DIY Stenciled Tea Towels

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Contact paper is my new best stencil friend. If you’re a regular around these parts, you probably know I usually use freezer paper to stencil paint onto fabric (exhibits 1, 2, and 3). But this time around I used contact paper, and it was crazy easy! No more ironing the freezer paper to get it to stick — this stuff is already sticky. I’m all about it.


  • plain flour sack towel
  • contact paper
  • pencil
  • X-Acto knife
  • craft or fabric paint
  • paintbrushes

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Cut a piece of fabric to the width of the towel. Make it tall enough to accommodate the design you have in mind. Sketch and cut a design out of the contact paper. I went with some simple triangles, just to test the waters.


Peel the contact paper away from the backing and apply it to the towel. Smooth the edges around each cut to ensure that no paint seeps through. Apply paint to the open areas. Use enough to fully cover the fabric, but not so much that it pools or seeps under the contact paper.



Pull contact paper away carefully and let paint dry.



Bam! This one was kind of an experiment but I really love it! It’s hanging in my kitchen as we speak. A few of these would make a really fab hostess gift or stocking stuffer for the holidays, too. Go make some! xoxo




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