It’s that time of year again where I bring you an easy homemade gift idea for Christmas. This year it’s DIY stamped tea towels! They are pretty. They are simple. And they are practical! I’ve always been a huge fan of homemade Christmas gifts because it shows you not only put some time into a present but a lot of thought too.
I started a tradition with my sisters last year to exchange at least one homemade Christmas gift. I love how it pushes me to come up with something new but also that I get to see what they came up with too. Since we’re very different we all come up with very different homemade Christmas gifts.
DIY Stamped Tea Towels
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SUPPLIES for DIY stamped kitchen towels:
- Tea Towels
- Fabric paint
- Rubber stamp (Click here for the cute bee one I used.)*
- Fabric Paint Markers
While I think my bees are cute if I made it again I might use this bee because its wings are more prominent and it looks less like a fly.
How to Make DIY Stamped Tea Towels
1.) Test out your stamp on a piece of white paper first to figure out the exact design you want.
If you have a small stamp you can do one line across the bottom, alternating rows of three, two, three, or even a more organic look. Try out all the looks.
I also used a paper plate to pour my paint onto and spread out the paint pretty thin before stamping the bee stamp.
2.) Designate one tea cloth as your “practice” fabric.
Trust me, this is very important! Your stamp will likely look much different on fabric than it looks on paper. This will help you figure out if you want to paint the ink on, stamp it, and how much to use. I also frequently wiped down my stamp with a spray bottle and rag to keep the outline clear.
3.) Now that you have the logistics down it’s time to stamp away!
4.) If you want to add color, now’s a great time to use that fabric pen paint to add small details as I did with the yellow on my bees.
5.) Allow the paint to dry 24 hours and then heat seal it by placing another tea towel over it and ironing your designs.
5. Tie up with a pretty bow or these cute honey stirrers!