DIY: Hand-Stamped Kitchen Towel

By Kirsten Nunez. Whether or not you're the cooking type, you can't deny just how useful a kitchen towel can be. Drying the dishes, cleaning up messes, wiping your hands - your kitchen towel has got you covered. Instead of settling for a plain jane version, why not add a little personality to it? With just a little dye and some fabric paint, you can customize your very own towel. Plus, it will look way better than a pile of paper towels in the garbage can. Keep reading to learn how to make it!


  • Fabric Napkin
  • Flour Sack Towel (available at stores like Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  • Rubber Band(s), optional
  • Thick Foam
  • Wine Cork
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Fabric Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Access to Washing Machine


1) For an abstract watercolor look, randomly add drops of fabric dye onto the napkin. For a more structured look, use the rubber band(s) to tie the napkin at equal intervals, before dipping into a plastic tub full of dye. Either way, make sure you protect your work surface!


2) Let the dye sit for about an hour. Wash for one cycle; don't forget to use laundry detergent. This one cycle will help get rid of excess dye, and help set the color.

3) Cut out a small piece of foam in the shape of your choice.


3) Hot glue onto the cork.


4) Using the foam brush, apply paint to the foam.


5) Stamp a row across the napkin. Other options include adding random shapes all over the napkin for a speckled look, or stamping along the perimeter. Whichever fits your style and taste!


6) Repeat as desired. Let dry, and you're all set to use your customized kitchen towel.


Hang it up and admire your functional piece of art. How's that for a personalized touch?