Day 2 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is here with a set of adorable stenciled tea towels. There are stencils for pretty much everything on earth now, plus you can make your own, so there’s no one you can’t tailor this DIY for. They work well for kitchens, bathrooms, or garages. So basically anyone who eats, pees, or putters.
I chose a set of 4 robot stencils that I absolutely love and paired them with cotton flour sack tea towels. They happen to be my favorite because they don’t pick up cat hair in the nap and I love the crinkly, unfussy look of them. You can choose a heavier cotton or linen that doesn’t get wrinkled if you prefer.
Stenciled Tea Towels
Crafting Time: 30 Minutes plus drying time
2-4 Tea Towels
Scrap paper or foil for holding paint and catching drips
Wash your towels to get any chemicals off the fabric, then decide if you want to iron them beforehand. I chose not to because flour sack towels are naturally crinkly and I didn’t want to fight that.
Once you’ve chosen your stencils or set of stencils, you can tape them off individually before you paint. I didn’t. I live dangerously.
Put the area of the towel you want to stencil on a few sheets of paper or cardboard to catch any paint that pushes through and center it.
Squeeze some paint onto spare foil and start filling in your stencil. I found that a flat topped foam brush worked well for me. I used a “smushing” technique to get the paint in as opposed to actually brushing it on. Worked like a charm.
Carefully lift the towel from the surface but leave at least 1 sheet of paper stuck to the backside. Lay the towel off somewhere it won’t be bothered. Repeat on the remaining towels.
Drying time will depend on the paint you use. Mine recommended 3 days drying. Wash the towels afterwards and package up for gift giving.
I decided to do 2 of the same stencils in opposite corners for each of my towels. I ended up doing them over a few days because I risked smudging the paint if I tried to do both corners while wet, so keep this in mind if you want to do more than one corner in a limited space.