Make these printed tea towels in just minutes! With upcoming Christmas parties and friends stopping by unexpectedly, these simple Christmas tea towels are great for a lovely hostess gift or adorable vintage Christmas decor that is functional too. Includes links to files for free Christmas stencils.
These easy printed tea towels are one of my thrifty ways to hit all of those goals! Painting with simple stencils means they are only a few dollars each to make too!
Free Christmas Stencils
As a bonus, I am sharing the files for your personal use to create these beautiful Christmas stencils. There are 3 designs: a leaping deer, Christmas trees, and ornaments. Each design has text and can be interchanged as you see fit.
Tips for Stenciling
- Make sure you are using an upright stamping motion, or you risk pushing the paint under the stencil.
- Work from the inside of the design to the outer edge.
- After you finish stenciling, leave the stencil in place and allow to dry about 1 hour.
- Touch up areas. You can see better as the towel is drying.
- The fabric paint should be machine washable. Check the instructions on your fabric paint to be sure.
- Heat set your towels so the paint bonds better.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, they will need to be heat set after drying for at least 24 hours to make the paint permanent. Use a dry iron at medium-high heat on the back side of your towel, and iron in small sections for 3-5 minutes.
Check the fabric paint label to be sure. Generally, once the paint has been heat set, they will be machine washable. Make sure to use the gentle cycle, and either line dry or machine dry them on delicate setting.
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Christmas Tea Towels
- Craft knife
- Craft Cutting Machine
- Wash and iron your towels. Fold the towel so that the stencil is placed where you want it to be. Slide a piece of cardboard or plastic sheeting under the area you will be stenciling. This prevents bleed through and gives a harder surface to stamp on.
- Using vinyl or other adhesive stencil material, cut the images with either a cutting machine or with a craft knife. Peel off the negative areas where you want the paint to be and lay the stencil into place. I like to roll from the top down to prevent mistakes like the paper sticking to itself. Press well on the edges for a good bond.
- Using a paint dauber or stencil brush, apply the paint over the stencil. Use an upright stamping motion and don't load too much paint on the brush, or you risk pushing the paint under the stencil.
- After it's mostly dry, peel the stencil material off and remove the cardboard backing.