DIY Painted Tea Towel – Colorful Citrus Stamped

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I’ve had “paint tea towels” on my to do list for the longest time. I just think they make darling gifts for moms or friends. You can really add any design you’d like. I love those flour sack tea towels and they are the perfect blank canvas. Super cheap, large, and bright white! Recently I saw the cutest idea to use fruit as “stamps” and decided it was time to go for it with my “paint tea towel” idea. These DIY painted tea towels ended up looking so cute and summery. Scroll down for the very simple tutorial.

Painted Tea Towel

Here’s what you’ll need:

Any Citrus fruit (lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc.) I used only lemon

Paint – I used a multi surface paint in a variety of colors and they did well being washed.

Paint brushes

Flour Sack Tea Towels lemon stamped tea towels

A little about the paint. I used this Americana multi-surface paint. I thought I’d be using these strictly for decoration but I did end up throwing them in the wash multiple times and they washed really well. If you are concerned about it you can always use some paint that is specifically for fabric.

Painted Tea Towels

Tips for stamping the fruit
The fruit can be pretty juicy so it’s a good idea to blot the lemon half a few times before brushing on the paint. Also, don’t go too heavy on the paint, just enough to cover the whole lemon half, but if you brush on too much you will just get a big paint blob. I tested out a few stamps on a piece of paper towel to get the right amount of paint.

Citrus Tea Towels

Press down on the lemon half onto the tea towel.

You can get creative with the painted tea towel. Different colors and designs half of the lemon wedge or the whole thing. I did a couple of tea towels with scattered stamps and a couple more where I lined the stamps along the edges of the tea towel. Citrus Stamped Tea Towels Cute for Summer

These painted tea towels ended up being so pretty just look at the colors, they are so bright and cheerful! Don’t you think they are so fun for summer? They will make a really fun one of a kind addition to my summer kitchen decor!

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

Have you done DIY painted tea towels yet? It’s such a fun project and a great gift idea for moms and friends!

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  1. These are too cute Chels! I love the colors, they are perfect for summer and look so easy to make. 🙂

    1. Hi Stacy! Thank you so much for stopping by and for pinning! I hope you’ll share a picture of your completed tea towels. I’d love to see!

    1. Thank you! I love how easy this project was – I think I want to stamp everything with lemons and grapefruit now!

  2. I love this idea, Chelsea!!! I am so doing this soon!!
    And I’m also addicted to watching beauty videos on youtube!!

  3. I love essie button too, her diy video was so cute. I really need to try stamped fruit .

    1. Yes! She’s adorable and I loved her video too! Try out the stamped fruit and then come back show me how you did! Have a great week!

  4. These are so pretty! I love the colors and the cheeriness. Perfect for the kitchen.

  5. I love these! So fresh and summery! I have bins of fabric paint that needs to be put to good use. What an easy personalized gift to give someone. Great idea…Thanks for sharing!

  6. Super cute! My last name is lemon, so I have my kitchen décor with lemons. I will have to try these! Kari

  7. So pretty! Love the colors, the daintiness of it and the way you can see all the segments! Very clever to use real citrus!!

    1. Thanks Cindy! I think it would be fun to use different citrus fruit too but I just had lemons 🙂

  8. Chelsea,

    These are so pretty and simple! What a great idea for gifts during the summer! I’d love for you to come link these up at my Skip The Housework Party! http://bit.ly/TerHGJ

  9. Not only did these turn out absolutely adorable, but they look like so much fun to make!

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  11. They’re sooo pretty!! And absolutely perfect for summer! I think the boys would love doing fruit art too. Thanks for sharing, friend!

    ~Abby =)

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  15. WOW! I am beyond in love with these. It combines some of my favorite things too: lemons, tea towels and the colors pink and yellow. I’m going to make these for my mama. 🙂

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  20. These are super cute! I have a bunch of sack towels left over from our wedding and this could be a great way to use them. BTW – we’re currently stationed in Hawaii and I am not looking forward to moving somewhere colder next year!

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  23. I tried fabric paint and the juice from the lemon made the paint thicken! I even watered down the paint and it still got all clumpy Acrylic paint did not have this reaction!

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  40. Love this idea!!! Can’t wait to try this. Do you do both sides or just one? I want to do them on napkins.

    1. Hi Robin, I did just one side since the towels are pretty thin. If you have thicker napkins you can probably do both sides.

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  41. These look great! I tried them but the fabric paint just wouldn’t spread on the fruit. Too juicy! I did try to dry up but didn’t work. My last resort was to put the fruit in the oven to dry. Will try again tomorrow.

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  55. So cute! Just wondering if you washed the flour sack towels before or after stamping? I’m planning to use fabric paint and make these functional kitchen towels. Thanks!

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  63. I need to get some and give this a try. I’ve always soaked the oatmeal and the chia overnight along with my flavorings like diced candied ginger, apple pie spice, and dried fruit like cherries, or raisins.United Arab Emirates