of glue on the back of button and stick this below the eyes for a nose. Apply enough pressure and hold in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to settle.

Glue individual sequin pieces below the nose to create a mouth. Create a "U" shape for a smile, a "O" shape for an open-mouth look or a "-" for a blank expression.

Stick two pipe cleaners in the side of the potato for arms. Give the potato head legs by sticking two more pipe cleaners in the bottom of the potato.

Tip

Glue fabric pieces on your potato head to create clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Buttons
  • Google eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Sequins
  • Glue
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Shelby Winchell has worked as a journalist for more than seven years, covering the economy, political figures and celebrities for various websites. She has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.