Radicchio Stamp Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Jane (emerald + ella)

Remember making potato stamps when you were a kid? Well this is the very pretty grown-up version, using radicchio lettuce.

I used it to stamp a table runner but it is great for all sorts of stationery like place cards, tags and wrapping paper.

Plus, it’s a sustainable way to make use of the stem that you would normally discard (or compost) when cutting up radicchio!


What you need:

  • A treviso radicchio
  • Paper towels
  • Sharp knife
  • Large ink pad
  • Paper, cards etc for stamping on. I used kraft paper which you can get on a roll from stationery supply shops like Officeworks.

Step 1. Wrap the radicchio with a rubber band to hold the leaves together. Cut the stem from the radicchio and place cut-side down on paper towels for 5 minutes to dry. You can keep the rest of the radicchio to use in salads.


Step 2. Press the stem into the ink and stamp the paper. You might want to do a few trial stamps on some scrap paper until you work out the pressure you need to apply. Set aside to dry.


Images and tutorial by emerald + ella

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a pretty and simple decorative detail – would look fabulous on place cards too for a garden themed wedding!

About emerald + ella: I’m Jane Howard, the girl behind emerald + ella – an online shop and blog which encompass a world of beautiful, eclectic things. I’m also a recipe writer, food stylist, vintage collector, New Zealander, married to an Aussie boy, aspirational crafter, wine drinker, pulled pork sandwich lover and basically just a girl who likes pretty bits and pieces.



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