How to Use a Potato to Paint a Wall

Updated: Dec. 23, 2023

Discover how to use this potato stamp wall art trick to add texture and visual interest to your space.

Whether you’ve run out of paintbrushes and want to avoid a trip to the store or want to try something new, you’ll be thrilled to learn that there are plenty of alternative ways to paint your home. Our favorite includes using a highly versatile vegetable to apply paint to your walls—yes, you read that right.

With the help of this potato stamp wall art tutorial, you can easily use this veggie sitting in your pantry to transform your space. It’s quick, simple and efficient. Here’s what you need to know to get started with this potato stamp wall art hack.

How to Create Potato Stamp Wall Art

Not even the most skilled interior designers expected potato stamp wall art to take off when predicting paint trends over the next decade. Still, we’re here for it! Ready to tackle potato stamp wall art? Here’s how to make this process as seamless as possible.

Even when you paint with a potato, it’s crucial to properly prep for interior painting. By doing this, you can rest assured you’ll have the perfect paint job when you’re all done. Make sure you prep the wall beforehand, too—check out these tips for indoor painting.

For starters, be sure you protect your furniture by covering it. Remove any light or outlet covers, and cover the floor. Then, you can start with patching to fix any trouble spots on your wall. Then, gently clean the surface of your wall to remove any unwanted substances. To wrap up your prep, make sure you’re protecting your trim.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you can begin making your potato stamp wall art. This video from TikTok creator @indie.boho.nest demonstrates the process beautifully:

@indie.boho.nest What produce should i try next? #fyp #fixerupperhouse #decorhacks #paintedwall #diywallart #diywallpaper #viralditiktok #homegoals #accentwall #diyersofinstagram ♬ Oh my God. – Quinny👍

To do it yourself:

  • Grab a potato from your pantry.
  • Cut it in half.
  • Cut an ‘X’ shape into the exposed part of the potato.
  • Use a knife to remove the excess pieces.
  • Grab some paint.
  • Dip your potato stencil into the paint to create a potato wall art stamp.
  • Apply it to your wall to create the desired pattern.

And that’s it! We love how this adds visual interest and texture to the wall. And if you’re open to trying something new aside from traditional sponge painting, this is a fun twist.

Editor’s Tip: Even if you don’t consider yourself artistic, we’ll show you how to use stencils to create unique works of art using only a paintbrush and a tape measure. With these simple DIY wall stencil patterns you’ll be able to create everything from a simple stenciled border to more complex patterns that will add a dramatic flourish to any room in your house.

Can You Use Other Vegetables for Wall Art?

While we haven’t seen other creators getting crafty with other vegetables, you can add your spin on this trend by using different foods to create a wall stamp. For instance, if you want to create an accent wall in your kitchen and want a food-inspired print, you can halve an apple, remove the seeds and dip it into the paint to use as a stamp.