The holidays are right around the corner and if you haven’t thought about the gifts you plan on giving, you better get on it! LOL!
Personally, I LOVE gifting things that are personal and unique to the gift recipient’s likes and interests. Something thoughtful like handmade gifts or custom themed gift baskets are a common gift to my friends and family!!
In fact, several of my friends and I love crafting so much that we get together monthly for a crafting day and get overly excited when we are gifted a custom handcrafted and customized gift.
This year for my crafting friends, I decided to make some easy stenciled holiday tea towels to package in a tea themed holiday gift basket for their Christmas gifts. I headed to Walmart to get everything I needed, from the basic white tea towels and paint, to the baskets and Bigelow Constant Comment tea and other assorted holiday trinkets that I wanted to include in my gift baskets.
These hand painted holiday tea towels add the perfect personal touch to my tea themed gift baskets! I can’t wait for our monthly crafting night, so that I can gift these to my fellow crafting and tea loving friends, while we craft and sip on some hot tea!
Cotton tea towels
Plastic holiday stencils
Paint or masking tape (or spray adhesive)
Fabric or multi-purpose acrylic paint
Small paint brush
1. Pre-wash towels and iron out creases.
2. Place ironed towel on top of cardboard in a single layer. Using painters tape, secure stencil on towel in desired location.
3. Pour a small amount of paint onto a paper plate. Dab a foam pouncer into paint, dabbing off excess paint (pouncer should have just a thin layer of paint). Dab paint onto towel over the stencil covered area, with firm stamping movements. Try not to smear the paint around, as it will bleed paint under stencil and create a messy design.
4. Using a small paint brush, go over any small areas that the foam brush didn’t cover.
5. Allow paint to dry for about 15-20 minutes before peeling off tape and gently removing stencil.
6. Allow paint to fully dry (for at least 24 hours) then set paint (to make it machine washable) by gently ironing over painted area with iron set to medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes (do not use steam!).
Tips: Spray adhesive works better than tape to firmly hold down stencil and prevent paint from getting to undesirable areas. If reusing paint brush or foam pouncer, wash and dry thoroughly before using with next colored paint to prevent bleeding.
Holiday Tea Gift Baskets
By Heather of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Stenciled holiday tea towels
Bigelow Constant Comment or Salted Caramel tea
Disposable tea cups
Additional holiday décor (cinnamon sticks, pine cones, etc.)
Ribbon or bakers twine
Fold or roll up tea towels and tie with ribbon or twine. Arrange tea towels with other boxes of tea, tea cups, ornaments, and other holiday décor in basket.