One recent sunny Saturday morning before Christmas, Greta helped me make these stamped towels. With minimal prep and basic supply list, they are an easy morning or afternoon project for all ages.
– white cotton dish towels (pre-washed and dried)
– fabric paint or acrylic paint thinned with water
– plastic tray or plate for palette
– small brushes
– water for washing brushes
– paper towels or newspaper for blotting stamps
– rubber stamps, found objects, cut celery, cut apples, cut potatoes for stamping
I started with a set of white dish towels I ordered off of Amazon and washed and dried them. If they are wrinkly, it is a good idea to iron them as well.
Next, I mixed up some regular acrylic paint with a bit of water. I wanted to ensure that the paint would soak into the fabric, but not be so watery that it would not produce a clear stamp. Always test the stamp before using. If the stamp has too much paint on it, your image will be blobby – so blot on newspaper or a paper towel.
Takeout containers from our favorite Thai restaurant are the best palettes. I use them in my classroom to save paint palettes and keep supplies organized. A paper or plastic plate works well for a palette too.
Next, I prepared my stamps. We use every day items as stamps as well as rubber stamps. This is the bottom of a stalk of celery – it makes a lovely floral design. It is also the perfect size for small hands to hold and stamp.
We use several every day item stamps to create the polka dots – a cork with a handle, the base of a highlighter, and an eraser.
Of course we also broke out the rubber stamps too – there are just too many cute ideas with rubber stamps. This project was a success – Greta was patient and enjoyed the entire process. Her absolute favorite part was creating the hand prints on the towels – I had to watch her though, she wanted to wipe her hands clean on the towels we were stamping!
I let the towels dry overnight and then washed them on cold and dried them – there is no need to heat set this paint. I ironed them one last time and then wrapped them up as DIY gifts for the grandmothers. As the gifts were opened, Greta enjoyed telling both grandmothers, “My do that!”