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!

Supplies:

  • 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

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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!

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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.

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3) Hot glue onto the cork.

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

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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!

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

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