Monday, May 19, 2014

Stamped Tea Towels

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Today I'm sharing the tutorial for the stamped tea towels we made during the Anthropologie Mother's Day Event so you can try them out at home!

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This project was inspired by one I had seen in Martha Stewart Living a couple years ago. You can make fun stamps out of all sorts of unexpected everyday items. Here's what I gathered for the event: 

  • Drinking glasses
  • Potato mashers
  • Wire whisks
  • Wine corks
  • Wooden blocks
  • Vintage candle holders
  • Wooden disks

The options are endless - just start looking around your home for interesting shapes (that you don't mind covering in paint!)

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Supplies for Stamped Tea Towels


  • Household objects to use as stamps (see list above for ideas!)
  • Cotton tea towels
  • Fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart multi-surface paints)
  • Foam brushes
  • Paper plates


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How to Make Stamped Tea Towels


Make sure to cover your work surface with a drop cloth or other protective material in case any paint seeps through the tea towel to the surface underneath. For each of the towels I made, I used 1-3 different stamps and a different paint color for each stamp.

1. Start by using your foam brush to spread an even layer of paint onto your stamp.

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2. You may want to test out your stamp on a paper plate to make sure you like how it looks before using it on your tea towel. Smooth out any globs of paint on your stamp – you want a thin, even layer of paint.

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3. Start stamping your tea towel! Add a new layer of paint to your stamp each time before stamping again. Use a wet paper towel to clean any paint off your hands if needed as you go along. Don’t worry if your stamps aren’t perfect or in a super straight row – a little imperfection is what makes these towels so sweet!

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Let the paint dry at least 24 hours before washing and drying towels. I washed mine on warm and they turned out great.

Here are some ideas for you and the stamps that were used for each - clockwise from top left: 1) bottom of candle holder, 2) top of votive holder and wood disk, 3) bottom of seashell shaped dish and wine corks, and 4) potato masher:

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This is a really fun craft to make with friends because each person's towel turns out so unique. They make great gifts too - I ended up sending each of these out for Mother's Day presents!

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