Vegetable-Stamped Reindeer Towel & Mitts

By  Mary Ayres 

Finally, it's okay to play with your food! You don't just have to eat your vegetables - use them to stamp cool designs! This set makes the perfect gift for the cook in the family!

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  • Vegetable-Stamped Reindeer Towel & Mitts


  • Kitchen towel set: dish towel, oven mitt, pot holder
  • Vegetables, one each: celery stalk; large potato; baby carrots, three
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Milk Chocolate, Mistletoe, True Red, Cool White, Lamp Black
  • Red/white checked ribbon, 3/4”-wide, 13” lengths, three
  • Gold jingle bells, 5/8”, three


  • Sewing needle and white sewing thread
  • Sponge or paintbrush

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, toothpick, paper towels, knife, paper plate (palette), newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • How to Stamp with Vegetables
  • 1. Use knife to cut vegetables as desired. Dab cut ends on paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • 2. Use sponge or paintbrush to dab cut vegetable ends with paint.
  • 3. Press painted side of vegetable onto fabric, applying even pressure. Lift vegetable straight up.
  • 4. Reapply paint as needed. Let dry.
  • Reindeer Design
  • 1. Cut: potato in half (head); celery stalk into 1-1/4" and 3" pieces (antlers); one carrot in half widthwise (nose); one carrot in half lengthwise (ears). Adults, help kids when using knife.
  • 2. Stamp head and ears Milk Chocolate.
  • 3. Stamp antlers above head Mistletoe.
  • 4. Stamp nose below head True Red.
  • 5. Use end of uncut carrot to stamp eyes Lamp Black. Let dry.
  • 6. Use toothpick to dot highlights in eyes and nose Cool White; let dry.
  • 7. Tie ribbon length into bow. Use needle and thread to sew jingle bell to center of bow; secure with knot. Sew bow below reindeer; knot thread ends.
  • Tips
  • 1. Wipe vegetables clean with a paper towel instead of washing with water. The less moisture in the stamp, the easier it is to absorb the paint.
  • 2. Check out a dollar or discount store for inexpensive kitchen towel sets.
  • 3. For younger kids, use heavy-duty tacky or fabric glue instead of needle and thread to secure bell to bow.