Block Printing with Fruits and Vegetables

Christine from Christine Joy Design is back to share another easy DIY project with us today. Here, she’ll show us how to use fruits and vegetables to create a block printed pattern.

Block printing is a good educational activity to teach patterns and exploring the world around you. And it’s a great activity for kids of all ages.

Read on to learn how to make a block printed pattern with fruits and vegetables.


(Note: Most of these supplies are from Kid Made Modern's Studio In a Box)

·  Acrylic paints

· 1 small round brush

· 1 medium round brush

· .5” bright rush

· 1 fan brush

· 1 sheet of paper from the Artist Pad

· Paper plate

Food Ingredients: 

· 1 broccoli floret

· 1 stalk of celery

· 1 lemon

· 1 carrot

· 1 baby Bella mushroom

How to:

Step 1: Choose your colors!

Decide what colors you’ll want to use for your block printed pattern and set those paints aside.

Step 2: Cut your veggies!

Cut your carrot and celery in half widthwise. 

Cut a slice of mushroom.

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Step 3: Cut your fruit!

Cut your lemon in half widthwise at the widest part of the lemon or closer to either end if you desire a stamp with a smaller width.

Step 4: Make a plan!

Think about which colors you will use for each fruit or vegetable. If you wish you can lightly plan your pattern on a paper. While planning is not necessary, it’s a good way to get a sense of what your final pattern will look like.

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Step 5: Time to paint!

Squeeze your chosen paints onto a plate.

Dip your brush into the paint and cover the flat surface of each of your cut fruits and vegetables. For the broccoli, apply paint to the rough part of the floret.

Apply paint evenly and press each fruit and vegetable firmly on your paper.

Remove the fruit or veggie stamp from the paper and repeat the stamping process until the entire paper is covered with a pattern.

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Step 6: Dry!

Put print in a cool dry place to dry. 

After you print is dry, you can hang it up or frame it and turn it into a beautiful piece of wall art!

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By Staples Canada

February 12, 2021

BTS HQ - Silver