DIY Emoji Backpack: Potato Print Craft

Looking for the perfect summer accessory for any outfit or adventure? Check out this plain drawstring bag we turned into a fun, adorable, and functional tote for kids! Follow these easy step-by-step instructions below to design a DIY emoji backpack using a potato (yep, you read that right!).

Step-by-Step instructions for making a DIY emoji backpack with this potato stamp craft!

I bought these canvas drawstring totes for about $4 each, but you can make this DIY emoji backpack using any fabric bag, tote, or pouch! Here are a few other things you may need:

Let’s Make a DIY Emoji Backpack


Slice the potato in half; this will be your round emoji face stamp.

Pour yellow acrylic paint onto a paint tray.

Place a piece of cardboard inside the bag so that the paint does not bleed through.

Using paint and a potato stamp to design a DIY emoji backpack.


Use the paint brush to coat the flat circular surface of the potato OR dip the potato into the yellow paint. You may want to make a few practice prints on scrap paper to experiment with this method before moving on to the next step. 

Press the painted potato flat onto the canvas tote. Apply even pressure and then lift it up, leaving a circle. You can touch up any missing paint with your paintbrush or leave it for a more organic look.

Repeat as desired and let dry. 


Choose which emojis you want to add to your bag. 

Once dry, lightly draw emoji faces on the yellow circles using a pencil

Go over the pencil lines using paint, permanent marker, or puffy paint. I personally prefer to outline and fill in my drawings using squeezable puffy paint! 

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to design a fun DIY emoji print backpack using a potato stamp for Emoji Day (July 17)!

This easy and creative summertime craft is a perfect way to celebrate World Emoji Day on July 17! These DIY emoji backpacks are a great idea for a party favor or just because!

Celebrate World Emoji Day with kids by doing fun crafts, games, baking and a movie night! Jessica Grant shares more activities for kids on Emoji Day!!

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