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