DIY Painted Kitchen Towels

I have a bunch of plain white kitchen towels that I use for everything – to dry dishes or my hands, and as rags to clean counter tops and other furniture.  They’re such a great re-usable alternative to paper towels! I’ve been wanting to do something with a few of them, to give them a little pop of color or pattern.  I thought about embroidery, but that seemed like a lot of work for something that might get dirty and eventually tossed out. I decided to paint some with fabric paint – so easy and fun, and a great way to turn simple white towels into something a bit more beautiful!

painted towel materials

Painted Kitchen Towels

All you need:

Plain white kitchen towels

Fabric paint

A paint brush.

mixing paints

I think my favorite part is mixing colors and coming up with my own color palette.

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For the first one I just did a simple triangle pattern around the border.

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For the second, I experimented with various colors and watercolor splashes of paint. I like it, but it wasn’t my favorite – I think something like this could look really amazing covering an entire pillow case. If you try it, be sure to share.

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For the third towel I used half of a lemon as a stamp. I’ve seen this technique done elsewhere and have always wanted to try it – I’m thrilled with the results! When doing this, make sure there isn’t too much paint on the lemon (you can apply the paint with a roller, or if you don’t have one, stamp it on some scrap paper first to lessen the paint.

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Hang the towels and allow them to dry fully. Once the paint is completely dry, them give them a wash before using.

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such a great idea! i will definitely have to try this.

Wauw, Love this!

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Awe Bob!!! I <3 this!!!

This would be such a cute personalized gift!

Warm Regards,

How beautiful! These look like a great DIY gift!

Wait the lemon one is amazing! It would look so cute with yellow paint on a light blue towel!



Actually so beautiful! I also believe that mixing patterns can result in beautiful wall art!


Where did you find the towels?

This is definitely gonna be my next DIY project. It would be cute with all kind of fruits and veggies… The possibilities are endless!



Love this diy idea, SO simple but such a great and personal gift <3 thanks for sharing


where did you buy the towels?!!!!!!

Very creative! I will try this one at home if I have some time this weekend.