Hand-Stamped Tea Towels - a fun, simple, & inexpensive craft, for Moms & Preschoolers to create together.
Take a tea towel, stamp with fruit, stamps, hands, whatever you desire. I use acrylic paint rather than fabric paint. Acrylic paint is cheaper, and frankly, I have an abundance of it. The way to make it permanent is to heat set it before washing. This can be done by either ironing it, (under a protective piece of fabric or towel), or to throw it in the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat...(my preferred method)!
Squeeze out a generous amount of paint onto a plate, wax paper, or a piece of acrylic. Spread the paint out a bit, creating an even stamping surface. Use a protective barrier underneath, as some paint may soak through the towel, onto your surface. Cardboard, newspaper, wax paper are all suitable options. Be sure to adequately & evenly cover the surface of your stamp with paint. Foam stamps work particularly well. Press firmly, and gently peel the stamp away from the fabric for a clean image. If you aren't pleased with the coverage...or one of your stamps turns out to be a doozy...you can go back in with a paint brush and touch up any problem areas.
The sky is the limit, you can decorate clothing, curtains, pillow cases, aprons...your options are unlimited. We have an apron that I started collecting hand prints on. It is a fun place to capture the size of their growing hands. Their name is written along with their age & the date, in permanent marker. When they are men, and I am a Grandmother, (hopefully), I can show my grandbabies that their Daddies were once little boys while I am wearing my special apron.
Note: Do not turn your back for a minute, especially after Preschooler has already had a bath for putting paint in his hair. Be sure your camera is handy!