How to make your own colourful tea towels

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  • Brighten up kitchen essentials with this fab idea from Style at Home

    You don’t have to paint the walls to give your kitchen an update. These gorgeous accessories are a doddle to create using decorative paints – and take next to no time to do. So, go back to your school days and use a spud stamp to liven up plain tea towels.

    Takes 30 min

    Costs £6.34 per towel

    What you’ll need

    1 potato

    Felt-tip pen

    Small, sharp knife

    Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints in Royal Blue and Aniseed Green, £3.99 for 45ml, both HobbyCraft

    Plain white tea towels, £2.35 each, The Clever Baggers

    Tip Stamp your leaf design on to other kitchen things, like an apron, canvas shopping bag and oven gloves.

    1) Cut the potato in half so you have a flat surface. Soak up the
    moisture with kitchen roll. Draw a leaf shape on one half of the potato
    with the felt-tip pen.

    2) Score with the knife around your pen line. Cut away the potato
    around your scored line to leave a raised leaf shape. Repeat on the
    other potato half.

    3) Pour the fabric paint in two saucers. Practice by stamping the potatoes onto paper first, then stamp a design on the tea towel. When dry, fix with a warm iron.

    Tip Create a variety of patterns by mixing two different leaf designs or stamping in two different colours.

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