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Friday, December 3, 2010

{Christmas DIY} Holiday Hand Towels

We talked about Hostess Gifts yesterday and I mentioned we aren't hosting a party at Sugarplum Casa this year. But we still have friends, neighbors and family that drop by to say 'Merry Christmas' (and hopefully bring cookies!) So I like to make sure the Guest Bathroom is festive and inviting in case it's needed.

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Fortunately, I gave the Guest Bath a makeover this summer, so all it required was some Christmas cheer! I took this as an opportunity to get my craft on....Stenciled Hand Towels!

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I've never actually stenciled anything successfully before, so I figured I'd better keep it simple. I chose a really flat, tightly-woven fabric, and an adhesive stencil. These napkins from Target seemed like a good size, and at $3, I wasn't taking too big of a risk.

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I've been going to town with hem-tape lately (here and here), so I thought I'd use Fabri-Tac this time. Wowza was that easy!

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1) Measure and cut 2 pieces of ribbon and decide how you want them positioned. I found it easier to apply the glue directly to the ribbon instead of the towel.
2) Fold the excess around to the back and glue in place.
3) When applying ribbon to the second towel, lay the first one next to it so you get consistent spacing.

For the stencil I needed fabric paint. And while I don't own any fabric paint, I own quite a bit of acrylic paint (which will stick to fabric, but dries really hard and cracks easily). Thanks to the wonders of Google, I found Textile Medium, which transforms acrylic paint into washable fabric paint. It's about $6 at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, but now I'm able to use any of my acrylic paints on fabric!

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You mix 1 part Medium to 2 parts paint. We decided to test it out on an old bed sheet first (especially since I only had two towels for the project!)

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It went on easily and dried smooth and pliable. So it was time to apply our tree to the hand towels.


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1) Position the stencil carefully, then press down all the edges insuring no paint will seep through.

2) I used a flat, angled brush to fill in the paint.

3) I figured painting stripes looks better when you pull the painters tape off immediately, so I went with the same philosophy in stenciling.
The kids then used Q-Tips to dab on paint for the ornaments. Following the directions on the Fabric Medium, I used an iron (once the paint was dry) to heat set.

Everyone was pretty happy with how they turned out....and you can't beat a 30-minute project!

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Sure you can buy Holiday hand towels just about anywhere, but isn't it always more fun to make your own stuff?! We have five of these mini-trees around the house, and each follows the theme of our Christmas tree this year, with a snowflake topper.

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And speaking of Hostess Gifts, these would be pretty cute to give. Or you could stencil a monogram (a la Martha) for a personalized gift.



Happy Weekend, Sugarplums! I hope it's full of Christmas Cheer!

33 comments:

  1. OMG - I love these! They look store-bought! The ric rac ribbon adds the perfect whimsical touch! Nice job (as always!) :)

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  2. Those are too cute! I love textile medium because fabric paint is so expensive! I've never seen those adhesive stencils before...pretty cool! :) Have a happy day!

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  3. Those are adorable, I'm going to
    Target today!

    Have a great day!

    Rondell

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  4. Cute towels! I love the previous hostess post. I ordered business cards from pixelimpress and they turned out perfect!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sara
    www.travelsinheels.blogspot.com

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  5. I love that you got the kiddies involved in it! (c: And the are cheap and easy, the classic combo! I'm going to come live at your house for Christmas to join in all the fun...What?!? I need to stay at my own house??? Fine. But I'm coming back for all your other Christmas ideas (c;

    http://loveallthingsbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  6. Those are so cute and I love that your kids helped. That means I may be able to do it too! ;)

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com

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  7. So cute, I love that you do crafts that the kids can be involved with. Kills two birdies with one stone ;)

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  8. those are adorable! and i really love that the kiddos were involved- that makes them all the better!

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  9. Cassie, i love them. It reminded me I haven't really decked the halls in the guest bathroom. Such a great tutorial, too. Another fantastic project, my friend.

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  10. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog:) I'm your newest follower and love your DIY Christmas towels-you're very crafty!!! xo

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  11. You're so crafty! I love the idea of monogramming them too.

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  12. Hey Cassie, we must be by each other. I'm just outside of Dallas, how about you?

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  13. How sweet! I love how you let the kiddos help! You're always so creative. And it's fun how just the small touches like cute hand towels can make a room feel so much more festive!

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  14. What a great DIY. I could never do that. Fantastic job and great little helpers!!

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  15. the stripes in your guest bath are amazing! your kids are adorable..

    just linked to you through another blog. i'm your newest follower!

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  16. Cassie those are awesome! So much better than store bought. I am not liking the ones in the stores!!

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  17. Super cute -- and I love that the kiddos could participate! I absolutely adored crafting with my mom as a little girl. Happy weekend, Cassie!

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  18. That is the coolest thing! I love your little artist- so cute. That bathroom is my fave, the stripes came out perfect. The monogrammed towel idea is great. We have the "His" and "Hers" handtowels in our master bath from PB, but now I see they could've been made for much less money and would be so cute!

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  19. So cute and such a great idea!

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  20. you've done it again, friend! this is adorable! can i borrow your brain for a day??

    my family and friends are so lucky that i read so many amazing blogs... they will all have some fabulous diy christmas presents this year!! :)

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  23. Your guest bath is beautiful. You did a gorgeous job. Another fun hostess gift! How cute that your kids had fun with it and they turned out so festive. I like your mini trees. I have to go search for a couple of those. Have a good weeekend, Cassie.

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  24. woah somehow posted 3 times. sorry about that! just excited about christmas, i guess! ha ha.

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  25. Those towels are so cute!!! And I adore your bathroom!

    Luvs!

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  26. I am so impressed! Those towels look great! I will def be trying this project! Also adore the stripes in your bathroom, they look great! Awesome blog!

    http://designerbagsanddirtydiapers.blogspot.com

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  27. Those look like you bought them from the store! So cute! And I love the idea of doing monogrammed ones -- that would be a wonderful Christmas present for several people on my list! Have a great weekend friend!

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  28. Love how it turned out! I will have to find some of that medium; how clever! I recently posted how I made a lot of white napkins using a bed sheet. Maybe a cost effective way to make a lot of holiday hand towels too...hmmmmm

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  29. Very very cute! You did a great job on these little towels and your bathroom looks beautiful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. What a great idea - and they turned out great! I love your whole bathroom and especially the little tree. Is it real or fake? did you make it or buy it? I of course want to copy it!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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