Christmas has come and gone…but I’m sure a few people were overlooked when creating your gift list. As far as I’m concerned, gift giving doesn’t end until the ball drops, so you still have a couple more days to make up for your absent mindedness. Here’s a quick and easy DIY gift that is sure to make your forgotten gift recipient smile.
Here’s what you will need:
Flour sack kitchen towels
Craft sponge brushes
Fabric or multi- surface paint
Small containers for paint
I bought my flour sack kitchen clothes from Walmart. They came in packs of five for $4.97. They also have them at IKEA for .79 cents each.
I kept my towels folded just as they came, but I ironed the front to smooth out the wrinkles so that I can have an even surface to work on.
I wanted to do a horizontal stripe at the bottom to provide a straight edge and anchor the monogram. I taped both cloths at the same time to ensure that the pattern would match on each towel…plus it saved time too.
Before stenciling, I slid a piece of cardboard under the the first layer of fabric to prevent the paint from bleeding through.
Squirt your fabric or multi-surface paint into a small container so you can apply the paint to your sponge evenly. Make sure you follow the instructions on your paint as to how to apply or set the paint on fabric.
Carefully sponge your paint onto the towel. Be careful not to oversaturate your sponge as it could lead to bleeding and a longer drying time. I was going for a rustic look so I used a little bit of paint at first and them added more to give a slightly aged effect. Apply a little pressure to the edges of your stencil to hold them in place as your sponge. Make sure to wipe each stencil clean as soon as you finish so the paint doesn’t transfer to the next towel.
I removed the tape as soon as I was done stenciling the letters and fleur de lis. I love how they turned out and so did my gift recipients. I’ll be making a few sets for my master bathroom and kitchen.
What I love most about this gift (besides the fact that it only cost $20 to make 5 sets) is how unique they are. You can use a more modern block font for men, or omit the the fleur de lis for a cleaner contemporary look. The results are limitless!
Personalized, simple and thoughtful. They make perfect gifts all year around…happy crafting!