How to Make a Stenciled Tea Towel in Minutes
This easy stenciled tea towel makes a perfect, personalized gift.
Gussy up a basic tea towel with this super-quick, step-by-step stenciling technique by HGTV Handmade’s Crafty Lumberjacks. Guaranteed to be your next go-to gift, this stenciled tea towel can be made in just five easy steps with a handful of crafting supplies.
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- stencil of your choice
- stencil brush
- fabric paint
- tea towel
- spray adhesive
- piece of craft paper
- paint tray
Stencil a Tea Towel in Five Steps
For this project, the Crafty Lumberjacks use a homemade stencil, but any purchased stencil will work for this craft. Start by placing your stencil on a piece of craft paper and applying a thin coat of spray adhesive to one side (Image 1). Take the sticky side of the stencil and place it firmly on the tea towel (Image 2). Next, add a small amount of fabric paint to a tray. Dip a stencil brush lightly into the fabric paint and use a repetitive, tapping motion to remove any excess (Image 3). Tip: Stenciling is a dry brush technique and requires very little paint. Apply light layers of paint onto the stencil starting with the edges and ending in the center (Image 4). Repeat several times for an even coat. Once it is completely dry, slowly peel the stencil from the tea towel (Image 5).
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