How to make your own colourful tea towels

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

craft printed colourful towel
(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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.

potato carving craft

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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.

potato print craft

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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.

potato print craft with towel

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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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