DIY Fall Dish Towels
Although, it requires a little technique, these DIY tea towels are super simple to make. I'm not a super craftsy person, but I can get behind a pretty DIY that is simple, especially when it makes my home prettier or a mundane task more enjoyable.
I'm also not a huge fan of terry cloth (it's one of those weird texture issues) so I buy these flour sack towels to use in my kitchen instead. They're pretty, absorbent, I like the feel of them, and there's a ton of different ways you can personalize them. (You can see some indigo ones that I dyed in this post)
I love these DIY dish towels because they add a little touch of fall to your kitchen and make doing dishes just a little more enjoyable. They also make great gifts. I think my favorite part are the metallic water color paints I used to make them. It's hard to see in these pictures, but they have just a little bit of sheen to them and play off the mixed metal trend, which I love.
Let me know if you guys make these!
- White flour sack towels
- Martha Stewart Four Seasons Medium Craft Stencil
- Martha Stewart Crafts Soft Gel Watercolor Acrylic Paint: Metallic Gold
- Martha Stewart Crafts Soft Gel Watercolor Acrylic Paint: Metallic Copper
- Craft Smart Short Flat Stencil Brush Set
- 2 styrofoam bowls
- Drop cloth or paper to protect your table
- small bowl or glass for water
- Place drop cloth or paper over surface to protect from paint
- Put a small amount of water in small bowl or glass
- Shake paints and squirt a small amount of each into a styrofoam bowl
- Unpackage stencils and towels
Instructions & Technique:
- Unfold towel and lay flat on table
- Determine your design or you can make it up as you go.
- Place stencil over towel
- Take one of the brushes and dab it in the water, tapping off excess. (I used the two largest brushes, but I don't think it really matters which ones you use.)
- Dip your wet brush in the copper paint to think it out a bit and dab off excess by dabbing the brush in the bowl or on your drop cloth. You don't want too much paint on the brush or it will get under the stencil. We're going for a light effect here.
- Lightly tap your brush up and down on the stencil to cover the design. You're not looking for full coverage here because you'll be going over it with the gold.
- Once you're satisfied with the copper, repeat the same steps with the gold paint
- Gently raise your stencil from the surface
- Let your design completely dry before washing.
* I suggest using one towel for practice until you get your water/paint mixing and dabbing/tapping technique down. This is a really simple DIY, but there is a little technique to get a clean effect.