Harvest Linens

Stamped with potato-print acorns and leaves, these linens lend a child's imprint to an autumn table or a holiday feast.


  • Potatoes
  • X-Acto knife
  • White cloth napkins and table runner
  • Paper plate
  • Yellow and orange acrylic paints

1. To make the leaf, cut a potato in half lengthwise (a parent's job). Using an X-Acto knife, cut three wedges out of each side of the potato and a stem at the bottom. Cut veins out of the leaf's center.

2. For the acorn, cut a piece of a potato into a 1-inch square, round the edges leaving a stem, and cut a line that separates the top one-third from the bottom two-thirds.

3. Lay the napkins and runner flat. Pour a few nearly overlapping lines of orange and yellow paint onto a paper plate.

4. Press each potato stencil into the paints, then press it onto the fabric. Continue until you've finished your pattern. Let dry at least overnight, then put in a hot dryer for about 30 minutes (this sets the paint so it's machine-washable).


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