Quick Craft: Decorative Kitchen Towels

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When the holiday season rolls around I never know what to bring as a host gift to all the different shindigs that undoubtedly pop up. I don’t like to show up empty-handed but I never know the right balance between too much and too little. Well this year, I finally found the perfect gift that any host can use – kitchen towels! Think about it, whether they’re on display or used for practical tasks like cleaning, no one (in my opinion), can ever have enough kitchen towels, especially with so much cooking taking place this season. So I set out to jazz up some classic, affordable kitchen towels that would make my other treats feel a little more special.

What you’ll need:

  • Kitchen towels (minimal texture is preferred); I got a deal on a pair of nice towels and if you keep your eyes peeled you can even find six-packs for a steal!
  • Fabric paint (colors of choice)
  • Paint brushes and cleaning supplies (i.e. water, paper towel, etc.)
  • Stencils (optional but recommended for lettering)
  • Cute sayings (optional): I found a few cute and generic holiday greetings on Pinterest that were seasonally specific

Step 1

Determine how much space you’ll need for your saying or design and fold the kitchen towel accordingly, leaving only the width you need exposed for your design. If the towel is thin be sure to put a piece of paper towel behind the design space so that the paint doesn’t seep through.

Step 2

Layout your design to ensure the spacing will work and mark placements as needed with a pen.

Step 3

Paint! Have fun and watch your design come to life. Think about mixing colors on your brush for a faded or tie-dye effect or fill in stencil breaks if you’re looking for a more modern look.

Tip: If you are working with stencils, make sure to wipe the back of them before using them again to eliminate any extra paint that could transfer.

Step 4

Let dry.

Step 5

Make someone’s day! Wrap the finished product around a bottle of wine with a ribbon before your next party, or treat the towel as a bag and fill with wrapped chocolates and tie at the top for a sweet and useful gift.

The best part about this project is that anyone can do it and it can be customized throughout the year for any occasion. If you’re headed to a wedding next summer wrap a customized initial towel around some kitchen utensils, or capture your kiddo’s handprint on a towel for grandma’s birthday, so she can always have her little helpers in the kitchen with her. The sky is the limit, so get in there and get messy – you’ll always have a cute towel to clean it up!


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Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.