The fun holiday season is upon us! If you are like me, you love to DIY your gifts. My favorite gifts to DIY are my daughter’s gifts to her grandparents. They absolutely love anything that she makes, and it’s always fun for Riley and I to see the smiles on their faces when they open them.
This year we are giving them Christmas tree handprint tea towels. Handprint gifts are especially fun if you do them year after year. Seeing their little hands grow each year is the best part. These tea towels are easy to make – come follow along to make your own!
DIY Handprint Tea Towel
Supplies Needed For Christmas Tree Handprint Tea Towel
- Tea Towel (I found a pack of 10 at Walmart for only $7.88)
- Acrylic Paint (Green, Gold, Brown, plus colors your child would like to have for the ornaments)
- Fabric Medium
- Paper Plates
- Paint Brush
- Paint Brush Dotter
- Water & Paper Towels
I wanted to make a small note about the fabric medium. I picked up this version from Martha Stewart at Michael’s. It is a tintable fabric medium, which means that when it is mixed with your paint of choice, it will not change the color of your paint. This makes it perfect for using acrylic paints that you already have on hand and turning them into fabric paint!
Instructions For Christmas Tree Handprint Tea Towel
First, make sure that you place a piece of cardboard or newspaper underneath the part of the tea towel that you will be painting on. This keeps the paint from seeping through to the back of your towel. Next, you will want to mix one part green acrylic paint to one part fabric medium. I just mix my paint and fabric medium in a paper plate. Have your child cover their hand in the green paint and place it on the tea towel where you want it. We went with the middle of the towel.
Next, mix up your ornament colors. Riley wanted red, yellow and blue. She then used the dot paint brush to add the ornaments where she wanted them. Make sure to clean up the dot brush in between each color.
Of course you can’t have a tree without a tree trunk and a star. Riley just used the dot brush – it’s easier for her little hands to control compared to a small paint brush.
Now you will let your tea towel dry for about 24 hours, and then you will heat set it with your iron. Make sure to place a sheet or towel in between the iron and towel. I washed our first Christmas Tree Handprint Tea Towel to make sure the fabric medium worked, and none of the paint came off of it at all! So the fabric medium definitely works, trust me!
This Christmas Tree Handprint Tea Towel is sure to be a gift that your loved one will enjoy for years to come. I know I always love receiving personalized and handmade gifts, so I am sure they will to. Happy crafting, and happy holidays!