DIY Hand Stenciled Tea Towels

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As I browsed the Internet one day, I came across a set of tea towels for sale on a website. One towel said, You Wash” and the other said I’ll Dry.”


Need to come up with a gift for a large number of people? Hand stenciled tea towels are easy and affordable to make in large quantities.

That’s exactly how my husband and I divide and conquer in the kitchen after dinner, and the tea towels reminded me of the great partnership we enjoy in our marriage. I also thought they would make great gifts for couples, family members, hostesses, and new homeowners.

I wanted to buy the kitchen towels so badly but they were very expensive – almost $40! Sheesh!

So I decided to make my own and ordered a pair of custom stencils from I picked out the stencil font I wanted to use for the words, and for less than $20 received a pair of 6×6 inch “You Wash” and “I’ll Dryreusable plastic stencils in the mail.

To create DIY beautifully hand stenciled tea towels you’ll need the following supplies:

  1. Place the area of your tea towel that you will stencil on a piece of cardboard. Spray the back of your stencils with stencil adhesive spray, let air dry for one minute, and place your stencil on your tea towel.
  2. Dab your foam sponge pouncer in the fabric paint being careful not to pick up large globs of paint. Too much paint will cause your your paint to bleed as you’re stenciling.
  3. Begin dabbing paint evenly on your stencil with the foam sponge pouncer. When finished, carefully remove the stencils and let the tea towels air dry.

This is a very easy DIY project that doesn’t take much time to make. It took me about 15 minutes to stencil my first pair of tea towels. I’m sure I’ll be even faster next time when I plan to stencil several sets of towels at a time.

Now that I already have all of my supplies, I’ll be able to make as many of these “You Wash” and “I’ll Dry” tea towels as I want for as low as $2 each. What a bargain for such a beautiful gift!

Besides cute sayings, you can hand stencil flowers, animals, holiday icons, patterns, and initials. You could also order a custom stencil with your family’s last name, such as The Drews, and give a kitchen towel to all of your family members.

There are so many ways to customize and personalize this thoughtful gift idea. Just use your imagination or Google around for inspiration!

You can give hand stenciled tea towels by themselves or pair them with a kitchen accessory such as wooden spoons. You can also use them to wrap a gift or to line a basket filled with home baked goodies.

I think long-lasting, healthy relationships are more important than the idea of marriage. At the root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership.  – Carson Daly

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